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ESRC White Rose DTP Studentship 2021

PGR-F-64

Key facts

Deadline
Wednesday 27 January 2021
Number of funding places
Multiple opportunities available
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Source of funding
Research council
Schools
Accounting and Finance, Economics, Institute for Transport Studies, International Business, Management, Marketing, School of Computing, School of Earth and Environment, School of Education, School of Geography, School of Healthcare, School of History, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, School of Law, School of Media and Communication, School of Politics and International Studies, School of Sociology and Social Policy, Work and Employment Relations
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The Economic and Social Research Council is the UK&#039;s largest funding agency for research and postgraduate training relating to social and economic issues. <br /> <br /> A number of ESRC White Rose DTP Studentships are available in selected Schools on either a 1+3 (integrated Masters and 3-year PhD) or a +3 (3-year PhD) basis, depending on the level of training already achieved.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible"Full description</h2>

<p>The University of Leeds is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), forming a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull and Manchester Metropolitan. Through this, the University is able to offer a range of ESRC Postgraduate Studentships. These studentships are available in named Thematic Interdisciplinary Training Pathways on either a 1+3 or a +3 basis.</p> <p><strong>1+3 Studentships:&nbsp;</strong>an integrated Research Training Masters &ndash;&nbsp;MA Social Research (Interdisciplinary) &ndash;&nbsp;(delivering the majority of the core training requirements) followed by a 3-year PhD programme.</p> <p><strong>+3 Studentships:&nbsp;</strong>3-year PhD (applicants must demonstrate that they have already completed substantial social sciences training in research methods which would enable them to undertake an independent research project in a particular discipline or interdisciplinary field.&nbsp; An applicant must have at least 60 credits at Masters level of core social sciences research methods acquired in the last five years.&nbsp; This must include a broad range of methods, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods and the use of appropriate software/tools for their application, and comprehension of principles of research design and strategy, and an appreciation of alternative approaches to research).</p> <p><strong>The Thematic Interdisciplinary Training Pathways are as follows. Each link will direct you to further information about the Pathway:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://wrdtp.ac.uk/cel-cities-environment-and-liveability-pathway/">Cities, Environment, and Liveability (CEL)</a></p> <p><a href="https://wrdtp.ac.uk/scj-security-conflict-and-justice-pathway/">Security, Conflict, and Justice (SCJ)</a></p> <p><a href="https://wrdtp.ac.uk/ecy-education-childhood-and-youth-pathway/">Education, Childhood, and Youth (ECY)</a></p> <p><a href="https://wrdtp.ac.uk/dct-data-communication-and-new-technologies-pathway/">Data,&nbsp;Communication, and New Technologies (DCT)</a></p> <p><a href="https://wrdtp.ac.uk/whc-well-being-health-and-communities-pathway/">Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (WHC)</a></p> <p><a href="https://wrdtp.ac.uk/smp-sustainable-growth-management-and-economic-productivity-pathway/">Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity (SMP)</a></p> <p><a href="https://wrdtp.ac.uk/cdd-civil-society-development-and-democracy-pathway/">Civil Society, Development, and Democracy (CDD)</a></p> <p>Researchers whose projects straddle the remit of the ESRC and another Research Council may be awarded an Interdisciplinary Research Studentship. Researchers intending to use Advanced Quantitative Methods, in particular using large-scale datasets, are required to provide extra information in the application form.</p> <p>There are <a href="https://wrdtp.ac.uk/studentships/ring-fenced-pathway-awards/">2 Ring-Fenced Awards for Black British Students</a>.</p> <p>A number of ESRC White Rose DTP Collaborative Studentships may be available in due course in specific Schools for specific projects. &nbsp;Details of these will be provided towards the end of January on this website and can be found by typing &lsquo;ESRC&rsquo; in the search box.</p> <p><strong>Closing Date for Application forms 17:00&nbsp;(UK time) Wednesday 27&nbsp;January&nbsp;2021</strong></p> <h4>Duration of the Award</h4> <ul> <li> <p>1+3 Studentships: Full-time (4&nbsp;years) or part-time (7 years);&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <p>+3 Studentships: Full-time (3 years) or part-time (5 years).</p> </li> </ul> <p>Full-time awards will be made for one year in the first instance and renewable for a further period of up to two years (+3 Studentships) or up to three years (1+3 Studentships), subject to satisfactory academic progress;</p> <p>Part-time awards will be made for 24 months (two calendar years) in the&nbsp;first instance and are renewable annually for a maximum of five years (+3 Studentships) or seven years&nbsp;(1+3 Studentships), subject to satisfactory academic progress.