ESRC White Rose Social Science DTP scholarships

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's largest funding agency for research and postgraduate training relating to social and economic issues. At any one time, the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and research policy institutes.

The University is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership - a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, Bradford and Manchester Metropolitan University - and offers a range of ESRC Postgraduate Scholarships.

Award details and eligibility

ESRC-funded postgraduates follow a 3-year PhD programme (known as a '+3') or a 4-year programme consisting of a Masters plus PhD (known as a '1+3') depending on their previous Social Science Research Training.

The type of ESRC scholarship awarded is based on an applicant's residency status. UK and EU applicants who have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of their course are eligible for the full scholarship. This covers:

  • the standard UK/EU tuition fees
  • an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard UK research rate (£14,553 in 2017-18)
  • access to Research Training Support Grant funds to support conference and other expenses

Students may apply for additional funding to support overseas fieldwork, language training and overseas institutional visits.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have confirmed that international students will be eligible for all UKRI-funded postgraduate studentships from the start of the 2021/22 academic year. All UKRI-funded PhD students will be eligible for the full award – both the stipend to support living costs and fees at research organisations’ UK rate. Further details about international students' eligibility for UKRI-funded studentships can be found on the UKRI website.

For 1+3 and +3 awards, applicants must hold at least a UK 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent (a lower classification can be accepted with additional qualifications, for example, a Master's degree).

Applicants applying for a +3 award must demonstrate that they have already completed the full research training requirements, either through a Master's Social Science Research degree or equivalent experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the University's English Language requirements.

Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Sheffield whilst in receipt of the Studentship (except for time spent on agreed fieldwork).

Further details about the ESRC’s residency requirements and eligibility for funding can be found on the ESRC website.

ESRC funding commences on 1st October each academic year.

Further information

Scholarships FAQs

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