ESRC Studentship Funding

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 2016, is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan.

We offer a range of social sciences PhD studentships starting in September/October each year at our partner universities.

The awards on offer are either/or:

+3 programme: funding for a three-year PhD (assumes that a student has already met the majority of the core social sciences research methods training requirements and that the PhD focus is largely on more advanced training)

1+3 programme: an integrated Masters programme precedes the three-year PhD which will deliver the core social sciences research methods training requirements (e.g. MA Social Research)

ALL awards are available for study part-time.

Applications for the following WRDTP ESRC Awards competitions will be welcomed from November 2021:

  • WRDTP Pathway, incorporating 2 x Interdisciplinary Research Awards and 2 x WRDTP/Stuart Hall Foundation Awards for Black British students (50% funded by DTP and 50% funded by Dept/School etc)

  • WRDTP Advanced Quantitative Methods Awards (100% funded by DTP)

Academic colleagues, please note that WRDTP Collaborative Awards have been phased out over the past few years and as of this cohort, are no longer available.

For information on studentships associated with the ESRC Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre, see here.

Further information on the training programmes can be found here.

Links to MA Social Research programmes offered at our partner Universities can be found below:

How to apply

Information workshops on the studentships application process were held during the Autumn semester on the following dates:

  • Thursday 14 October 2021, 10am-11am
  • Thursday 18 November 2021, 5.30pm-6.30pm

A recording of the 18 November session can be viewed below.

The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership is pleased to announce 6 studentships associated with the ESRC Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre, starting October 2022. For more details, please visit this webpage.

Key information for Applicants, Postgraduate Directors and Supervisors

Eligibility criteria

  • For 1+3 and +3 awards, applicants must hold at least a UK upper second class honours degree or equivalent.
  • Applicants applying for a +3 award must demonstrate that they have already completed the full social sciences research methods training requirements at masters level. i.e. to be eligible for a +3 award, the student must demonstrate that they have already completed substantial social sciences training in research methods which would enable them to undertake an independent research project in a particular discipline or interdisciplinary field. A candidate must have at least 60 credits at M level of core social sciences research methods training acquired in the last five years. This must include a broad range of methods, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods and the use of appropriate software/tools for their application, and comprehension of principles of research design and strategy, and an appreciation of alternative approaches to research.  For more details on +3 eligibility see the FAQs above.
  • All UKRI-funded PhD students will be eligible for the full award – both the stipend to support living costs, and fees at research organisations’ UK rate. Further details can be found in the documents above, and the UKRI website
  • International students are eligible for all UKRI-funded postgraduate studentships. UKRI will normally limit the proportion of international students appointed each year through individual doctoral training programmes to 30 percent of the total (for the WRDTP this equates to 11 awards in total, across the Pathway and AQM competitions). Schools/departments should speak to their institution’s WRDTP AQC member(s) to confirm the process for nominating international candidates for a WRDTP studentship.

WRDTP Pathway Awards 2022/23

The WRDTP ESRC is pleased to announce 35 interdisciplinary Pathway Awards starting September/October 2022.  The WRDTP is required by the ESRC to offer awards through open competition and not based on internal discipline/departmental quotas.

Our allocation of Pathway Awards incorporates 2 x Interdisciplinary Research Awards and 2 x WRDTP/Stuart Hall Foundation Awards for Black British students. The overall number of Pathway Awards is 35.

WRDTP AQM Awards 2022/23

The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership is pleased to announce 4 fully funded Advanced Quantitative Methods Awards starting September/October 2022.

Associated Studentships 2022/23

The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership is pleased to announce 6 studentships associated with the ESRC Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre, starting October 2022. For more details, visit this webpage.