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.

The WRDTP is keen to start addressing historic structural inequalities in education 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 Partnership 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

The slides and presentation from our virtual application workshop for the Ring-fenced Pathway Awards can be viewed below.

The workshop covers:

  • Introductory information on the WRDTP from the WRDTP Director Prof. Charlie Burns, and the Stuart Hall Foundation, from Prof. Claire Alexander of the SHF, and Yassmin V. Foster, a SHF PhD scholar
  • The timeline of the application process for the ring-fenced Pathway Awards
  • How to apply
  • Frequently asked questions about the ring-fenced Pathway Awards and how they differ from our standard Pathway Awards
  • Useful documents and resources to help with your application

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.

Please note that international students are not eligible to apply for the ring-fenced Pathway Awards.

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.