Eligibility

Residential Eligibility Requirements

All nominations are carefully assessed to ensure that students are awarded the correct studentship type in accordance with both their residency and the discipline/pathway for which they have been nominated. Please note that we are unable to confirm residential eligibility prior to an application being made.

For more detailed guidance regarding residential eligibility please refer to Am I eligible for an ESRC studentship? on the ESRC website. 

Full Award (covering tuition fees and living costs)

Full ESRC studentship support is normally available to students who meet the ESRC's residential eligibility requirements. To be eligible for a full award you must have each of the following:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay.
  • 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).
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. *This does not apply to UK and EU nationals*

Fees-only Award

If you are a citizen of an EU country but do not qualify for the Full Award you may be eligible for a Fees Only Award, which covers tuition fee payments but does not include a maintenance grant. Candidates interested in this award must be 'ordinarily resident' in an EU member state, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

Other Award Opportunities

Students from non-UK countries inside and outside of the European Union may be eligible for full support for study in Economics and Advanced Quantitative Methods. 

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, conferences, or 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. 

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

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

If at any point during the Master’s or PhD/DPhil studies a student is not considered to be of the required standard to complete the PhD/DPhil, the studentship will be withdrawn. For students awarded a Masters plus PhD/DPhil funding package (i.e. 1+3, 2+2, 1+2, 2+3), please be aware that progression from the Masters phase, whether MSc, MSt or MPhil, to a PhD/DPhil programme, is not automatic – students are required to apply for readmission, normally by the relevant January deadline for your intended PhD/DPhil programme in the year preceding its start date. Your readmission application will be assessed competitively and treated in exactly the same way as all other applications, and you will be required to meet the Departmental/Faculty published admissions selection criteria for the programme and all conditions specified in the PhD/DPhil offer letter before having your place confirmed. For further information, please see the graduate admissions pages at the institution at which you will undertake your PhD/DPhil studies. Please note that in order for the continuation of your studentship to proceed after the Masters phase of your studentship, you must apply to a PhD/DPhil programme that is a valid route that can be taken in accordance with the ESRC-accredited training pathway upon which your studentship commenced.

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