Scholarships & funding opportunities

Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)

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).

The ESRC DTP PhD studentship Scheme will reopen in Autumn 2021.


  • Number of scholarships Approx 10
  • Value Home tuition fee & stipend for eligible candidates
  • Opens 30 October 2020
  • Deadline 6 January 2021
  • Help with Tuition fees, Living costs
  • Duration 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.

UKRI Studentship Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for UKRI funding has changed for studentships commencing in the 2021/22 academic year. Now, all home and international students are eligible to apply for UKRI funding which will cover the full stipend and tuition fees at the home rate (not the international rate). Under the new criteria, UKRI have stipulated a maximum percentage of international students that can be recruited each year against individual training grants. This will be managed at the institutional level for all EPSRC DTP and ICASE grants. For EPSRC CDT grants, this will be managed by the individual CDT administrative/management team. For ESRC and AHRC studentships the final funding decision will be made by the respective grant holder.

To be classed as a home student, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

The residency requirements are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments. Normally to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education).

If a student does not meet the criteria above, they will be classed as an international student. The international portion of the tuition fee cannot be funded by the UKRI grant but will be covered by the University of Strathclyde.


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.

Contact us

Pathway Representatives


* Please note that the Politics and IR Pathway has an earlier internal deadline.

How to apply

Application Process

  • Applicant contacts a Pathway Representative
  • Register on GradHub :
  • Applicant/supervisor develop a proposal
  • Applicant/supervisor submit proposal, supporting statement and cv to the Pathway Lead
  • Applicant will upload stage one of the application onto GradHub by 12noon, 6th January 2021
  • Faculty decision of nominated candidates to go forward to next stage by 24th January
  • Successful applicants will submit final versions of their applications to SGSSS by 12noon on 12th February 2021
  • When SGSSS announce awards the applicant will apply to University of Strathclyde via the Pegasus portal


Please note that certain Pathways may have earlier internal deadlines. Check with the relevant Pathway Representative for confirmation of deadlines.