Leeds Social Sciences Institute

The White Rose DTC at Leeds

In this section:

About the DTC

White Rose Doctoral Training CentreThe White Rose Doctoral Training Centre in Social Sciences (DTC) was established in January 2011 with an investment from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to provide a national training centre for postgraduate researchers in social sciences, including the award of a minimum of 48 full scholarships per year.

By combining the expertise of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, the DTC delivers excellent supervision, first class training and vibrant intellectual environments for postgraduate research students.

The Centre trains social scientists to meet the demands of future global challenges whether working within industry, academia or government. We offer an exciting interdisciplinary approach to postgraduate research training, combining taught and research elements.

The DTC offers a range of scholarships across core disciplines and interdisciplinary areas, meaning greater scope for ground-breaking research projects. Students have access to national and international networks of industrial partners, opinion formers, policy makers and academics, enabling us to produce doctoral graduates with outstanding skills and flexibility.

Some of the activities offered or supported by the WR DTC are:

•Training courses, seminars, and workshops
•Pathway specific and interdisciplinary activities
•Networking events
•Knowledge exchange and research impact
•Collaborative links to organisations in the private, public and third sector

It is important to note that all social sciences PGRs, regardless of their source of funding, are considered to be part of the White Rose DTC and are invited to take advantage of training opportunities and events. Occasionally, there are opportunities available only to ESRC-funded students, and it is clearly specified when this is the case.

The main point of information on policies and upcoming activities is the DTC website at the address http://wrdtc.ac.uk/.

Who we are

Schools and faculties involved in the WR DTC at Leeds

Social science disciplines at Leeds are spread out in 6 different Faculties. The Schools involved are:

Structure and Roles

– Pathways

The DTC itself is structured around discipline-based Training Pathways.

Each Pathway has a Pathway leader in each of the three universities. The Pathway leaders coordinate activities within the Pathway. For a detailed role description and contact of Pathway leaders please see the dedicated page on the WR DTC website.

– The Academic Quality Committee

The White Rose DTC is managed by an Academic Quality Committee (AQC), which consists of members from the three universities. The current Leeds members of the Academic Quality Committee are:

– Advisory Group

Within Leeds, the DTC is supported by an Advisory Group, which includes a member from each of the Faculties above.

Current members (September 2015) are:

– Contacts

The Academic Lead for the White Rose DTC at Leeds is Dr Hugh Dyer.

The DTC at Leeds is supported by a coordinator, Elisa Coati.

Queries relating to studentships are dealt with by Shirley Yeadon in the Scholarships Office, who is the ESRC nominated contact for the University of Leeds

Studentships 2016-17

ESRC WR DTC Studentships at the University of Leeds 2016-17

For 2016-17 entry, the White Rose DTC will offer the following studentships. These can be taken either on a 1+3* or +3 basis**

*1+3 Studentships (4 year programme): an integrated research Training Masters with a 3-year PhD programme.
**+3 Studentships (3 year programme): for 3-year PhD study, for candidates who have already completed an appropriate Masters degree or research training programme.

ESRC WR DTC Discipline Studentships

Opportunities are available for pathways in the departments listed below. Prospective candidates should contact departments directly for more information. The deadline for application for these studentships will be 2nd February 2016.

Further information and application form will be available from September 2015 from: http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk/

Other White Rose DTC ESRC studentships available in 2016-17:

  • Departments can nominate applicants for up to 4 ESRC WR DTC Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) Studentships. These AQM Studentships are available to applicants who intend to use AQM in their project. The deadline for applications will also be 2nd February 2016.
  •  ESRC WR DTC Collaborative Studentships

Academic colleagues are invited to present proposals for collaborative projects by the deadline of 8 December 2015.

A Development Workshop for new collaborative awards proposals will take place in Leeds on 12 October 2015 (venue tbc). The deadline to express an interest to attend this workshop will be 6 October 2015. Further information and an Expression of Interest form can be found on the WR DTC website.

Successful projects will be announced in January 2016, and award holders will set their own deadlines for applications etc.

  • ESRC WR DTC Network Studentships (20% financial co-funding required)

Three networks will be available in 2016-17. Academic colleagues are invited to present proposals for network projects by the deadline of 8 December 2015.

A Development Workshop for new network awards proposals will take place in Leeds on 12 October 2015 (venue tbc). The deadline to express an interest to attend this workshop will be 6 October 2015. Further information and an Expression of Interest form can be found on the WR DTC website.

Successful projects will be announced in January 2016, and award holders will set their own deadlines for applications etc.

All studentships will be awarded by the end of April 2016.

If you have any queries please contact Shirley Yeadon s.yeadon@adm.leeds.ac.uk, ESRC nominated contact, or Elisa Coati e.coati@leeds.ac.uk , WR DTC Leeds coordinator

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