ESRC funded studentships

The deadline for SWDTP studentship applications for October 2019 entry, has now closed. 

The SWDTP supports doctoral students by developing not only their research skills, but by offering a wide range of training, placements, activities and events as well. We work in a collaborative way across the five institutions and have SWDTC students that will also form part of your cohort. The SWDTP is funded by the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC).

We have 45 fully-funded studentships from the ESRC available through twelve disciplinary pathways. These span the social sciences and five innovative interdisciplinary pathways. This offers students the broadest possible approach to their studies with us.

Interdisciplinary Pathways

PathwayAdvanced Quantitative Methods (AQM)Global Political EconomyHealth and WellbeingSecurity, Conflict and Human RightsSustainable Futures

Disciplinary Pathways

Bristol Exeter Plymouth
Area & Development Studies Area & Development Studies N/A Middle East Studies N/A
Economic & Social History N/A N/A Economic & Social History N/A
Economics Economics Economics Economics N/A
Education Education Education Educational Research N/A
Human Geography N/A Human Geography Critical Human Geographies Human Geography
Management & Business Studies Management & Business Studies Management & Business Studies Business & Management N/A
Political Science & International Studies Politics & International Studies Political Science & International Studies Politics N/A
Psychology Psychology Psychology Psychology Psychology
Social Policy Social Policy Social Policy N/A N/A
Social Work Social Work Social Work N/A N/A
Socio-Legal Studies N/A Socio-Legal Studies Social-Legal Research N/A
Sociology N/A Sociology Sociology N/A

All students have the opportunity to take part in a work placement during their time of study with us. Placements provide the opportunity for students to further develop their research and transferable skills in a non-academic environment. For more information on placements, please visit our collaboration pages.

What is an ESRC studentship?

An ESRC studentship is funding provided by the ESRC to make up at least 50% of a student’s postgraduate research programme. The programme supports part-time as well as full-time students. This is in recognition that students have different needs (i.e. caring responsibilities) and can require different flexibilities. Where the ESRC funding is less than 50%, the remainder of the funding must be found from an institution or other external sources. The ESRC has established 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships across the UK, of which the SWDTP is one.

A Masters is not a prerequisite for studying at the SWDTP. A range of training programmes are available based on an assessment of the applicants prior learning and training needs. All studentships are offered on a full or part time basis.

How much is an award?

The standard maintenance award for October 2018 is £14,777 per annum. The ESRC will also cover fees to the value of £4,260 per annum. Students are also eligible for an annual nominal allowance of £750 Research Training Support Grant (RTSG).