How do I apply for a studentship?

Students applying for ESRC funded studentships are encouraged to speak to their chosen school/college prior to application in order to discuss their research ideas with a suitable supervisor. Students are also encouraged to look at ways of incorporating collaboration with external partners into their research proposal.  Collaboration does not always have to be a financial arrangement and could take the form of a placement, voluntary work, data sharing or other activities.  Students considering overseas fieldwork, overseas institutional visits or difficult language training must mention this in their application to ensure that funds will be available.

Applicants for any of the disciplinary or interdisciplinary pathways should apply for the appropriate MRes or MPhil/PhD programme following instructions on the pathway links. Please note, if the studentship for which you wish to apply is led by a supervisor at the University of Exeter, please follow the link below and carefully read the instructions on how to apply in the advertisement for the relevant pathway.  Do not apply directly to a programme of study at this stage.  You must submit via the ‘apply now’ button in the advertisement for your intended pathway.

ESRC are keen to develop capacity within the academic community to make best use of datasets and therefore they require SWDTP to allocate four studentships from the annual allocation of 45 to fund projects that utilise ESRC Datasets. Click on the link for further information.

ESRC are also keen to support interdisciplinary cross-council research capacity within the academic community and therefore have steered the SWDTP to allocate a minimum of four studentships from the annual allocation of 45, to fund projects that cut across the subjects and disciplines of the Research Councils.  Click on the link for further information.

For more information on SWDTP entry and collaboration requirements, please read the Admission Statement & FAQs 2019 Entry.

Download a copy of the Student Statement Form 2019

** Follow the application procedures of the institution at which you wish to be based**