ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) PhD Studentships - Competition Closed for 2024 Entry

Type of award


Managing department

Faculty of Humanities


Subject to residential eligibility status, the award covers:

  • Tuition fees
  • Maintenance stipend (the annual maintenance stipend for 2023-24 is £18,662)
  • A research training support grant
  • Opportunities to apply for additional funding towards overseas fieldwork, difficult language training, overseas institutional visits, and internships
  • An additional disability allowance can be provided where appropriate
Students opting to study part-time will receive a pro-rata maintenance stipend. 

Specified use

  • +3/+4 - covering a full PhD programme
  • +2 - covering 2 years of study for current postgraduate researchers
  • 1+3 - covering Master's and Doctoral study
Please see Additional Information for 1+3 and +2 application processes.

Tenable period

Studentships available for both part-time and full-time programmes.

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

A number of awards are available on a competitive basis.

Funding provider

ESRC North West Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

  • Postgraduate taught
  • Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Arab World Studies
  • Architecture
  • Business and Management
  • Chinese Studies
  • Criminology
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Geography
  • History
  • Humanitarianism and Conflict Response
  • International Development
  • Japanese Studies
  • Law
  • Linguistics and English Language
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Planning, Property and Environmental Management
  • Politics
  • Russian and East European Studies
  • Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Statistics
  • Sociology
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Academic requirements

You must meet the minimum academic requirements for your preferred programme, in addition to those specified by the ESRC NWSSDTP.

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Other eligibility criteria

This award is available to existing postgraduate students.

Please refer to the application guidance on the NWSSDTP website.

Application procedure

Stage 1:

You must submit a complete programme application for your chosen PhD programme by the funding deadline for your school (below). This is to ensure you hold an offer by the time of the NWSSDTP committee. 

Section 9 of the application asks for your funding intentions. Add a funding source and populate this as below:

Type of Funding: Research Council

Awarding Body: ESRC NWSSDTP

Status of Funding: Intend to Apply

Stage 2:

The completed ESRC NWSSDTP Application Form and Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form must be submitted to no later than 5pm GMT, 26 February 2024. Please note all deadlines are strict and applications received after 5pm will not be included in the competition.

Application form

Additional documentation

To be considered in the ESRC NWSSDTP competition, your research proposal must be no longer than 1500 words. If you revise your research proposal following submission of your programme application, please attach the latest draft of your proposal along with the ESRC NWSSDTP application form in your email to

The academic transcripts and references submitted with your programme application will be attached to your ESRC NWSSDTP application form and provided to the panels for review.

Selection criteria

  • Academic merit
  • Quality and feasibility of research proposal
  • Consideration of ethical responsibility  

Please see the NWSSDTP website.

Selection body

Applications are reviewed through a series of panels at School level, by ESRC NWSSDTP Pathway representatives and leads, and by ESRC NWSSDTP Institutional leads.

Closing date

26 Feb 2024

This competition has now closed for 2024 entry. Deadlines for 2025 entry will be published here in due course.

Decision date

We expect to communicate the outcome to 2024 applicants no later than 1 May 2024. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications, as outcomes are determined by several panels across a number of institutions.

Deferral information

Offers of funding are not deferrable. If you cannot start your programme by the date mentioned in your studentship offer letter, the award will be withdrawn. You are permitted to re-apply in future.

Additional information

1+3 Applications:

To apply, you should submit a PhD programme application (not taught Master's), and indicate in section 9 of the form that it is your intention to apply for 1+3 funding. This will be assessed as per the Postgraduate Research admissions process; must contain a 1500 word research proposal; and be supported by a supervisory team. If you secure 1+3 funding, you will receive an offer for both Master's and PhD programme.

+2 Applications:

To apply, please submit your latest 1500 word research proposal with the completed ESRC NWSSDTP application form and Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form to the Humanities Doctoral Academy via no later than 5pm GMT, 26 February 2024.

We may also reach out to you to request your academic transcripts and references, if we do not already have them.

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