ESRC Studentships

The School is pleased to offer a number of research degree studentships as part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP).

The WRDTP is one of 14 new Doctoral Training Partnerships to be accredited by the ESRC in recognition of the high quality training and development it offers researchers across a broad range of subjects. A number of Open Competition Pathway PhD studentship awards are available, enabling successful applicants to commence their studies at the University of Leeds in October 2018. These are very prestigious, fully-funded studentships and will be awarded on academic merit.

Studentship applications are invited within the following broad areas:

  1. Cities, Environment, and Liveability
  2. Security, Conflict, and Justice
  3. Education, Childhood, and Youth
  4. Data, Communication, and New Technologies
  5. Wellbeing, Health, and Communities
  6. Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity
  7. Civil Society, Development, and Democracy

In addition to these Pathway studentship awards, we welcome applications for Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) studentships from applicants who expect to use AQM in their research project and for Cross-Research Council studentships, available for applicants whose research project will transcend the intellectual disciplinary boundaries of the UK Government’s Research Councils.

Entry requirements

• Applicants applying on both a 1+3 and a +3 basis MUST in the first instance apply for a place on a research postgraduate programme and be in receipt of a Student ID Number to be eligible for an ESRC White Rose DTP Studentship. Applications without a valid ID Number will be rejected. To apply for a place on a research postgraduate programme please visit; • These awards are normally only available to nationals from the UK and EU and are not open to applicants who are liable to pay academic fees at the international fee rate • Applicants must hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent (a less than sufficient undergraduate degree may be enhanced, eg by a Master’s degree). Applicants should either have graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in their final year of study.• Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the University’s English Language requirements. Some Schools require a standard of English higher than the University minimum. You should have a valid test result, which is normally no more than two years old by your official start date at the University of Leeds. Examples of an acceptable English Language Standard can be found at: • Applicants applying for a +3 award must demonstrate that they have achieved a level of research training to allow them to proceed directly to PhD (usually through the attainment of a previous Master’s qualification in the social sciences).

How to apply

Candidates for these studentships must firstly apply online for a postgraduate research programme in the School and be in possession of a Student ID Number in order to be eligible and then apply separately for a studentship award.

Full details of how to apply can be downloaded here.