School of Social Sciences - President's Doctoral Scholarship (PDS) 2023/24

Type of award


Managing department

School of Social Sciences


These awards will cover tuition fees and include annual stipends of approximately £16,062 (subject to final confirmation) for a period of three and a half years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Specified use

PhD programmes in the School of Social Sciences

Tenable period

Studentships are available for 3.5 year full-time programmes. Part-time studentships are also available (award will be pro-rata).

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

A number will be available on a competitive basis

Funding provider

This award is internal.

School of Social Sciences

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:

  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Statistics
  • Sociology

Academic requirements

Applicants must hold, or expect to achieve a Masters at Merit level, including 65% overall average, 65% in dissertation and no mark below 55%

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Other eligibility criteria

 Current PhD students are NOT eligible for PDS.

Application procedure

Offer holders of the School's PhD programmes starting in September are automatically considered for this funding - no further application is required.

Application form

Selection criteria

Applications will be ranked by the Department and School based on academic track record and quality of research proposal

Closing date

01 Feb 2023

Candidates need to have been offered a place on the PhD programme for September entry by  Wednesday 1 February 2023 at the latest . Please note that late applications will not be included in the competition.

Decision date

March-April 2023

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