School of Social Sciences - President's Doctoral Scholarship (PDS) 2020/2021

Type of award


Managing department

School of Social Sciences


  • Tuition fees
  • Annual maintenance stipend (£16,009).

Specified use

PhD programmes in the School of Social Sciences

Tenable period

3 years full-time or 6 years part-time (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 students from the UK and EU.

Other eligibility criteria

In order to be considered for the PDS, an application for AHRC or ESRC funding must also be submitted (if eligible), by the stated deadlines.  Current PhD students are NOT eligible for PDS.

Application procedure

Submission of full PhD on-line application by dates specified on the relevant PhD programme information page.

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

03 Feb 2020

No separate application is required for PDS - all applicable applications received and offered will be considered.

Decision date

March-April 2020

Contact details for enquiries