The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership: Innovation and excellence in social science research training

The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership bridges the University of Oxford, the Open University and Brunel University London. Together we are offering prestigious ESRC-funded scholarships for doctoral study across diverse fields in the social sciences from October 2017.

We are committed to recruiting talented students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, developing their research and analytical skills for a range of future careers.

From Anthropology to Area Studies, Criminology to Citizenship, Migration to Management, the Grand Union offers students the opportunity to join a vibrant social science research training community of more than 2000 research students and 1500 academic staff. 

Build on your disciplinary training or develop a new interdisciplinary research profile. Our 24 training pathways are combined into five broad clusters: society and wellbeing, rights and freedoms, learning and cognition, globalisation and development, and economics and management. All Grand Union scholars will have access to research training at all three universities.

Visit to learn more about the opportunities available, read about our current scholars and read our advice on preparing a strong application.

Apply by 20 January 2017 to start October 2017.

Funding information

These studentships are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Grand Union Doctoral Partnership. The studentships are fully funded for up to four years full-time or six years part-time, covering university tuition fees (at UK/EU level) and providing a stipend (£14,296 in 2016/17) for those who meet UK residency requirements. A small number of studentships in Advanced Quantitative Methods are open to non UK/EU nationals.

Requirements of Candidate

You will have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. A Masters or equivalent experience is desirable. Eligibility criteria can be found here:

How to apply

If you would like to apply, follow the relevant link in the pathway descriptions below. Applications must be submitted by 17:00 on 20 January 2017.

The first step is to apply to the relevant pathway through the partner institution with whom you would like to register as a student. You will find details of the pathways that each university is involved in on the Grand Union DTP website. Selection is highly competitive. If you are not selected for a Grand Union scholarship, yet your application is considered of an appropriate standard, it is possible that you might be nominated for other sources of funding by the university to which you have applied.

You will be informed of the outcome by early April 2017.

Please visit for details on applying for your studentship.