Accessibility statement

PhD funding


We are one of the largest and most influential Sociology Departments in the UK.

Research is at the heart of what we do, and we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference as well as driving forwards knowledge and understanding of Sociology on a global scale.The Department works to maximise the amount of financial support available to PhD students, and is proud to be able to offer a range of funding opportunities.

We offer a range scholarships to support PhD students.

The following scholarship opportunities are available:


White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP)

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) is the structure through which PhD students within the Department access Economic and Social Research Council PhD funding to support their studies.

It will give you access to:

  • 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

Subject to ESRC eligibility criteria, the scholarships cover tuition fees and a grant (stipend) to help towards living expenses.  In 2017/18, the basic stipend for ESRC studentships was £14,553.

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

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 5pm

How to apply

Before you apply it is important that you read the guidance.

  1. You must apply for a place on a PhD programme. This application is reviewed and processed by the Department of Sociology
  2. You must apply for the scholarship separately. This application is reviewed and processed by the WRDTP.


The University of York is pleased to offer up to 10 joint-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarship Council (CSC).

The scholarships are open to Chinese nationals intending to begin a PhD at the start of the 2020/21 academic year. It will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and York and CSC priorities.

Each scholarship covers:

  • 100% of tuition fees for the full duration of the CSC funding period which is typically three years
  • A grant for living costs
  • One return flight from China
  • UK visa fees

You must obtain an unconditional offer of study on a PhD programme by 5 February 2020.


Information on funding provided centrally by the University of York is available here.

Other potential funding sources:

Who to contact

For information on any of the funding sources mentioned here please contact:

Student Support Administrator

+44 (0)1904 323234