ESRC WRDTP Studentships at the University of Leeds

The ESRC White Rose DTP Studentships are available in selected Schools on either a 1+3 (integrated Masters and 3-year PhD) or a +3 (3-year PhD) basis, depending on the level of training already achieved.

1+3 Studentships: an integrated Research Training Masters – MA Social Research (Interdisciplinary) – (delivering the majority of the core training requirements) followed by a 3-year PhD programme.

+3 Studentships: 3-year PhD (applicants must demonstrate that they have already completed substantial social sciences training in research methods which would enable them to undertake an independent research project in a particular discipline or interdisciplinary field.  An applicant must have at least 60 credits at Masters level of core social sciences research methods acquired in the last five years.

This must include a broad range of methods, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods and the use of appropriate software/tools for their application, and comprehension of principles of research design and strategy, and an appreciation of alternative approaches to research).

Each pathway has a pathway director and deputy director who coordinate activities within the pathway. Contact details for the pathway Directors and Deputies can be found on the WRDTP webpages.

Researchers whose projects straddle the remit of the ESRC and another Research Council may be awarded an Interdisciplinary Research Studentship. Researchers intending to use Advanced Quantitative Methods, in particular using large-scale datasets, are required to provide extra information in the application form.

Student Applications for the following WRDTP ESRC Award competitions will be welcomed from November 2022:

The Pathway and Advanced Quantitative Methods Award competitions fund students who have designed their own research projects. To apply for ESRC studentship funding as an academic colleague, please see the WRDTP Collaborative Awards section on the WRDTP website.

WRDTP Pathway Awards and Advanced Qualitative Methods Awards 2023/4
Information for Applicants

Academic colleagues are invited to develop a proposal for the following WRDTP ESRC Award:

WRDTP Collaborative Awards are designed by academic colleagues at our partner universities. Students will be able to view the list of successful projects and apply for the studentship linked to their preferred project in Spring 2023.

More information on how to apply

Stage 1

First of all, apply for a research programme of study by completing the online application form here

In order to be considered for the scholarship you must submit all the required supporting documents for your application for study (these are listed on the website for the School/Faculty in which you are applying to study). Any study applications that are not accompanied by the documents requested by the scholarship deadline will not be considered for an award.

Please note that an unsuccessful application for this scholarship does not exclude you from applying for other research study opportunities or scholarships offered by the University of Leeds.

Stage 2

Once you are in receipt of your 9 digit Student Application ID complete the online application form which will be added to this page in due course.  You will apply through the University of Leeds, and the closing date for applications is the 23 January 2023 at 17:00 hrs.

WRDTP Studentships

After receipt of your studentship application, the relevant school will provide further advice on your suitability for either a 1+3 or a +3 studentship and advise whether you are required to apply for a Masters study place for MA Social Research (Interdisciplinary) programme. Please be aware that you may be required to provide 2 academic references to the relevant School in support of your studentship application.

Eligible Schools at the University of Leeds

The following schools/divisions are affiliated with the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership and can therefore accommodate Postgraduate students with ESRC funding (managed through the White Rose DTP)

Accounting and Finance (Leeds University Business School)
Economics (Leeds University Business School)
Institute for Transport Studies
International Business (Leeds University Business School)
Management (Leeds University Business School)
Marketing (Leeds University Business School)
School of Computing
School of Earth and Environment
School of Geography
School of Healthcare
School of History
School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
School of Law
School of Media and Communication
School of Politics and International Studies
School of Sociology and Social Policy
Work and Employment Relations (Leeds University Business School)