Postgraduate research opportunities

Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships 2020/21

The University of Strathclyde is part of a consortium of Universities in Scotland which have been awarded funding from the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Social Sciences.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


24 November 2019


10 January 2020


3-4 years


Academic qualifications

A good honours degree at first- or upper second-class level, from a UK academic higher education institution. In the majority of cases, students will have undertaken an undergraduate course at a recognised UK higher education institution.

Residential eligibility

  • Research Council (RC) fees and stipend can only be awarded to UK and EU students and not to EEA or International students.
  • EU students are only eligible for RC stipend if they have been resident in the UK for 3 years, including for study purposes, immediately prior to starting their PhD.
  • If an EU student cannot fulfil this condition then they are eligible for a fees only studentship.
  • International students cannot be funded from RC funds unless they are ‘settled’ in the UK. ‘Settled’ means being ordinarily resident in the UK without any immigration restrictions on the length of stay in the UK. To be ‘settled’  a student must either have the Right to Abode or Indefinite leave to remain in the UK or have the right of permanent residence in the UK under EC law.  If the student’s passport describes them as a British citizen they have the Right of Abode.
  • Students with full Refugee status are eligible for fees and stipend.

Please note that the residential eligibility rules are relaxed for international students in Economics. This may allow some students without prior residency in the UK to be eligible for a full fee and stipend award.

Project Details

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) is the UK's largest facilitator of funding, training and support for doctoral students in social science. By combining the expertise of sixteen universities across Scotland, including the University of Strathclyde, the SGSSS facilitates world-class PhD research. The SGSSS is funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).


Pathway Representatives

Contact us

The institutional lead for ESRC-funded Postgraduate Research is Professor Ian Rivers.

Pathway Representatives



How to apply

  1. Applicant contacts a Pathway Lead
  2. Applicant registers on the SGSSS GradHub 
  3. Applicant/supervisor develop a proposal
  4. Applicant/ supervisor submit proposal, supporting statement and cv to the Pathway Lead
  5. Applicant will upload stage one of the application onto GradHub by 12noon, 10th January 2020
  6. Faculty decision of nominated candidates to go forward to next stage by Friday 24th January
  7. Successful applicants will submit final versions of their applications to SGSSS by 12noon, Wednesday 12th February
  8. When SGSSS announce awards the applicant will apply to University of Strathclyde via the Pegasus portal

Please note that if you are applying for an ESRC studentship, you may also apply for a University of Strathclyde Student Excellence Award (SEA).

Please also note that the School of Government and Public Policy has an earlier deadline for both ESRC and SEA applications of 10th December. You can find more information here.