Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)

The Scottish Doctoral Training Partnership offers ESRC-accredited training across the social sciences, and in collaboration with other funding councils.  The University of Strathclyde belongs to 8 different training pathways within this DTP, with the details and contact names of Strathclyde's pathway representatives listed below.

Candidates for ESRC funded studentships, which can be of either three years (PhD funding for students with Masters research training already) or four years (Masters training plus PhD) and should contact the University Pathway Representative (see contact details below) for their chosen discipline as soon as possible 

  • Number of scholarships Approx 10
  • Value Home tuition fee & stipend for eligible candidates
  • Opens 1 December 2016
  • Deadline 23 January 2017
  • 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.

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 and Advanced Quantitative Methods. This may allow some students without prior residency in the UK to be eligible for a full fee and stipend award. 

Further Information

There are a range of different types of studentship available:

1+3 Year Studentships (48 Months) These awards provide funding for a one year Masters degree and a three year PhD study. Students who have only completed or are in the process of completing an undergraduate degree should apply for these awards.

+3 Year Studentships (36 Months) These awards will suit applicants who wish to enter directly into a PhD programme and who have already completed a Masters degree, which incorporates 60 credits or more of research methods training. 

Part-Time Studentships Part-time students receive funding for up to eight (8) years, which breaks down as up to two (2) years for Masters training and a further six (6) years for doctoral study. 

Collaborative studentships These awards involve a non-academic partner organisation, such as the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, a local authority, NHS Trust, charity or business, and can take many forms. 

Advanced Quantitative MethodsThese awards provide scholarships (1+3, +3, part-time) for students using advanced quantitative methods (AQM) in their PhD.

Fees only studentships Theses awards are available for all of the above types of studentships when EU students have not been primarily resident in the UK for the past three years.


Contact us

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Economic and Social History – Karine Varley (
  • Education - Ian Rivers (
  • Politics and International Relations - Heinz Brandenburg (
  • Psychology - Marc Obonsawin (
  • Social Work and Social Policy - Gillian MacIntyre (
  • Socio-legal Studies and Criminology - Monica Barry (


  • Accounting, Finance, Business and Management - Spiros Gounaris (
  • Economics - Spiros Gounaris (

How to apply

Please visit the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS)  SGSSS website for further details and information on how to apply.

Students should also apply for a place on the PhD programme at Strathclyde via Pegasus