Economic and Social Research Council funding

The University of Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) is one of 21 across the UK that has been accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The 2015 ESRC funding competition will be open for applications from Friday 31 October 2014.

Completed applications must be recieved by 4pm, Friday 30 January 2014.

About the scholarships

The Unversity of Birmingham is proud to offer 25 ESRC scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research, with both +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters and PhD) funding available. A full ESRC scholarship comprises research fees, relevant bench fees, an annual Research Council stipend (£13,863 in 2014/15), and a research support grant.

Outstanding applicants will be considered for ESRC scholarships in the following subject areas:

Applied Linguistics, Russian and East European Studies, International Development, African Studies, Business and Management, Finance, Economic and Social History, Economics and Econometrics, Education, Urban and Regional Studies, Health and Well-Being, Human Geography, Political Science and International Studies, European Studies, Local Government Studies, Public Policy, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science, Social Policy, Social Work and Socio-Legal Studies.

Awards are available to home and EU students only, with the exception of Economics, for which international candidates may be considered. Full details on eligibility for these awards can be found in the candidate guidelines below.

How to apply

ESRC scholarships are offered through an open competition. Candidates interested in being considered for an ESRC award should complete the application form below, returning this by the deadline. 

This year a number of the scholarships will be awarded on a College basis, and so candidates are also advised to contact College, School or Pathway leads in the area where they are wanting to study, to find out more about any priorities here, and to explore potential supervision arrangements.

Candidates need to meet the quality benchmark criteria in order to be considered for an award, however meeting the benchmark is not a guarantee of success due to the competitive nature of the competition.

Candidates should also apply for and hold a place to study at the University of Birmingham by the application deadline, and candidates are encouraged to contact the academic pathway lead for their subject area in advance of making an application.

The deadlines for the 2015 competition is 4pm (GMT) on Friday 30 January 2015.

Additional documents


College guidance is available on the University Graduate School website

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For more information please contact:

University Graduate School:

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2898