White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (collaborative)

The Economic and Social Research Council White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull and Manchester Metropolitan.

  • Funding: ESRC stipend (£17,668 in 2022/23) plus full fee waiver
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate research
Applications for 2023/24 are closed.

Available awards

Collaborative WR DTP guidance for applicants (PDF , 13kb)

Scholarship benefits

The WR DTP was accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 2016, and is offering a range of social sciences PhD Scholarships starting in October 2023.

It will give 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.

Open to International (including EU) and UK (home) students.

The ESRC's eligibility criteria are set out in the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide (ukri.org). You should read the ESRC guidance carefully before applying.

All students are eligible to receive a full award, to include a stipend and fees at the home level.


You must have applied online for a place on an appropriate academic programme first, before applying for the scholarship.

You don't need to complete the form all at once - you can save your progress, and a link will be emailed to you so you can continue at a later time. Once you have submitted your application, a copy will be emailed to you for your records.

How to apply

Application deadline: Monday 13 March 2023, 5pm GMT

Types of scholarship

  • Awards on offer are:
    • 1+3 programme: an integrated Masters programme precedes the three-year PhD which will deliver the core social sciences research methods training requirements (eg MA Social Research)
    • +3 programme: funding for a three-year PhD (assumes that a student has already met the majority of the core social sciences research methods training requirements and that the PhD focus is largely on more advanced training.

For both 1+3 and +3 awards, you must hold at least a UK Second Class Honours: Division One degree or equivalent. If you hold a lower undergraduate degree, you must also hold a Masters degree to be eligible to apply.

Applications will be considered by individual departments, following a departmental selection process, and applicants will be informed as to whether they are being nominated. The White Rose Academic Quality Committee will review the final nominations and decide on the final list of awards.

Your application will require details of some of the following:

  • Residential status
  • Qualifications and awards
  • Employment and experience
  • Career aspirations and publications (if applicable)
  • Events
  • English language.
How we allocate

The academic department you have applied to will carry out an internal selection process and, if your scholarship application is successful, the department will formally nominate you to the ESRC WRDTP.

If your nomination is then successful at the WRDTP assessment stage, you will be sent a letter formally confirming the offer of the scholarship. The letter will set out the value and duration of the award and asks you to accept the terms of the scholarship.

Terms and conditions

Subject to ESRC eligibility criteria, the scholarships cover tuition fees and a grant (stipend) to help towards living expenses. In 2022/23, the basic stipend for an ESRC studentship was £17,668. All awards are available for study part time.

All ESRC scholarships are subject to the terms and conditions set out in the ESRC funding guidelines (esrc.ukri.org).

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

Data protection

Any data we require will be held and used in accordance with UKRI terms and conditions of training grants (ukri.ac.uk).

Contact details

PGR Administration
+44 (0)1904 325962
Student Hub, Market Square, University of York, York, YO10 5DD

English language requirements

Further eligibility information can be found in the WR DTP FAQs section (wrdtp.ac.uk).