ESRC White Rose Social Science DTP scholarships

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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 of Sheffield 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.

Applications for the ESRC White Rose DTP Collaborative Awards for 2023 Entry are open

Please visit this page for more information.

Applications for the ESRC White Rose DTP Pathway and Advanced Quantitative Methods awards for 2023 entry are now closed. 

Award details and eligibility

The White Rose DTP awards a number of Pathway and Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) awards (Including two Interdisciplinary Research awards and two Stuart Hall Foundation awards for Black British students) through a central competition. Funding is also awarded via supervisor-led Collaborative Awards. 

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.

Please refer to the ESRC White Rose DTP webpages for information about the award schemes.

All the awards cover:

  • tuition fees
  • an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard UK research rate (£17,668 in 2022/23)
  • 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.

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).

UK/Home and International (including EU) applicants are eligible to apply for the awards. Further details about the ESRC’s residency requirements can be found on the ESRC website.

How to Apply

Applications for ESRC WRDTP Pathway and AQM awards are submitted through the University's Postgraduate Online Application system.  The White Rose DTP application deadline is Wednesday 25th January 2023 at 17:00 GMT

ESRC funding commences on 1st October each academic year. By selecting a start date of 1st October 2023, you will gain access to an additional Scholarships section of the online application form. All sections of the online application form need to be completed and submitted by the above deadline.

Some departments have earlier internal deadlines by which they need to have received your application. Please ensure that you have consulted your department so you are aware of their deadline

Further information

If you have any queries about the ESRC White Rose DTP Scholarships, please see the DTP website or email

For more information about scholarships in general, please visit our Scholarships FAQ page.