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.

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: £15,609, part-time: £7,804.50 for 2021/22);
  • reimbursement of research expenses via the Research Training Support Grant;
  • opportunities to apply for additional funding to support internships, fieldwork and overseas institutional visits.

The competition for October 2021 entry has now closed. Paperwork for October 2022 will go live on this page in August 2021.

For reference, the Studentship Application Paperwork for October 2021 entry was as follows:

Master’s + PhD Applications (1+3, 2+2 or 2+3):

PhD Only Applications (+3 or +2):

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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)

If you think your research may fit within one of these priority areas, please see here for further details of how to apply.

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