Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Scholarships

Level of Study: Doctoral research
Subject area: Arts and Law, African Studies, English Language and Linguistics, History, Law, Modern Languages and Cultures, Life and Environmental Sciences, Geography, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Social Sciences, Business, Economic Development and Regeneration, Economics, Education, European Studies, International Development, International Relations, Local Government Studies, Marketing and Communications, Political Science, Russian and East European Studies, Social Studies, Social Work, Urban and Regional Studies
Nationality: EU, UK
Type of Award: Research Council
Deadline for applying: 19/02/2016

Award Description

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).

We are able to offer a number of ESRC scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research. Outstanding applicants will be considered for ESRC scholarships in the following subject areas:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Area and development studies
  • Business school and management
  • Economic and social history
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental planning
  • Resilience and urban living
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Human and environmental geography
  • Law
  • Political science and international studies
  • Psychology, including Sport and Exercise Science
  • Quantitative approaches to social sciences
  • Social policy
  • Social work
  • Statistics, mathematics and computing 

Awards available:

  • PhD (+3)
  • Masters + PhD (1+3)

Value of Award

A full ESRC scholarship comprises research fees, an annual Research Council stipend (please see RCUK minimum stipend amounts) and a research support grant.

Eligibility Criteria

Awards are available to UK and EU students only.

Full eligibility details can be found on the ESRC webpage.

How to Apply

The ESRC scholarships are offered through an open competition. Candidates interested in being considered for an ESRC award should complete the application form and return it by the deadline, along with supporting documents. Candidates should also apply for and hold a place to study at the University of Birmingham by the application 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.

The deadline for applications is Friday 19 February 2016, 4pm.

The application form, application form guidance, information of ESRC approved pathways, the ESRC DTC guide to applicants and the ESRC  quality benchmark can be found on the ESRC website.