Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships 2016/17

White Rose ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (WR DTC)

The White Rose ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (WR DTC) is a major collaboration between the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield.

The WR DTC is one of the largest consortia in the country, offering 48 ESRC studentships per year over 5 years.

The WR DTC gives you access to:

  • a wealth of supervisory expertise across the social sciences
  • a wide range of training opportunities, particularly focused on maximising the social and economic benefits of your research
  • a network of students and researchers studying in your discipline across Yorkshire
  • a network of interdisciplinary contacts and the opportunity to develop expertise working across disciplines.

ESRC WR DTC scholarships are available on a 1+3 (Masters + PhD) or a +3 (PhD only) basis.

Subject to ESRC eligibility criteria, the scholarships cover tuition fees and a grant (stipend) to help towards living expenses. In 2015/16, the basic stipend for ESRC studentships is £14,057 (2016/17 rate tbc).

Eligibility

The ESRC's eligibility criteria are set out in the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide (esrc.ac.uk). You should read the ESRC guidance carefully before applying. In addition to the ESRC criteria, the following stipulations apply specifically to this scheme:

Application

You must have applied for a place on an appropriate course in the relevant department via our online application system.

Residency

  • UK applicants will be eligible for a full award to cover tuition fees and maintenance.
  • EU applicants are normally eligible for an award to cover tuition fees only.
  • EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award are eligible for a full award to cover tuition fees and maintenance.
  • Applicants from outside the EU who are liable to pay academic fees at the international fee rate are not normally eligible for ESRC Studentships

Exceptions

International applicants wishing to study Economics or Advanced Quantitative Methods may apply for a full award (tuition fees and maintenance). This award will cover fees at the standard UK/EU Research Council rate. Any difference between home and overseas fees will be met by your academic department.

Academic requirements

  • For both 1+3 and +3 awards, you must hold at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent. If you hold a lower undergraduate degree, you must also hold a Masters degree to be eligible to apply.
  • If you’re applying for a +3 award, you must have completed research training at Masters level by 30 September of 2016 and secured skills in relevant social sciences research methods.
  • If your first language is not English must meet our English Language requirements 2016/17.
Discipline-specific studentships
  • Applications for these studentships will be on a competitive basis with other York applicants.
  • You may apply for a studentship at more than one institution within the White Rose DTC.
  • Should more than one institution offer to nominate you for a studentship, you may only choose one application to be put forward for consideration for an award.

Applications closed

Discipline-specific awards

University of York Department

Number of Studentships available

Economics

  • Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Transport Economics
  • Politics, Economics and Philosophy

Department of Economics and Related Studies

Department of PEP

2

Education

Department of Education

1

Health and Wellbeing

Department of Health Sciences

2

Human Geography

Environment Department

1

Linguistics and Language Sciences

  • Linguistics
  • Forensic Speech Science
  • Conversational Analysis
  • Language Learning
  • TESOL

Department of Language and Linguistic Science

1

Management and Business, Accounting and Finance and Work Psychology

  • Management and Business
  • Accounting and Finance
  • International Business
  • Work Psychology
  • Work Science

York Management School

2

Politics and International Relations

  • Politics and International Relations
  • Politics, Economics and Philosophy

Department of Politics

Department of PEP

1

Psychology

  • Psychology
  • Neuroscience

Department of Psychology

1

Social Policy

  • Social Policy and Social Research
  • International, Comparative Social and Public Policy

Department of Social Policy and Social Work

1

Sociology

  • Sociological Research
  • Gender Studies
  • Women's Studies

Department of Sociology

Centre for Women's Studies

1

Other studentships

Collaborative Award

We have one studentship available in this collaborative project between the Centre for Applied Human Rights and ActionAid International.

