Ring-fenced Pathway Awards

The WRDTP is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with the Stuart Hall Foundation (SHF) to ring-fence two studentships for Black British students.

Historic structural inequalities in education have resulted in under representation of BME communities in academia. The WRDTP is keen to start addressing these issues through its partnership with SHF, focusing on our Pathway Award competition.

Awards are available to students applying for a PhD in the White Rose Doctoral Training Programme starting in October 2021. The scholarships can be held in any of our seven partner institutions and the award process will be administered in conjunction with the Stuart Hall Foundation.

How do these ring-fenced awards differ from standard Pathway Award studentships?

In addition to working within one of the DTP’s interdisciplinary pathways,  successful candidates will have research interests identifying with Professor Stuart Hall’s research legacy in the areas of securing wider access to education,  race, ethnicity, cultural studies and structural inequalities.

Successful awardees will benefit from working with SHF to develop their career and profile. Post holders will be able to tap into the resources and networks of the Stuart Hall Foundation, including an annual gathering of Stuart Hall Foundation Scholars and Fellows, and privileged access to the work of the Foundation.

Meet the current Stuart Hall Foundation fellows and scholars here: http://stuarthallfoundation.org/what-we-do/fellowships-and-scholarships/

Application Workshops

Applicants who are interested in submitting an application for the ring-fenced Pathway Awards are invited to attend an information session for guidance on the application process. These will be held on a virtual basis, using Blackboard Collaborate, on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 4 November 2020 at 10.30am
  • Tuesday 17 November 2020 at 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 24 November 2020 at 3.30pm

We anticipate the sessions will last around 1hr, with a slideshow presentation and time for questions, which can be submitted via the Blackboard Collaborate text-based chat function. You will receive a link to the session when you submit your booking, and a reminder email including instructions on how to use Blackboard Collaborate will be sent nearer the time of your workshop.

To book your place, please follow this link.

Potential supervisors of applicants, and other colleagues involved in the studentships process at our partner institutions are also welcome to attend these sessions for further information.

If you can’t attend any of the sessions but would like to know more, please select this option on the form, and we will email the slides/recordings from the event to you when they are available.

How to apply

More information and key documents can be found on our main Studentships webpage.


These awards are open to Black British students (Black or Black British African, Black or Black British Caribbean, Black or Black British other or Mixed Black or Black British). Applicants will self-identify and sign a disclaimer to the effect that the information they provide is correct.

All other standard eligibility criteria for 1+3/+3 Pathway Awards will apply. For more information, see the following documents and links:

The process for ring-fenced awards will be embedded within the standard Pathway Award competition and follow the same assessment criteria and timescales. Applicants will be considered for a standard Pathway Award in the main competition.

Selection committee

A separate sub-committee will consider the nominations received for the ring-fenced awards and make recommendations to the WRDTP Academic Quality Committee. Representatives from the Stuart Hall Foundation will be consulted on the award decisions made.

Nominations for the overall Pathway Awards awards are assessed by senior academic colleagues from our partner institutions. Staff involved in the WRDTP Studentships competition (both professional service and academic) will undertake or be able to evidence that they have already undertaken appropriate high-quality equality, diversity and inclusion training.