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 for the 2017/18 academic year:

We in the position to offer a number wavers for PhD students (Home and EU)

The following opportunity is avaliable 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.

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. 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 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

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

Other potential funding sources:

White Rose DTP

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

TitleA sociological analysis of medicines development and the role of patient charities

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, and then apply for the ESRC DTP studentship separately

PhD application

Studentship application

Deadline for applications: 8th Sept


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:

  1. a tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£14, 553 in 2017-18)
  2. research training support costs
  3. 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: BA/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

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview at the University of York in late September.

Informal enquiries can be made to Andrew Webster, SATSU.

PhD Fee Waivers


The University of York 

Department of Sociology PhD Scholarship

Call for Applications



Qualification type:



University of York, UK

Funding for:

UK/EU Students

Funding amount:

Fee waiver (Home/EU fees) ONLY

Start Date

October 2017


Full Time for three years

Placed on:

July 2017

Application Deadline:

31st August 2017


Applications are invited from highly qualified and motivated applicants to apply for the Departmental PhD fee waivers in Sociology at the University of York.

The PhD Scholarship, in the form of a Home/EU fee waiver, is available from October 2017 for a period of three years. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to undergraduate teaching in the Department (additional payment).

This is a unique opportunity to study at one of the UK's leading sociology departments, which was ranked 1st in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). Applications are sought in the broad field of Sociology to fit with the areas of expertise of the department.

Further information about the Department’s research strengths and areas can be found here: Applicants may consult the following website for up to date information on current supervisory interests of academic members of staff: 


Academic requirements:

You must have at least an upper second-class (2:1) honours degree at undergraduate level or equivalent, and you must have completed research training at Masters level by 30 September of 2017 and secured skills in relevant social sciences research methods.


Application procedure:

First, to apply for the scholarship, you will need to submit a formal PhD application through the University’s online application system

The deadline for applications is Thursday 31st August 2017 at 23:59 (GMT). Application documents include a research proposal, a personal statement, a CV, previous degree certificates, academic transcripts and two reference letters. Please indicate on your application documents that you intend to apply for a Department of Sociology PhD Scholarship.

Second, you must also submit a separate copy of your application to the Department of Sociology (, entitled ‘Sociology PhD fee waiver application’. The deadline for submitting applications is 23:59 pm (GMT) on Thursday 31st August 2017.

Note: It is highly recommended that you get in touch with potential supervisor(s) to discuss initial research ideas for your PhD project.


Important dates

Application deadline: Thursday 31st August 2017 at 23:59 (GMT).

Interview date: 20th September 2017


Please contact Dr Xiaodong Lin ( or Mr Richard Firth ( if you have any enquiry.

Who to contact

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

Richard Firth, Graduate Administrator

+44 (0) 1904 323044