White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WR DTP) Studentships

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

  • Funding: ESRC stipend (£15,009 in 2019/20) plus full fee waiver
  • Academic year:
  • Open to: EU, UK and International (non-EU) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate research
Applications for are closed.
The WR DTP was accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 2016, and is offering a range of social sciences PhD Studentships starting in September or October 2020.

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.

Subject to ESRC eligibility criteria, the scholarships cover tuition fees and a grant (stipend) to help towards living expenses. In 2019/20, the basic stipend for ESRC studentships is £15,009. All awards are available for study part-time.

Types of studentship

  • 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 (e.g. 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)
  • You can choose to be considered for a pathway award or an advanced quantitative methods award (AQM)
  • Interdisciplinary research awards, collaborative awards and network awards will be available if a successful proposal on behalf of the University is made to the ESRC WR DTP.

Open to EU, UK and International (non-EU) students.

The ESRC's eligibility criteria are set out in the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide (esrc.ac.uk). You should read the ESRC guidance carefully before applying. In addition to the ESRC criteria, the following stipulations apply specifically to this scheme:


You must have applied online for a place on an appropriate course.


  • UK applicants will be eligible for a full award to cover tuition fees and maintenance.
  • EU applicants are normally eligible for an award to cover tuition fees only.
  • EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least three years immediately preceding the date of the award are normally eligible for a full award to cover tuition fees and maintenance.
  • Applicants from outside the EU who are liable to pay academic fees at the international fee rate are not normally eligible for ESRC studentships.


International applicants wishing to study Advanced Quantitative Methods may apply for a full award (tuition fees and maintenance). This award will cover fees at the standard UK/EU Research Council rate. Any difference between UK/EU and international fees will be met by your academic department.

How to apply

Application deadline: Friday 20 March 2020, 4.15pm GMT

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.

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.

Applications are now closed.

How we allocate

If successful, your details will passed to the ESRC.

Departmental representatives will help you to complete any additional forms you may need to fill out.

You will be sent a letter formally confirming the offer of the scholarship. The letter sets out the value and duration of the award, and asks you to accept the terms of the Scholarship.

Terms and conditions

All ESRC scholarships are subject to the terms and conditions set out in the ESRC funding guidelines.

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

You should notify us in the following circumstances:

  • a leave of absence is approved
  • a change in programme of study is approved
  • you withdraw from your course.

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

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

Academic requirements 

For both 1+3 and +3 awards

For both 1+3 and +3 awards, you must hold at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) degree or equivalent. If you hold a lower undergraduate degree, you must also hold a Masters degree to be eligible to apply.

+3 awards

If you’re applying for a +3 award, you must:

  • demonstrate that you have already completed the full social sciences research methods training requirements at Masters level; evidencing that you can undertake an independent research project in a particular discipline or interdisciplinary field.
  • have at least 60 credits at M level of core social sciences research methods training acquired in the last five years. This must include a broad range of methods, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, and the use of appropriate software/tools for your application, and comprehension of principles of research design and strategy, and an appreciation of alternative approaches to research. 

1+3 awards

  • If you are applying for a 1+3 award then you will be required to complete the MA Social Research.
  • You will need to apply online to this Masters degree. 

English language requirements

Further eligibility information can be found in the FAQs section on the WR DTP website.

Applications for these awards are no longer open.

  • Applications for these studentships will be on a competitive basis with other York applicants.
  • You may apply for a studentship at more than one institution within the White Rose DTP (wrdtc.ac.uk).
  • You can only apply for one studentship per scheme (e.g. you may apply for a pathway award as well as a collaborative award at York but you cannot apply for two pathway awards.
  • Should more than one institution offer to nominate you for a studentship, you may only choose one application to be put forward for consideration for an award.

The following departments are eligible to participate in nominations for a pathway award:

The above departments can then nominate in any of the following Thematic Interdisciplinary Training pathways:

  1. Cities, environment and liveability (CEL) 
  2. Security, conflict and justice (SCJ) 
  3. Education, childhood and youth (ECY) 
  4. Data, Ccommunication and new technologies (DCT) 
  5. Wellbeing, health and communities (WHC) 
  6. Sustainable growth, management and economic productivity (SMP) 
  7. Civil society, development and democracy (CDD)

You should discuss which theme is the best fit for your research proposal with your academic department.

Collaborative awards (11 awards)

There are no collaborative awards available at York in 2020-2021.

Network awards (one network, ie three studentships (one student based at York, Leeds and Sheffield)

York has been awarded one ESRC Network studentship award and applications are still open until 12pm 20 March 2020. This is available for The Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York and the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds only.  

Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) Awards (four awards)


Applications for AQM Awards are no longer open.


Four fully-funded AQM awards are available via open competition across all departments and schools and will be of specific interest to those schools/departments that have a strong track record of AQM or are looking to expand into this area. The DTP will give priority to those who will be working with large data sets (an ESRC priority). Both 1+3 students and +3 students are eligible for nomination.