ESRC White Rose Social Science DTP scholarships


ESRC White Rose DTP applications for 2022/23 entry are now closed.

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.

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.

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 (£15,609 in 2021/22)
  • 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 awards are submitted through the University's Postgraduate Online Application system. The application window for applications to these awards for 2022/23 entry will open on November 1st 2021. The deadline will be Wednesday 26th January 2022 at 17:00 GMT

ESRC funding commences on 1st October each academic year. By selecting a start date of 1st October 2022, 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.

Further information

Scholarships FAQs

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