In the March 2017 budget the government announced the creation of the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) and the allocation of £90m to the Research Councils to provide an additional 1000 PhD places in 2017/18 in areas aligned with the Industrial Strategy. The ESRC was allocated a number of these studentships, and as a result the NWSSDTP has eight Industrial Strategy studentships to award, commencing October 2017.

The studentships are available in three key areas:

  1. Advanced Quantitative Methods (3 studentships)
  2. Use of ESRC Datasets (2 studentships)
  3. Industrial Strategy Social Science Challenges (3 studentships)

To apply for an NWSSDTP Industrial Strategy Studentship, please find the guidance and application forms below:

The deadline for applications to be submitted to nwssdtp@liv.ac.uk is 5pm on Friday 30th June 2017.

The following supporting documents should also be considered by candidates, where applicable:

For AQM Applicants:

For Industrial Strategy Social Science Challenges Applicants: