How to Apply

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

The NWSSDTP welcomes applications for part-time study across all competitions, institutions and pathways. The NWSSDTP awards three directed studentships annually to students from Global Majority communities. For further information, please read here.

Applications must be submitted via one of our 19 subject pathways, for one of the pathway’s eligible programmes. Details of eligible subject areas and programmes can be found on our pathway pages.

The NWSSDTP’s fully-funded ESRC studentships cover:
  • payment of tuition fees for the duration of the studentship (including master’s years for 1+3, 2+2  and 2+3 studentships), at the Home tuition fee rate;
  • an annual maintenance stipend (full-time: £17,668, part-time: £8,834.00 in 2022/23);
  • reimbursement of research expenses via the Research Training Support Grant;
  • opportunities to apply for additional funding to support internships, fieldwork and overseas institutional visits.
Studentship Applications 2023

The competition to apply for studentships commencing in October 2023 closed on the 1st February 2023.

Due to industrial action, the allocation process has been delayed and applicants will be informed of the outcomes by the 2nd May. We apologies for any inconvenience caused. Successful candidates will have until the 26th May to confirm their acceptance.

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