If you would like to apply for a University Research Studentship (URSA) or a South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) ESRC studentship, there are specific guidelines you will need to follow.

University Research Studentship Award (URSA)

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three years. This includes:

  • full tuition fees
  • annual training support fee
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 pa (2018/19 rate) for Home/EU only (no stipend for overseas fee status)

Scheme opens: Open now.
Scheme closes: 29 January 2019, 12 noon GMT.

Research Councils Funding

The Research Councils include the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC). They award funding for Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT).

ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP)

The ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. Studentships are available for discipline specific study or interdisciplinary study which will involve collaboration with a partner institution.

Eligibility: Home/EU students only. International candidates are eligible to apply for Economics and Advanced Quantitative Methods.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three years of full time study or part-time equivalent. This includes:

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend, £14,777 per annum (2018/19 rate)
  • training support fee, £750 per annum

EU citizens who do not meet the residency requirement may be eligible for a tuition fees only award.

Studentships available: Approximately 45, across the partnership.

Scheme opens: Open now.
Scheme closes: 29 January 2019, 12 noon GMT.

Find out more about studentships with the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership.

MRC GW4 Biomed DTP Studentships

The MRC works to improve the health of people in the UK by supporting excellent science and training the very best scientists. The MRC GW4 Biomed DTP is awarding up to 18 studentships with an October 2019 start date, aligned with the themes of Infection, Immunity and Repair; Neuroscience and Mental Health; and Population Health.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • training support fee £1,000 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £14,777 per annum (2018/19 rate)

Scheme opens: 24 September 2018.
Scheme closes: 23 November 2018.

Find out more about the MRC GW4 BioMed DTP Studentships and how to apply.

Enhanced learning Credits Administration Services (ELCAS)

The Ministry of Defence's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. Discounts are available for the following courses:

Eligibility: current and ex-service personnel from the Ministry of Defence.

Find out more and apply via ELCAS. You can also contact the Doctoral College.