27 Fully-Funded ESRC Doctoral Training Studentships in UK, 2019

Scholarship Description:

Up to 37 studentships ESRC Doctoral Training Studentships is available on offer for entry in October 2019. These studentships are available to UK and EU students.

The mission of the ESRC is to promote and support, by any means, high-quality basic, strategic and applied research and related postgraduate training in the social sciences.

Host College/University:

ESRC is part of UK Research and Innovation, a new organisation that brings together the UK’s seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England to maximise the contribution of each council and create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision is to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Degree level:

Studentship is available to study Doctoral training program.

Field of Study:

Goldsmiths students are eligible to apply for funding in the following disciplinary pathways:

  1. Education
  2. Psychology
  3. Social Anthropology
  4. Sociology (students with relevant social science research interests in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, may apply under the Sociology pathway)

Scholarship Award: 

  • Fully-funded ESRC studentships are available to research students via this DTP.
  1. Home students

Studentships will cover your tuition fees for up to four years full-time (including for an MA or MSc if relevant) or the part-time equivalent and will provide an annual stipend.

This is currently worth (as of 2018/19) £16,777 including London Weighting. Those studying on a part-time basis will be eligible for £8,388 per year pro rata.

  1. EU students

EU students can apply for the 2019/20 year and, if successful, will receive a fees-only award.

  1. International students

We regret that international students are not eligible for funding.


These studentships are available to UK and EU students.

  • There are 37 studentships are available across the 10 SeNSS institutions for entry in October 2019.
  • Scholarship can be taken in the UK.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees), you must:

  • Be ordinarily resident in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay, and
  • Have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship grant. This means you must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences), and
  • Not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK nationals and EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education).

Applying procedure Instructions:

How to Apply: Please complete the following steps:

  • Check your eligibility for the funding
  • Contact the department and a likely supervisor for your research
  • Apply for a PhD place at Goldsmiths, indicating clearly that you want to be considered for ESRC funding. If you’re applying for one of the 1+3 awards you’ll also need to apply for a Masters place.

Wherever possible please submit all supporting documents with your online application. In very unusual cases where this is not possible, please send them directly to the postgraduate administrator in the Goldsmiths academic department you are applying to, making it very clear that it’s for an ESRC-funded studentship

Goldsmiths Departmental academic contacts are:

  • Education– Dr Anna Traianou a.traianou-at-gold.ac.uk and Dr John Jessel (j.jessel-at-gold.ac.uk)
  • Psychology– Dr James Moore j.moore-at-gold.ac.uk
  • Anthropology–  Dr Mark Johnson m.johnson-at-gold.ac.uk
  • Sociology– Dr Monica Greco m.greco-at-gold.ac.uk
  • Media and Communications (within Sociology pathway)- Professor Gareth Stanton g.stanton-at-gold.ac.uk

As part of your application you’ll need to nominate two academic referees who will provide a reference on your suitability for a PhD programme. It is your responsibility to ensure that they provide the references by the deadline required.

Scholarship Official Web Links:

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Scholarship Deadline:

You need first to apply to departments for a PhD place (or Masters and PhD if appropriate). You should indicate that you are interested in being considered for SeNSS ESRC funding.

Please note there are some variations in application deadlines for individual pathways. The specific local deadlines for pathways involving Goldsmiths are as follows:

  1. Educational Studies: Sunday, January 20, 2019 (11:59 pm)
  2. Psychology: Sunday, January 20, 2019 (5 pm)
  3. Social Anthropology: Sunday, January 20, 2019 (11:59 pm)
  4. Sociology (including Media & Communications): Sunday  January 13, 2019 (11:59 pm)

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