How to Apply

Placeholder ImageThe 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.

Applications must be submitted via one of our 19 subject pathways, for an eligible programme. 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 and training years for 1+3 and 2+2 studentships) and an annual maintenance stipend (full-time: £14,553, part-time: £7,276 for 2017/18). Further information about the studentships, including residential eligibility, can be found in the Studentship Application Guidance below.

Please note that the competition for October 2018 entry is now closedThe application forms and guidance documents for this competition are available below for information.

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. The deadline for submitting an application is 5th February 2018.

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. 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.

Information on current collaborative studentships can be found here.