WRDTP/Stuart Hall Foundation Awards

The WRDTP is delighted to announce our partnership with the Stuart Hall Foundation (SHF), supporting 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 2022. 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 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 WRDTP/Stuart Hall Foundation 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 13 October 2021, 2-3pm
  • Tuesday 16 November 2021, 5.30pm-6.30pm

Sessions will include a slideshow presentation and time for questions, which can be submitted via the Blackboard Collaborate text-based chat function. A reminder email including a link to the session and instructions on how to use Blackboard Collaborate will be sent nearer the time of your workshop.

To book your place on either session, please follow this link.

Potential supervisors of applicants 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

Students do not apply to the WRDTP directly.

First, applicants must contact the relevant school/department at the University in which they wish to study, to find out how to apply for a research degree programme (and Masters programme if applying via the 1+3 route), and a scholarship. The process for applying for a PhD place and a scholarship varies according to your institution – if you need further advice, email us at enquiries@wrdtp.ac.uk and we can put you in touch with colleagues at your university who can help.

Students must have submitted their application for a PhD study place to their department/school by 17:00, 26 January 2022 in order to be considered for an ESRC WRDTP PhD studentship award. 

Following this deadline, if you receive an offer of a study place and have applied for a scholarship with your university, your department/school will assess whether to put you forward for an ESRC WRDTP studentship, and will confirm their decision with you directly.

If you are successful in being put forward for a studentship, your department/school will complete a ESRC WRDTP Studentship Nomination pack and submit this to the WRDTP on your behalf. Your potential supervisor, or your department’s PGR Director or PGR Administrator may liaise with you in order to gather the information required for the nomination form.

The deadline for departments/schools to send Nomination Forms to the WRDTP is 17:00, 23 February 2022.

Once received by us, the nominations are assessed, and the WRDTP will notify the Scholarships Officers at each university of the outcomes. Scholarships Officers then have until 22 April 2022 to inform all studentship nominees if they have been successful.

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 WRDTP/Stuart Hall Foundation 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 WRDTP/Stuart Hall Foundation 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 WRDTP/Stuart Hall Foundation 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.