How to apply

The Grand Union DTP will be awarding more than 35 studentships each year, which will be available across all pathways.

Studentships will be awarded through open competition. Pathways will assess all applications and nominate their strongest candidates for consideration by a panel looking across the DTP. As part of this competition, four Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) studentships will be awarded.

If you are interested in applying for an ESRC studentship at the Grand Union DTP for entry in 2019-20, these are the steps you need to take:

1. Choose a Training Pathway

Grand Union studentships are linked to training pathways, so you should first review the Pathway pages to see which is most relevant for your proposed research project. The DTP offers different different training routes or structures depending on your previous experience. If you are unsure which is the most appropriate pathway or training route, please contact the relevant Pathway Lead or your potential supervisor for advice. 

The names and contact details of the pathway leads are available on the Pathway pages.

2. Apply to the relevant university

Submit an application to the university which hosts the programme you wish to follow. In the case of a route though a pathway which involves a MSc at Oxford followed by a PhD elsewhere, your application should be submitted to Oxford.

Please note that the application deadlines for programmes may differ both across institutions and within them. In addition to the general application deadline information below, please ensure that you refer to the individual programme pages and university application information pages for further information on the applicable deadlines.

Brunel University: For further information and how to apply please see Funded Research Degree Opportuunities and Research Degrees - Grand Union DTP. Applications for 2019 entry applications are now open until 18th January 2019 and any queries please contact emma.sigsworth@brunel.ac.uk.

The Open University: See Research degrees - how to apply  Applications for 2019 are now open until 11th January 2019 and any queries please contact jo.watts@open.ac.uk.

Oxford University: See the graduate admissions guide Applying to Oxford for full details. To be considered for a Grand Union award you will need to do the following:

  •  Apply by the relevant January deadline for your course, either 12 noon UK time on Friday 11th January 2019 or Friday 25th January 2019, depending on programme. Please ensure you confirm the correct deadline on the University admissions pages, as late applications will not be accepted.
  • Select 'ESRC Grand Union DTP Studentships in Social Sciences' in the University of Oxford scholarships section of the University's graduate application form. 
  • Upload a completed Grand Union application form with your University application, which can be found on the University's Research Council Studentships page.
  • Applicants wishing to be considered for the Migration pathway must also indicate their interest by contacting the relevant office. Details are available on the Migration Studies pathway pages. 

3. Complete a Grand Union DTP Application Form

In order to be considered for a studentship you must complete a Grand Union DTP Application Form. If you are applying to Oxford or the Open University you must submit the form along with your University application materials before the relevant application deadline. For Brunel University, the DTP Manager will be able to advise on the application process. 

4. What happens next

If your chosen supervisor and/or pathway think you are strong enough to put forward for an ESRC award, they will prepare a nomination form to support their case, highlighting the strengths of your project, relevant aspects of your career record to date, comments from your referees and why your project fits well in your pathway.

Each pathway puts forward a number of such nominations, and ranks them in order of merit. These are then reviewed by the Grand Union DTP Awards panel*. This is a fully open competition across our partnership, and a single ranking of candidates is produced.

*Nominations are assessed by a panel composed of academic members of staff drawn from the three institutions within the partnership, irrespective of which institution an application for study has been made to. For further information on how your data is used by the partnership, please see the data protection notice page.

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