School of Social Policy Doctoral Scholarships

The School of Social Policy is internationally known and regarded for its first class research. Our lecturing and research staff are recognised as authorities in their fields, and our research contributes to academic debates and has worldwide impact. 

ESRC Open Competition - PhD Studentships

The School of Social Policy will be supporting applications for ESRC (UKRI)-funded studentships from the Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). 

In order to have time to prepare for that deadline, we have provided an indicative timetable below. In addition, you should apply to study a PhD at the University of Birmingham. 

ESRC Studentships will cover your fees for 3 years full time (or 6 years part time), plus some research and training expenses. In addition, you will receive a stipend at ESRC rates. International students will not be paying international fees for their PhD (see Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP eligibility). The ESRC awards require that you have completed a Masters in Social Research and you can apply for a 1+3 scholarship, which includes a Masters year prior to commencing the PhD.  Please see the Midland Graduate School website for more details on how to apply. In this School we will be nominating students in the following pathways: Social Policy and Social Work; Health and Well-being. Please find the guidance notes for applications.

Submission Date: Tuesday 18 January 2022

Expressions of interest should be made as soon as possible. You should make initial contact with the School of Social Policy PGR team ( ). You should approach specific academics directly to enquire whether they would be willing and able to supervise you as they will need to support the application, but please also inform the School PGR team that you are planning to make an application so that they can support the process.  

You should include in your email:

  • a short covering letter providing information about your background, qualifications and motivation for undertaking a PhD and whether you plan to apply for the School scholarship, the ESRC Midlands Graduate School scholarship or both.
  • a research proposal of approximately 1000 words including your agreed supervisors, a brief summary of the existing literature and potential gaps in knowledge, the research questions, and an outline of the methods that you might use to answer these questions.