White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership

The Economic and Social Research Council White Rose DTP is a regional consortium of seven universities with social science research excellence and involves the universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York as well as Bradford, Hull, Manchester Metropolitan and Sheffield Hallam.

  • Funding: ESRC stipend (£18662 in 2023/24) plus full fee waiver
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate research
Applications for 2024/25 are closed.

The WRDTP has been accredited by the ESRC to offer PhD scholarships across a range of schemes, and in 2024/25 the following awards will be open for application from students:

  • up to 32 WRDTP Pathway Awards, incorporating 2 Interdisciplinary Research Awards and 2 WRDTP/Stuart Hall Foundation Awards for Black British applicants
  • up to 2 WRDTP Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) Awards
  • up to 2 WRDTP Advanced Data Analytics (ADA) Awards

There will also be up to 7 Collaborative Awards made to supervisory teams for projects involving collaboration with an external partner. Supervisors will apply for these awards, and those projects that are awarded funding will be open for applications from students in early Spring 2024.  

Further information about each of the award schemes can be found on the WRDTP website, and in the guidance documents below. All awards are available on a 1+3.5, +3.75 or a +3.5 basis, and can be held full-time or part-time.

Application guidance and character limits


Scholarship benefits

Being part of the WRDTP 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.

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.

Please note that if you intend to apply for a 1+3 studentship (see below, Types of scholarship) then you must apply for both the MA in Social Research (for 2024/5 entry) and the relevant PhD programme (for 2025/6 entry).

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: Wednesday 24 January 2024, 5pm GMT

How to apply

Application deadline: 17:00, 24 January 2024

Applicants are asked to apply for a place on the PhD programme in the department/school of their choice first.

Each department has a deadline by which applicants must have applied for a place on the PhD programme in order to be eligible for consideration for ESRC WRDTP funding.

Please contact the Postgraduate Research Administrator for the relevant department directly for details on the deadline for the PhD application.

Once the application for the PhD programme has been submitted (by the relevant departmental deadline) then applicants must complete the ESRC WRDTP scholarship application form.

WR DTP guidance for applicants (PDF , 109kb)

Application deadline: Wednesday 24 January 2024, 5pm GMT (but you must have applied for a place on the academic programme by the departmental deadline first, if you do not then your scholarship application cannot be taken further).

Terms and conditions

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

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Contact details

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

Types of scholarship

  • Awards on offer are:

    • Applicants without a social science Masters degree will normally be funded for 4.5 years, undertaking a 1 year MA Social Research followed by 3.5 year PhD.
    • Applicants who already have a social science Masters degree, but have fewer than 60 credits of M-level social science research training will normally be funded for 3.75 years to undertake  an integrated PGCert/PhD.
    • Applicants with a social science Masters degree and with 60 or more credits of M-level social science research training will normally be funded for 3.5 years to undertake a PhD.

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.

Find further information and guidance on our current ESRC White Rose Social Sciences DTP studentship holders FAQs page. You will need to login with your student account details to access this page.