ESRC Studentship Funding

Coming Soon

Information relating to the upcoming call for the ESRC WRTDP Studentships competition (cohort 5) will be posted here by the end of July 2020. Applications will be welcomed from November 2020.

WRDTP ESRC Studentships (Prospective Students)

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 2020:

  • WRDTP Pathway & Interdisciplinary Awards (50% funded by DTP and 50% funded by Dept/School etc)
  • WRDTP Advanced Quantitative Methods Awards (100% funded by DTP)

Academic colleagues are invited to develop a proposal for the following WRDTP ESRC Awards:

  • WRDTP Network Awards (100% funded by DTP and White Rose University Consortium)
  • WRDTP Collaborative Awards (100% funded by DTP)

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

Students do not apply to the WRDTP directly.

All applicants MUST first contact the relevant school/department at the University in which they wish to study to be advised on how to then submit an application for a research degree programme (and Masters programme if applying via the 1+3 route) and also how to apply for an ESRC WRDTP PhD studentship/award.

Key information for Applicants, Postgraduate Directors and Supervisors

  • WRDTP ESRC Studentships call for nominations (coming soon)
  • WRDTP Pathway Awards Assessment – Guidance Notes (coming soon)
  • WRDTP AQM Awards Assessment – Guidance Notes (coming soon)
  • WRDTP Studentship FAQs (coming soon)
  • WRDTP Training FAQs (coming soon)

Eligibility criteria – subject to updates for October 2021 starters

  • These awards are only available to nationals from the UK and EU and are not open to applicants who are liable to pay academic fees at the international fee rate. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award (paying fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates). EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award.
  • The ESRC have relaxed the residency eligibility rules in the strategic areas of Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM).  This means that UK, EU and international applicants wishing to study in these areas may apply for a full award paying tuition fees and stipend.  As the DTP only provides fees at the UK/EU standard Research Council rate, the difference between the home and overseas fee will have to be met by Schools/Departments where the student is based.  RCUK has stipulated that students must not pay any shortfall in fees.
  • 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.

WRDTP Pathway Awards 2020/21

The WRDTP is required by the ESRC to offer awards through open competition and not based on internal discipline/departmental quotas.

The WRDTP ESRC are now offering 41 interdisciplinary Pathway Awards.

WRDTP AQM Awards 2020/21

The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership is pleased to announce 4 fully funded Advanced Quantitative Methods Awards starting September/October 2020.

White Rose DTP ESRC Network 2020/21

The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership now invites applications for the one new White Rose Network which is thematic and challenge focused.

WRDTP Collaborative Awards 2020/21

The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership now invites applications for 13 fully funded ESRC WRDTP Collaborative Awards with a variety of non HEI partners.