Residential Eligibility Requirements

The ESRC announced a change in residential eligibility for studentships commencing from 2021-22. Previously studentships were restricted mainly to UK and EU students, however from 2021 all applicants will be eligible to apply for ESRC funding, including UK and international applicants. DTPs will be limited to awarding a maximum of 30% of studentships to International students. 

Students will be classed as having a status of Home or International for ESRC funding.  To be classed as a Home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

• Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or

• Have settled status, or

• Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirement) or,

• Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they would be classed as an International student. Further details about eligibility are available on the website for UKRI, the umbrella organisation for UK Research Councils (including ESRC). 

Grand Union DTP awards will cover the following for 2021-22 entry:

Home status - Students will receive a stipend to support living costs, set at the Research Councils annual rate (£15,285 in 2020-21 for 12 months). They will also have their fees covered for the period of the award.

International status - Students will receive a stipend to support living costs, set at the Research Councils annual rate (£15,285 in 2020-21 for 12 months). They will as a minimum receive a contribution to fees at the Research Councils annual fee rate (£4,407 in 2020-21 for 12 months). 

Our partner institutions are currently reviewing arrangements for international students and the overall level of support to be provided. International students may be required to cover the gap between the Research Council contribution and overseas fee rates. 

Fee Status

The UK Government announced on 23 June 2020 that EU, other EAA and Swiss Nationals will no longer be automatically eligible to pay fees at the 'Home' (UK) rate. For those starting courses from 2021-22, they will be required to pay fees at the 'overseas' rate. This will not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland. 

Your fee status will be determined by the University to which you have applied. 

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.