The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership: Excellence and Innovation in Social Science Research Training

Open University

A Grand Opportunity: Partnering Innovation and Excellence in Social Science Research Training

Location: Various Locations

Closing Date: 19 January, 2018 - 17:00

You will be based in either Oxford, Milton Keynes or Uxbridge depending on Pathway applied for. Please also note there are two closing dates - 8 January 2018 at 12:00 and 19 January 2018 at 17:00 depending on the institution applied to.

The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership is a collaboration between the University of Oxford, The Open University and Brunel University London. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and with a combined world-leading research community of over 3500 academic staff and students, together we offer postgraduate funding and training across a range of fields in the Social Sciences.

We are committed to widening participation and opening up postgraduate study to talented students from a diverse set of academic and professional backgrounds. With a dynamic student-centred approach to postgraduate training, we will help you prepare for a range of future careers as you build on your disciplinary training or develop a new interdisciplinary research profile.

The partnership offers at least 35 studentships each year across 24 training pathways, broadly clustered into the following areas:

  • Society and wellbeing
  • Rights and freedoms
  • Learning and cognition
  • Globalisation and development
  • Economics and management

For candidates who meet the ESRC residency requirements, studentships will cover tuition fees and a stipend for living expenses (pro-rata for students on part-time courses). Students will also have the opportunity to apply for additional funding to assist with relevant training and research costs. A Masters qualification is not a prerequisite for the award of a studentship from the Grand Union DTP, with training designed for individuals based on an assessment of their prior learning and training needs.

To apply for entry in October 2018, submit an application to the partner institution with whom you would like to register as a student by the relevant January 2018 deadline for your course.

Information to help you apply can be found at: