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).
Applications for ESRC funding beginning in October 2014 are now being accepted.
About the scholarships
We are able to offer 22 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, and an annual Research Council stipend (£13,726 in 2013/14).
Outstanding applicants will be considered for ESRC scholarships in the following subject areas:
Applied Linguistics, Russian and East European Studies, International Development, West 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 deadline for applications is 16:00, 15 January 2014.
All candidates will hear the outcome of the competition by 31 March 2014.
College guidance is available on the University Graduate School website