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 for the 2017/18 academic year:




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 2016/17, the basic stipend for ESRC studentships is £14,296.

These scholarships are available on a 1+3 (Masters + PhD) or a +3 (PhD only) basis. Before you apply it is important that you read the guidance here.

The deadline for applicants is Wednesday 1 February 2017 at 5pm.

Please note: there are two steps to the application process.

  1. You must apply for a place on a PhD programme. Apply for the PhD in Sociology This application is reviewed and processed by the Department of Sociolgy.
  2. You must apply for the scholarship separately here. 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 Scholarships Council (CSC).

The scholarships are open to Chinese nationals intending to begin a PhD at the start of the 2017/18 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
  • A grant for living costs
  • One return flight from China
  • UK visa fees

Information on eligibility criteria and the application process can be found here.

On the application form interested applicants should select "UoY China Scholarship Council Funded PhD" for the question "How do you intend to finance your studies?".

In order to be eligible for this scholarship we advise you to apply for a place on the PhD programme by mid-December 2016. This gives us time to process your application.

information on fees can be found here.


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

Other potential funding sources:

White Rose DTP - Collaborative Award

White Rose ESRC Doctoral Training Collaborative Award in Sociology/Science and Technology Studies

Title: Biomedical innovation and the strategic role of the Patient Charity: Parkinson’s UK and the challenges of smarter drug development

Supervisors: Professor Andrew Webster, SATSU, Department of Sociology, University of York and Dr Daryl Martin, Department of Sociology, University of York

Collaborating Organisation Supervisor: Jill Gallagher, Clinical Development and Regulatory Manager, Parkinson’s UK

Apply: applicants must first apply for a place on the PhD programme (via the online application webpages ) and then apply for the ESRC DTP studentship separately via the following webpage by the deadline stated below

This social science PhD project examines three linked processes central to the development of new patient-centred medicines: the role of patient-centred/led innovation; the implications this has for pathways to the clinic; and the production, marshalling and integration of diverse forms of patient data. The main patient charities are now playing a major strategic role on all three fronts, helping develop new disease models, trials design and regulatory change through their central participation in pre-competitive consortia. In collaboration with Parkinson’s UK, this project has been co-designed to examine the influence of such consortia and their role in changing the drug development landscape and biomedical innovation pathways. This will especially include a consideration of the patient voice in development and in delivery in the clinic of novel interventions. The student will work closely with members of Parkinson’s UK in the collaboration with York’s Sociology Department. The PhD is linked to related work by the Science & Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) in the Department which has explored the dynamics of health innovation, standardisation and clinical delivery. The project is grounded in a medical sociology/science and technology studies (STS) approach The collaboration with Parkinson’s UK would provide the student with an excellent opportunity to develop a career within the patient charity sector, academia or more widely in policy-related research.

Funding Notes
Depending on experience, this studentship is available as either on a +3 or a 1+3 basis. Please see the WRDTP Studentship FAQs 2017-18 (Q15) for further information on required training for a +3 studentship: ) Funding will cover: (i) a tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£14, 553 in 2017-18), (ii) research training support costs, and (iii) tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Full studentships are available to UK and EU students who meet the ESRC residency requirements (for further details see the ESRC Funding Guide, page 9 and Annex 1). Students from EU countries who do not meet the ESRC residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Your eligibility for the studentship will be assessed once you submit a formal application.

Essential: BSc in a Social Sciences or Health Sciences degree at 2.1 or above and a Masters in Social Science, with an excellent project/dissertation mark (completed or expected by October 2017)

Desirable: Strong interest in medical sociology and/or science and technology studies in relation to innovation processes and patient-centred medicine; specific interest in the medical charity sector; broad interest in the pharmaceutical sector.

Other information
This PhD project is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. By combining the expertise of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, the DTP delivers excellent supervision, first class training and vibrant intellectual environments for postgraduate research students.

Selection Process
The deadline for applications is July 3rd.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview at the University of York on July 14th.

Informal enquiries can be made to Andrew Webster, SATSU. Further information about SATSU can be found at:



Who to contact

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

Richard Firth, Graduate Administrator

+44 (0) 1904 323044