Leeds Social Sciences Institute

The White Rose DTP at Leeds

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About the DTP

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership, accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council in 2016, is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan.

By combining the experience of the White Rose Universities (Leeds, Sheffield, and York) previously involved in the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) with the new partners (Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan), WRDTP will deliver excellent supervision, first class discipline and cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and transferable skills training, and a world-class intellectual environment for postgraduate research students. It will enable PhD students to participate in local, national and international networks of non-academic partners, opinion formers, policy makers, as well as leading academics.

The WRDTP aims to produce doctoral graduates with outstanding skills and flexibility, with the imagination to tackle the thorniest challenges confronting the social sciences.

Like the WRDTC, the WRDTP will offer a range of scholarships across core disciplines and interdisciplinary areas, meaning greater scope for ground-breaking research projects. PhD researchers will 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 WRDTP 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 currently, all social sciences PGRs, regardless of their source of funding, are considered to be part of the White Rose DTP 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 events is the WRDTP website at the address http://wrdtp.ac.uk/.

Updated November 2018

Who we are

Schools and faculties involved in the Social Sciences at Leeds

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

Structure and Roles

– Pathways

There seven thematic Pathways in the DTP. Each of the training pathways offers a variety of opportunities for students to get involved in, for example: research seminars given by invited guests, attend advanced training courses, short course, day schools, summer schools and network with other students. The seven Pathways are:

1. Cities, Environment, and Liveability (CEL)
2. Security, Conflict, and Justice (SCJ)
3. Education, Childhood, and Youth (ECY)
4. Data, Communication, and New Technologies (DCT)
5. Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (WHC)
6. Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity (SMP)
7. Civil Society, Development, and Democracy (CDD)

Each Pathway has a Pathway director and deputy director. The Pathway directors coordinate activities within the Pathway. For a detailed role description and contact of Pathway leaders please see the dedicated page on the WRDTP website.

– The Academic Quality Committee

The White Rose DTP is managed by an Academic Quality Committee (AQC), which consists of members from the seven partner institutions.

– Contacts

The Academic Lead for the White Rose DTP at Leeds is Stuart Lister (School of Law).

The DTP at Leeds is supported by a coordinator, Katie Barclay.

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

Studentships 2019-20

ESRC WRDTP Studentships at the University of Leeds 2019-20

As a partner of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), the University of Leeds is pleased to offer a number of fully-funded research studentship opportunities in social sciences.

The WRDTP is one of 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships to be accredited by the ESRC in recognition of its strengths in postgraduate research training and development. These highly prestigious studentships and will be awarded on academic merit, allowing successful applicants to commence their studies in October 2019.

Studentship applications are invited within the following thematic pathway areas:

  • Cities, Environment, and Liveability (CEL)
  • Security, Conflict, and Justice (SCJ)
  • Education, Childhood, and Youth (ECY)
  • Data, Communication, and New Technologies (DCT)
  • Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (WHC)
  • Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity (SMP)
  • Civil Society, Development, and Democracy (CDD)

In addition to these Pathway awards, we welcome applications for Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) studentships from applicants who expect to use AQM in their research project.

Successful candidates will join a diverse and vibrant community of postgraduate researchers studying social sciences across the University. The University has an internationally excellent reputation for the provision of doctoral training and education, and provides outstanding facilities and support for postgraduate researchers.

A key part of the University’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.

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 (£14,777 in Session 2018/19). 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 (+3 award) PhD study.

Timescales, how to apply and eligibility

Candidates for these studentships must firstly apply for a postgraduate research programme at the institution at which they wish to study to be eligible and then apply separately for the studentship funding awards. Full details about these studentships, including eligibility, regulations and how to apply can be found in this information sheet. You may also want to refer to the ESRC’s Postgraduate Funding Guide for further eligibility information.

PhD application deadline: 09 January 2019

Studentship (+3, 1+3, AQM) application deadline: 17.00GMT, 23 January 2019

Prospective candidates should contact departments directly for more information:


ESRC CDT – Data Analytics and Society

Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Analytics and Society

Various funded PhD Positions will become available in the ESRC Centre for Data Analytics and Society at the Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.

The CDT will encourage significant advances which bring together social science with methods from computing, mathematics and the natural sciences.

The Centre for Data Analytics and Society will be advertising the next round of projects in early 2019 for entry in September 2019. Please check their webpages for further details and email the centre if you wish to be notified when the new project go live for applications.


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