ESRC-BBSRC PhD Studentships in Biosocial Research - 2020/2021

Type of award


Principal investigator

Professor Tarani Chandola

Managing department

School of Social Sciences


UK/EU tuition fees for 4 years

Annual maintenance stipend (£15,009)

Specified use

Biosocial research is an exciting new area of study ( )

We are seeking bright, motivated applicants to form the first cohort of students in the new Soc-B Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Biosocial Science jointly funded by the Economic & Social Research Council and the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council.

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

to be confirmed

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

See entry requirements for relevant PhD programme .

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to students from the UK and EU.

Application procedure

Candidates must apply to only ONE of the three participating Soc-B institutions (UCL, 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

CDT Board of Directors.

Closing date

17 May 2020

For receipt of a full application.

Interviews; week commencing 8 June 2020

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. See the CDT website  for details of participating departments and supervisors as well as the application process.

Contact details for enquiries