ESRC PhD Studentships in Social Sciences at the University of Leeds

University of Leeds

As a partner of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), the University of Leeds is pleased to offer a number of fully-funded research studentship opportunities in social sciences.

The WRDTP is one of 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships to be accredited by the ESRC in recognition of its strengths in postgraduate research training and development. These highly prestigious studentships and will be awarded on academic merit, allowing successful applicants to commence their studies in October 2018.

Studentship applications are invited within the following thematic pathway areas:

  • Cities, Environment, and Liveability
  • Security, Conflict, and Justice
  • Education, Childhood, and Youth
  • Data, Communication, and New Technologies
  • Wellbeing, Health, and Communities
  • Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity
  • Civil Society, Development, and Democracy

In addition to these Pathway awards, we welcome applications for Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) studentships from applicants who expect to use AQM in their research project.

Successful candidates will join a diverse and vibrant community of postgraduate researchers studying social sciences across the University. The University has an internationally excellent reputation for the provision of doctoral training and education, and provides outstanding facilities and support for postgraduate researchers.

A key part of the University’s mission is to tackle some of the important societal challenges currently facing the world through interdisciplinary work, enabling greater knowledge exchange and research opportunities and impact within and beyond the social sciences. Details of our world leading research centres can be found on the websites of each of our academic departments.

The awards

All awards are available as either three year PhD (+3) or four year MA + PhD (1+3) studentships, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. Whilst these awards are in the main only available to nationals from the UK and EU, a small number of AQM awards are open to applicants paying fees at the international rate.

Full awards (for eligible candidates) provide fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates (£14,533 in Session 2017/18). EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for a full 3 years immediately preceding the start date of the award. AQM awards include an enhanced stipend of £3,000 per annum for full-time (+3 award) PhD study.

Timescales and how to apply

Candidates for these studentships must firstly apply for a postgraduate research programme to be eligible and then apply separately for the studentship funding awards.

  • Research programme application deadline: 5pm, 10 January 2018
  • Studentship application deadline: 5pm, 24 January 2018

For further details on these studentship opportunities and how to apply please visit the webpages of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute

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