Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

The ESSL Graduate School


ESRC Funded PhD Studentships

As part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), the University of Leeds is pleased to offer research degree funding in the Schools of Education, Law, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology and Social Policy.

The WRDTP is one of 14 new Doctoral Training Partnerships to be accredited by the ESRC in recognition of the high quality training and development it offers researchers across a broad range of subjects. A number of Open Competition Pathway PhD studentship awards are available, enabling successful applicants to commence their studies at the University of Leeds in October 2017. These are very prestigious, fully-funded studentships and will be awarded on academic merit.

Studentship applications are invited within the following broad areas:

  1. Cities, Environment, and Liveability
  2. Security, Conflict, and Justice
  3. Education, Childhood, and Youth
  4. Data, Communication, and New Technologies
  5. Wellbeing, Health, and Communities
  6. Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity
  7. Civil Society, Development, and Democracy

In addition to these Pathway studentship awards, we welcome applications for Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) studentships from applicants who expect to use AQM in their research project and for Cross-Research Council studentships, available for applicants whose research project will transcend the intellectual disciplinary boundaries of the UK Government’s Research Councils.

Successful candidates will join a diverse and vibrant community of over three hundred postgraduate researchers studying within the four Schools of the Faculty of Education, Social Science and Law. The Faculty has an internationally excellent reputation for the provision of doctoral training and education, and offers outstanding facilities and support for postgraduate researchers.

A key part of the Faculty’s mission is to tackle some of the important societal challenges currently facing the world through interdisciplinary work, enabling greater knowledge exchange and research opportunities and impact within and beyond the social sciences. Details of our world leading research centres can be found on the websites of each of our academic departments.

School of Education
School of Law
School of Politics and International Studies
School of Sociology and Social Policy

The awards

All awards are available as either three year PhD (+3) or four year MA + PhD (1+3) studentships, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. Whilst these awards are in the main only available to nationals from the UK and EU, a small number of AQM awards are open to applicants paying fees at the international rate.

Full awards (for eligible candidates) provide fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates (£14,296 in Session 2016/17). EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for a full 3 years immediately preceding the start date of the award. AQM awards include an enhanced stipend of £3,000 per annum for full-time PhD study.

Timescales and how to apply

Candidates for these studentships must firstly apply online for a postgraduate research programme in the School of Education, School of Law, School of Politics and International or School of Sociology and Social Policy, and be in possession of a Student ID Number in order to be eligible and then apply separately for a studentship award.

Full details on these studentship opportunities including eligibility, regulations and how to apply online can be found in this information sheet.

Research programme application deadline: 18 January 2017
Studentship application deadline: 1 February 2017

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