White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WR DTP) Studentships 2018/19

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.

Deadline for applications: 24 January 2018, 5pm

The WR DTP is offering a range of social sciences PhD Studentships starting in September/October 2018.

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 2017/18, the basic stipend for ESRC studentships is £14,553. 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 WP DTP.

Please read the following additional information on types of scholarships before deciding which award you'd like to apply for.

Eligibility

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:

Application

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

Residency

  • 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

Exceptions

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.

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.

Pathway awards
  • 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, Communication, 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.

Deadline for applications: 24 January 2018, 5pm

Other studentships

Collaborative awards (13 awards)

The DTP is offering 13 collaborative awards. The studentships will be linked to partners in the private, public or third sectors. These links do not have to involve funding and could be internships, placements or other forms of meaningful collaboration.

A call for proposals is currently underway and further details will be available following the announcement of the successful collaborative awards.


Network awards (1x network, i.e. 3 studentships)

The DTP will be offering one new White Rose Network award which is thematic and challenge focused. Preference will be given to proposals linked to the ESRC research priorities, as identified in ESRC Delivery Plan 2016-20 (Productivity, Understanding the Macro-economy, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Housing, Ways of Being in a Digital Age ), though other research areas will be considered.

A call for proposals is currently underway and further details will be available following the announcement of the successful Network award.


Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) Awards (4 awards)

Four fully funded AQM awards are available via open competition across all departments/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.


Interdisciplinary Research Awards (number of awards TBC)

These awards are available to projects that straddle other research council remits. Further details will be available following clarification from the ESRC.

Applying

Complete the White Rose ESRC DTP studentship application online:

Apply now

The deadline for applications is 24 January 2018, 5pm.

Applications received after this deadline will not be considered in the interest of fairness.

It's a good idea to prepare your answers on a separate document before completing the online application, as the form will need to be completed in one session.

You'll be asked to confirm information such as:

  • Which type of award you'd like to apply for, so make sure you have read and understood the guidance on this page about the different types available
  • Your residency status (we'll contact you if we need more information to assess your eligibility)
  • Any relevant academic and professional qualifications
  • Any relevant work experience
  • Details of your publications as well as any prizes or awards you've received
  • Your project title and description (the requirements for this vary depending on the type of award you'd like to apply for)
    • For 1+3 studentships, you'll need to include an indication of your probable research area rather than a full research proposal at this stage
    • For 3+ studentships a more detailed research proposal is required (10,000 characters maximum). You'll need to give:
      • a description of your proposed research topic including the questions or hypotheses to be addressed
      • the methods to be used; the sources to be consulted
      • a brief timetable covering the period of study
      • how you expect the research to be useful and to whom.
    • For collaborative and network studentships you'll need to provide a statement explaining:
      • how your prior work relates to the area of inquiry
      • the reasons why you have applied for the award and the challenges you will be likely to meet.
    • Finally, please indicate any overseas fieldwork plans and how this fits into the timetable of study or whether language training may be required.
Allocation

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'll 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 (PDF  , 288kb).

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 RCUK's Conditions of Research Council Training Grants (rcuk.ac.uk).