PhD Scholarships

White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WR DTP), accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 2016, is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan.

Subject to ESRC eligibility criteria, the scholarships cover tuition fees and a grant (stipend) to help towards living expenses. In 2018/19, the basic stipend for ESRC studentships is £14,777. All awards are available for study full- or part-time.

A WR DTP studentship 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.

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

There are two types of studentship you can apply for: Pathway Awards (of which a minimum of 41 will be funded across the Universities listed above) and Advanced Quantitative Methods Awards (of which a minimum of 4 will be funded).


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

  1. You must apply for a place on the SPSW PhD programme. Apply for the PhD
  2. You must apply to the DTP for the studentship.

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

We recommend that prospective students applying for ESRC funding discuss their proposal with the Senior Admissions Tutor, Professor Christine Skinner and/or potential supervisor before submitting their application. Potential supervisors can be found on the supervisors list

The deadline for applications to the DTP is 23rd January 2019

Process for interview in SPSW

We will interview everyone who applies for a PhD with an ESRC scholarship as long as our eligibility criteria are met. This interview will determine whether you are offered a place on our PhD programme. It will also determine whether you will be put forward by the Department for consideration for a White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership studentship.

Interviews will be held on the afternoon of 30 January and all day on 1 February

For further information see:
White Rose Doctoral Training Centre

Other scholarships 

Various other scholarships arise throughout the academic year.  Please follow a link to find the latest opportunities: