Eligibility information for 2020-21 entrants is listed below.  Details for the 2021-22 cohort will be provided when available.


**Important note regarding the eligibility for EU students starting in the 2020/21 academic year--The government has announced that EU nationals will remain eligible for research council studentships for the 2020/21 academic year on the same basis as is available at present (04 July 2019).**

Residential Eligibility Requirements

Full Award (covering tuition fees and living costs)

To be eligible for a full award you must:

  • Have settled status in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay; and
  • Have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for 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 and EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education.

Fees-only Award

To be eligible for a fees-only award you must be 'ordinarily resident' in an EU member state, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.


These eligibility criteria are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments

Please note that we are unable to confirm residential eligibility prior to an application being made.


Other Award Opportunities

The ESRC has relaxed the residential eligibility rules for a small number of Advanced Quantitative Methods studentships, allowing some students without prior residency in the UK to be eligible for a full fee and stipend award (eg. students with an overseas fee status). For the Grand Union DTP, we are permitted to offer one AQM full studentship per year to a candidate with EU or overseas fee status.  

ESRC Award Conditions

All study undertaken as part of the ESRC award must be carried out within the UK, except as part of overseas fieldwork which is an integral part of the study, or conferences and training. Students must be resident close to the University at which they are registered and may not, for example, write up their thesis whilst resident outside the UK during the period of their ESRC award. This applies to full-time and part-time students. 

Part-time studentships are not available to applicants who expect to hold a full-time job while studying. 

In a small number of cases students may not be eligible for the full length of funding if they have previously received government funding for postgraduate study.

Prior Study

In order to receive an ESRC studentship you must have qualifications or experience equal to the standard of a good undergraduate honours degree at a first or upper second class level from a UK research organisation. A Masters qualification is not a prerequisite for the award of a studentship from the Grand Union DTP. All pathways have routes through them for students without a Masters, with training designed for individuals, based on an assessment of their prior learning and training needs.

Progression Requirements

For students awarded a Masters plus PhD/DPhil funding package (i.e. 1+3, 2+2, 2+3), continuation of the studentship after the Masters programme is dependent on gaining admission to a doctoral programme that is valid for the ESRC accredited training pathway on which the studentship commenced. The Masters and doctoral phases must be consecutive.