ESRC-BBSRC PhD Studentships in Biosocial Research 2023/24

Type of award


Principal investigator

Dr Nick Shryane

Managing department

School of Social Sciences


Tuition fees for 4 years

Annual maintenance stipend (£17,668 for 2022/23)

Specified use

Biosocial research is an exciting new area of study. We are seeking bright, motivated applicants to form the next cohort of students in the new Soc-B Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Tenable period

4 years full-time (part-time option subject to final confirmation)

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

Please see Soc-B CDT website

Funding provider


Level(s) of study

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

  • 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:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Academic requirements

Applicants are expected to have a First Class or Upper Second-Class Bachelor's degree and/or a Master's degree (preferably with a merit or distinction) in a social, biological, mathematical or computer science. 

See entry requirements for relevant PhD programme

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Application procedure

Candidates must apply to only ONE of the three participating Soc-B institutions (University College London, University of Manchester or University of Essex).

Each of the three institutions will interview a short-list of applicants and the successful candidates' applications will be put forward to the central CDT Board of Directors for consideration.

The successful candidate(s) will be required to then undergo the normal PhD application procedure for the University.

Application form

Selection body

Soc-B CDT Board of Directors.

Closing date

15 Jan 2023

The competition for Soc-B ESRC studentships is now open.

Please check the Soc-B CDT website for more information on applying.

Additional information

As a graduate of the innovative Soc-B programme, you will be one of a cadre of cutting-edge researchers with the theoretical knowledge, analytic capabilities and communication skills to capitalise on these investments and make major advances in biosocial research in the future.

The studentships are based across social and biological science departments in 3 centres of excellence in biosocial research: UCL, University of Manchester and University of Essex. The studentships are for 4 years with the first year spent in project rotations and biosocial training before selecting a PhD research topic for years 2-4.

Thesis projects must lie a minimum of 50% within the social sciences.

See the CDT website for more details.

Contact details for enquiries