Our Studentships

The 2018 studentships competition has now closed. Details for the 2019 competition will be available later in the year. 

The Grand Union DTP offers at least 35 studentships each year, across 24 training pathways (or subject areas). In addition to funding for fees and living costs (depending on eligibility), DTP students benefit from being able to access a variety of other pots of funding and a wide range of training available at the three partner universities.

The DTP offers two forms of studentships:

Full Awards

For candidates who meet the ESRC residency requirements, a full award covers the following for the duration of the funded period:  

  • Maintenance grant at the RCUK national minimum doctoral stipend rate (£14,553 in 2017-18 for 12 months). If the award is for a period of less than 12 months in any year, the grant is reduced  pro-rata to reflect the number of days for which a student is enrolled on-course.
  • University fees: fully covered by both the ESRC and your pathway/department;

Fees-only Awards

For students ordinarily resident in an EU country other than the UK, a fees-only award covers the following for the duration of the funded period: 

  • University fees: fully covered by both the ESRC and your pathway/department;

The award type that is offered to a student is determined by whether a given student satisfies the ESRC's residential edibility criteria. Please see the eligibility page for further information.

Some routes are available for part-time students as well as full-time students, and studentship funding is adjusted on a pro-rata basis for part-time awards.  

Four of the studentships on offer will be Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) studentships, which are available on any pathway for students pursuing quantitative research designs and approaches deemed 'advanced' within their own field.

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.

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