</p> <h4>Funding</h4> <ul> <li> <p>The award will cover fees at standard Research Council rates;</p> </li> <li> <p>Fees may rise during the course of your candidature: this will be by no more than the rate of inflation, calculated according to the Retail Price Index;</p> </li> <li> <p>A maintenance grant (&pound;15,285 in Session 2020/21&nbsp;for full-time study, part-time will be pro-rata at 60%). This amount increases per annum in line with the Research Council UK rate (announced on <a href="http://www.ukri.org/skills/funding-for-research-training/">this website</a>);</p> </li> <li> <p>Advanced Quantitative Methods students receive an enhanced stipend of &pound;3,000 per annum for full-time PhD study;</p> </li> <li> <p>Research Training Support Grant covers travel and research costs during the PhD part of the award &ndash;&nbsp;variable amount depending on the scheme plus other allowances where applicable;</p> </li> </ul> <h4>Other Conditions</h4> <ul> <li> <p>&nbsp;Applicants applying on both a 1+3 and a +3 basis MUST in the first instance apply for a place on a research postgraduate programme and be in receipt of a Student ID Number to be eligible for an ESRC White Rose DTP Studentship. Applications without a valid ID Number will be rejected;&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <p>+3 awards must be taken up on&nbsp;1 October 2021; 1+3 awards must be taken up in September 2021;</p> </li> <li> <p>&nbsp;Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this Scholarship;</p> </li> <li> <p>Applicants should read the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guidelines <a href="http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/studentships/esrc-students/">linked here</a>&nbsp;and be willing to abide by the conditions and regulations therein.</p> </li> </ul> <h4>Selection Process</h4> <p>After a School selection process, applicants will be informed as to whether they are being nominated for an ESRC WRDTP Studentship. The White Rose Academic Quality Committee will review the nominations and decide on the final list of awards. The University will use the data&nbsp;provided in the application form for internal selection and statistical purposes and publish the names of the successful applicants within the University and externally on the University website. The final outcome is expected mid-April 2021&nbsp;for the Pathway/AQM Studentships and the end of April 2021&nbsp;for Network and Collaborative Studentships.</p> <p><strong>Assessment Criteria for Pathway Awards</strong></p> <p>Please refer to the&nbsp;<a href="https://wrdtp.ac.uk/wrdtp-pathway-awards-2021-22/">WRDTP website</a>&nbsp;for further information about the Assessment Criteria for the Pathway Awards.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<h3>Stage 1&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li> <p>First of all &nbsp;apply for a<a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees"> research programme of study</a>&nbsp;by completing the application form</p> </li> </ul> <p>In order to be considered for the scholarship you must submit all the required supporting documents for your application for study*. Any study applications that are not accompanied by the documents requested by the scholarship deadline will not be considered for the award.</p> <p>Please note that an unsuccessful application for this scholarship does not exclude you from applying for other research study opportunities or scholarships offered by the University of Leeds.</p> <p>*The supporting documents you need to provide with your study application are listed on website for the School/Faculty in which you are applying to study.</p> <h3>Faculty Information</h3> <p>For the Faculty&nbsp;of Social Sciences&nbsp;and the Leeds University Business School, please note the following:</p> <p>PhD application submission deadline &ndash;&nbsp;17:00 (UK time) 13 January 2021.&nbsp; In advance of the scholarship deadline you should also ensure that you submit your online PhD application by this deadline (and provide all supporting documents) in order to give sufficient time for the Graduate School to consider your application for a PhD place prior to the scholarship deadline.</p> <h3>Stage 2</h3> <ul> <li> <p>Once you are in receipt of your 9 digit Student Application ID complete the <a href="https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/esrc-white-rose-dtp-studentships-university-of-leeds-2021">online application form.</a></p> </li> </ul> <p>After receipt of your Studentship application, the relevant School will provide further advice on your suitability for either a 1+3&nbsp;or a +3 studentship and advise whether you are required to apply for a Masters study place for MA Social Research (Interdisciplinary) programme. Please be aware that you may be required to provide 2 academic references to the relevant School in support of your studentship application.</p> <p>Please note that, due to the large volume of applications, the Postgraduate Scholarships Office will not enter into any correspondence regarding the progress of an application until the outcome is known.</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants applying&nbsp;for a&nbsp;1+3 award&nbsp;must hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent (a less than sufficient undergraduate degree may be enhanced, e.g. by a Masters degree). Applicants should either have graduated with the appropriate First Degree of be in their final year of study. Applicants applying for a +3 award must demonstrate that they have achieved a level of research training to allow them to proceed directly to PhD (usually through the attainment of a previous Masters qualification in the social sciences).

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the Postgraduate Scholarships Office:<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:pg_scholarships@leeds.ac.uk">pg_scholarships@leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 4077</p> <p>ESRC White Rose DTP Studentships are available in 7 Thematic Interdisciplinary Training Pathways; listed below are just some of the linked research areas which may be relevant.</p>


<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Linked research areas</h2>