ESRC SWDTP Studentships at University of Exeter in UK, 2019

Scholarship Description:

The University of Exeter is pleased to be offering ESRC funded 1+3 or +3 studentships as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership for entry in 2019-20. Within the SWDTP, the College of Social Sciences and International Studies is currently inviting applications for ESRC-facing research in the disciplines of Education.

Host College/University:

The University of Exeter combines world-class research with excellent student satisfaction at its campuses in Exeter and Cornwall. It is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities. Formed in 1955, the University has 22,085 students from more than 130 different countries. Its success is built on a strong partnership with its students and a clear focus on high performance.

Degree level:

Scholarship is available to pursue Research degree program.

Field of Study:

Scholarships are awarded in any subjects offered by the university.

Scholarship Award: 

For eligible UK/EU students the full-time studentship will cover fees and an annual Research Council stipend of approximately £14,777 (2018/2019 rate) for up to three years (+3 award) or four years (1+3 award).


  • The scholarship is available for UK/EU citizens.
  • Scholarship can be taken in the UK.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants for a +3 award should have:
• Completed, or be due to complete an ESRC-accredited or an equivalent research Masters with a significant element of research training. Applicants may be asked for further information to determine the relevance of the content covered.
• An equivalent research Masters is defined as including significant social sciences research design, quantitative and qualitative research methods elements. The transcript will need to show that a minimum of a third of the taught stage of your program entailed research methods elements. For students who have undertaken a Masters outside the UK we will look for appropriate equivalencies. All awards are subject to ratification by the “Awards and Ratification Committee”, who shall have the authority to reconsider the equivalence of any Masters awards.
• Achieved a current average grade of their Masters (at the point of application) normally of at least Merit (60%) grade. Successful applicants must ultimately achieve BOTH an overall average of at least 60% across the taught units/modules AND at least 60% for the dissertation component as a condition of their funding.
Holders of Masters Degrees that are not considered equivalent (as above), must apply for the 1+3 award.
In the case of a 1+3 application, continuation of funding from the ‘1’ stage to the ‘+3’ stage of the program will be subject to achieving 60% across the taught units / modules AND 60% for the dissertation component. Students who fail to achieve these conditions may have their funding terminated and may be required to refund any money paid to them during the PhD portion of the program.

English Language Requirements: 

If you are a national of a majority English-speaking country you may be accepted without an English language qualification if during the application process you have demonstrated that you are able to understand written and spoken English to the required level.

Accepted English language tests
• IELTS (International English Language Testing System – academic version)
• Pearson Test of English Academic
• Other English language tests
Please note, we do not accept TOEFL Institutional Testing Programme (ITP).

Applying procedure Instructions:   

How to Apply: To apply for SWDTP funding, you must do ‘apply now’ button. Only applications submitted via link will be considered for funding. Please do not apply directly to your chosen program of study at this stage. If successful, your application for funding will become your program application so you will not need to apply again.
You will need to upload the following documents to the studentship application form. Please note our preferred format is PDF, each file named with your surname and the name of the document, eg. “Smith – CV.pdf”, “Smith – Cover Letter.pdf”, “Smith – Transcript.pdf”:
• A completed SWDTP Student Statement Form. This will include your research proposal of 1,000 words including the name(s) of the potential supervisors. For 1+3 students it is recognized that this will be an outline proposal to be further developed during the first year of the studentship.
• CV
• 2 references:
– 1 Supervisor Supporting Statement form – this must be completed by your nominated supervisor
– 1 reference from someone familiar with your academic work

• Verified transcript of your highest qualification to date or an interim transcript if you are still studying
• If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English.

Scholarship Official Web Links:

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Scholarship Deadline:

January 29, 2019.

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