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).

About us

The University of Birmingham ESRC DTC covers several subject areas (pathways) across the social sciences, providing financial and research support to a number of students looking to improve their skills and knowledge through postgraduate study. A number of postgraduate studentships are awarded annually from a large number of outstanding applicants. The studentships are linked to disciplinary and inter-disciplinary training pathways, and some studentships have a built-in element of collaboration.

About the scholarships

We are proud to offer a number of ESRC scholarships for students commencing their studies in October 2016 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, an annual Research Council stipend (please see RCUK minimum stipend amounts) and a research support grant.

A masters is not a prerequisite for studying at the University of Birmingham ESRC DTC.  A range of training programmes are available based on an assessment of the applicant’s prior learning and training needs.  All studentships can be offered on a full or part time basis.

Subject areas

Outstanding applicants will be considered for ESRC scholarships in one or more of the DTC training pathways. Before applying you will need to decide which of the available training pathways is most suitable for you, by liaising with the relevant academic department contact as appropriate. The DTC training pathway and staff contact information are detailed below.

Am I eligible to apply?

Academic eligibility

  • You should hold (or expect to receive) a good honours degree at first or upper second class level
  • If applying for an award without an undergraduate degree, you may be accepted for doctoral funding if you have achieved a Master's degree

Residential eligibility

  • Home (UK) students are eligible for a full award from the ESRC
  • EU students who have lived in the UK continuously for the three years prior to the start date of the award (i.e. 1 October 2016) are eligible for a full award
  • EU students who have not lived in the UK for the three years prior to the start date of the award are eligible for fees only funding (i.e. no maintenance stipend)

How do I apply?

In order to apply, please complete the application form and provide certified copies of your degree transcripts. Applicants must also provide two written academic references, which must be sent directly by the referee to the University. References provided by the applicant are not acceptable. Applicants must also hold a confirmed place to study (PhD or Masters) at the University. Please read the guidance notes before completing your application form.

When is the deadline?

The completed application, documents, and references must be submitted to the Research Council Studentship Team by 16.00 on Friday 19 February 2016.

Joint and collaborative studentships

This year we will be advertising a small number of joint and collaborative studentships. Information about these opportunities will appear on this page in December 2015.

Find out more

Please consult our FAQ for more information.

Alternatively please contact the University Graduate School by email or telephone: +44 (0)121 414 2030.