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WRDTP ESRC PhD Studentships 2022-3

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 Full-time: available
Part-time: available
Prospective PG students (inc. current UG): available
Current PG students: not available
Entry year: 2022/23
 Undergraduate: not available
Postgraduate taught: not available
Postgraduate research: available

About the award

The University of Bradford is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) – a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull and Manchester Metropolitan University – and through this is able to offer a range of ESRC Postgraduate Research Scholarships.
This is an exciting opportunity to apply for a fully-funded studentship for PhD studies, and optionally, an MSc course in Social Sciences Research Methods as well.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s largest funding agency for research and postgraduate training relating to social and economic issues. At any one time, the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and research policy institutes.

Eligibility criteria

• Deadline for receipt of applications is the 26 January 2022 at 17:00 GMT.

• There are 39 awards available in total, shared across the seven partner universities. Of these:

  • 2 are WRDTP/Stuart Hall Foundation Awards for Black British students.
  • 2 are Interdisciplinary Research Awards.
  • 4 are for proposals which incorporate Advanced Quantitative Methods.

• Candidates should apply for their PhD as normal, but state that they are intending to apply for the WRDTP award in the funding section. Link to the application form.

• International students can apply, however, a maximum of 30% of awards across the partnership will be awarded to International students. More information is available from UKRI.

• Your proposal must use Social Sciences research methods – lab-based projects will not be considered for funding.

• Candidates who do not have a Masters degree are welcome to apply, but will need to also study the MSc in Social Sciences Research for Healthcare course first (this is known as a 1+3 award). Candidates with Masters degrees that do not include 60 credits of research methods may also be required to study the above MSc. The funding, if awarded, will cover both the MSc and PhD together.

• As these are match-funded awards, candidates are strongly advised to seek advice from academic staff as soon as possible, to secure support and develop their proposals before submission.


Prioritising criteria in case of oversubscription:

• Applicants who have, or are expected to achieve, first class honours in a Bachelors degree, or a Distinction in a Masters degree.

• A strong research proposal, using social sciences research methods, which fits well with one of the pathways and is aligned with University and Faculty research priorities.

• A collaborative element with external organisations.

• A resilience plan that can account for potential disruption to data collection and fieldwork caused by (for example) potential Covid-19 related restrictions.


Applicable courses

PhD in Health Studies

PhD in Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

PhD in Archaeological and Forensic Sciences

PHD in Management

For more information about the pathways, please see the following pages on the WRDTP web site:

• Well-being, Health and Communities (WHC)

• Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity (SMP)


Eligible countries

Students from all countries, who meet the criteria, are eligible.

Payment amount & frequency

Successful candidates will be awarded a studentship which covers full Home tuition fees, pays a monthly stipend at UKRI rates (£15,609 per year in 2021/22), and a Research Training Support Grant of £2000 to cover expenses, including travel and fieldwork. This will be for three years for candidates studying the PhD on its own (+3 route), or four years for those required to complete the MSc, followed by the PhD (1+3 route).
Requests to cover the difference between Home and International fees will be considered on an individual basis.

Find out more

Read further information and updated FAQs here.

If you have any queries about the ESRC White Rose DTP Scholarships please see the ESRC website or email


See also

Vice-Chancellor’s Award

US Loans: Direct Loans

University of Bradford Sanctuary Scholarship

Undergraduate Bursary Scheme

UK Academic Excellence Scholarships


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