  • Department: Centre for Applied Human Rights
  • Supervisor: Professor Paul Gready
  • Studentship project: Narrating Rights: promoting alternative approaches to development
  • Deadline for applications: 12 noon, 5 March 2016

Applications closed

More about Collaborative Awards (wrdtc.ac.uk)

Network Awards

We have one studentship available in each of the following networks:

Comparative Historical Perspectives on Crime, Innovation and Social Change

  • Department: York Law School
  • Supervisor: Sarah Wilson
  • Topic: Crime, Innovation and the Technology of Money
  • Deadline for applications: 18 March 2016

Find out more

Innovative approaches to understanding new forms of conservation governance for social and environmental benefits

  • Department: Environment 
  • Supervisor: Andrew Marshall
  • Studentship Topic: Investigating wins, loss and trade-offs for biodiversity and human well-being across protected area networks
  • Deadline for applications: 12 noon, 5 March 2016

Applications closed

Social Science of Agri-Food System Sustainability

  • Department: Environment 
  • Supervisor: Rob Marchant 
  • Studentship Topic: Socio-Ecological System Services for Rural Livelihoods: Adaptation to Climate Change through the Management of Multifunctional Landscape Systems
  • Deadline for applications: 12 noon, 5 March 2016

Applications closed

Relating to Data: understanding data through visualisation

  • Department: Sociology 
  • Supervisor: David Beer 
  • Studentship Topic: Engaging diverse users in visualization production and evaluation
  • Deadline for applications: 12 noon, 5 March 2016

Applications closed

More about Network Awards (wrdtc.ac.uk)

Advanced Quantitative Methods

For candidates planning to study and/or utilise Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) in their research project.

  • Any department under any theme
  • Four studentships in total across Leeds, Sheffield and York
  • Deadline for applications: 12 noon, 2 February 2016

Applications for these studentships will be on a competitive basis against applicants from Leeds, Sheffield and York. Awards will be made to the best four students, regardless of the institution they applied through, for study at that institution.

Applications closed

More about Advanced Quantitative Methods (wrdtc.ac.uk)

Applying

Applying

Use this application for all studentships.

If you wish to apply for Collaborative Studentships and AQM Studentships, see the extra pages at the end of the form.

Your application form should be preferably typed. The completed form, and any supporting documentation, must be saved as a single PDF and emailed to both:

You will receive a confirmation of receipt of your application within two weeks. If you apply within two weeks of the closing deadline, it may not be possible to confirm receipt of your application before the closing deadline.

StudentshipDeadline
Discipline-specific awards Noon, 2 February 2016
Advanced Quantitative Methods Noon, 2 February 2016
Collaborative awards Noon, 5 March 2016
Network awards Noon, 5 March 2016
Network awards (Law) Noon, 18 March 2016

In the interests of fairness, late applications cannot be accepted.

Discipline-specific studentships

If your department nominates you for an award, your application will be considered by the WR DTC Academic Quality Committee (AQC). While we expect nominations to be approved, the ESRC studentship will only be confirmed once AQC approval is received. The AQC reserves the right to overturn the decision of the department.

You will be informed of the status of your application in late April 2016.

Advanced Quantitative Methods studentships

If your department nominates you for an award, your application will be considered by the WR DTC Academic Quality Committee (AQC). You will be notified by mid-March if you are being nominated.

The AQC assesses the applications from all three institutions (Leeds, Sheffield and York) and selects four successful candidates.

You will be informed of the status of your application in late April 2016.

Collaborative awards

If your department nominates you for an award, your application will be considered by the WR DTC Academic Quality Committee (AQC). You will be notified in late March 2016 if you are being nominated.

You will be informed of the status of your application in late April 2016.

Network awards

If your department nominates you for an award, your application will be considered by the WR DTC Academic Quality Committee (AQC). You will be notified in late March 2016 if you are being nominated.

You will be informed of the status of your application in late April 2016.

Preference for three of the Network Awards will be given to proposals linked to the two new ESRC themes of:

  • Biosocial Research
  • New Forms of Data

And/or

  • Other research priorities as stated in the ESRC Delivery Plan 2015/16
Allocation

If your application is successful

If successful, your details will passed to the ESRC. Departmental representatives will help you to complete any additional forms you may need to fill out.

You will be sent a letter formally confirming the offer of the scholarship. The letter sets out the value and duration of the award, and asks you to accept the Terms of the Scholarship.

Terms and conditions

All ESRC scholarships are subject to the terms and conditions set out in the ESRC Funding Guidelines (PDF  , 387kb)

Continued receipt of all studentships is conditional upon satisfactory academic progress. We may request academic progress updates from your supervisor(s).

You should notify us in the following circumstances:

  • a leave of absence is approved
  • a change in programme of study is approved
  • you withdraw from your course.

Data protection

Any data we require will be held and used in accordance with RCUK's Conditions of Research Council Training Grants (pdf) (p. 6).