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

Potential applicants should first apply to the Department or School of their choice for a PhD place, and will then be advised whether they can make a further application for this scholarship. Applications for these studentships are particularly welcome from candidates from non-traditional or disadvantaged backgrounds who are under-represented at graduate level.

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 race, ethnicity, cultural 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/

How to apply

Departments/Schools will submit a studentship nomination on the student’s behalf in the usual way. Applicants for the ring-fenced awards will be asked to supply a statement of max. 300 words, detailing why they have applied for the Stuart Hall Foundation/WRDTP Ring-fenced award, and how their research project aligns with the SHF’s mission and vision. This will be uploaded as part of the Pathway Award nomination form for consideration.

Eligibility: 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 run in conjunction with the standard Pathway Award competition and follow the same assessment criteria. Applicants will be considered for a standard Pathway Award in the main competition.

Application seminars

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, during the Autumn semester 2020 (dates and times to be confirmed).

Potential supervisors of applicants, and other colleagues involved in the studentships process at our partner institutions are also welcome to attend these sessions, and more information on how applicants can be supported will be made available here following the sessions.

Register your interest in attending a session here and you will be contacted by the WRDTP once the sessions have been scheduled in order to book your place.

Selection committee

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 equality training.

Training will be required for those involved in scoring nominations for the ring-fenced awards. A separate selection committee will consider the nominations received and make award recommendations to the WRDTP Academic Quality Committee and the SHF.