The North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership holds an annual competition for Studentship funding. Candidates may apply for funding towards master’s and doctoral (1+3/2+2) study, or doctoral study only (+3/+2). The NWSSDTP does not fund standalone master’s programmes.

Details of eligible subject areas and programmes can be found on our pathway pages

The standard competition for October 2017 entry is now closed.

Information about our Industrial Strategy Studentships Competition, which is currently underway for October 2017 entry, can be found here.

Please note that the paperwork below refers to the standard October 2017 competition, and revised paperwork for October 2018 entry will available here from 1st August 2017. 

To apply for a 1+3 or 2+2 (master’s + doctoral) studentship, please find the guidance and application forms below:

To apply for a +3 or +2 (doctoral only) studentship, please find the guidance and application forms below:

Please ensure you read the guidelines fully prior to completing the application form. Please submit a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form with your application form.

Admissions Applications

Candidates are expected to have submitted an admissions application to the University of their choice prior to submitting the funding application. It is expected that candidates will have a formal offer (unconditional or conditional) by the date of the final Studentship Allocation Committee (15th March 2017). Studentship funding will not be formally awarded until an admission offer is secured.

Details of how to submit an admissions application to your chosen University can be found in the guidance documents above. Applicants must contact their School PGR Administrators prior to completing their Admissions or their NWSSDTP Studentship Application forms, as some schools have local internal deadlines. Please see Appendix 3 in the guidance documents for a list of School PGR Administrators’ contact details.

Priority Areas and Specialised Training Routes

The ESRC have awarded the NWSSDTP 12 steered awards each year in the following Priority Areas:

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods (4 awards)
  • Use of ESRC data sets (4 awards)
  • Interdisciplinary research, which straddles other research council remits (4 awards)

Further information about these areas can be found here.