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Applying for ESRC funding in the School of Management

How to apply for Economic and Social Research Council South West Doctoral Training Partnership funding in the School of Management.

ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership funding

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) studentships are available for discipline-specific study or interdisciplinary study that will involve collaboration with a partner institution.

ESRC SWDTP funding is now available to all students (Home and International).

Find out more about funding from the ESRC SWDTP.

How to apply

To apply for ESRC SWDTP funding, indicate on your application that you wish to be considered for funding, and we will steer your application to the most appropriate funding competition.

Apply for URSA or GRS funding in the School of Management.

1. Contact a supervisor

You must contact a potential supervisor to discuss your own research ideas. They will let you know if you can apply. You cannot put your application forward for funding if you have not identified and contacted a supervisor.

2. Check entry requirements

Make sure you meet the entry requirements for a PhD in the relevant department.

3. Complete the application forms

Complete the application form to study for the relevant department or interdisciplinary stream. You must include all the necessary supporting information as listed on how to apply for doctoral study.

In addition to the application for study, you must also include:

Equal opportunities

As part of your application, you can complete the optional SWDTP Equal Opportunities Student Data Form. Information will be held confidentially and reported anonymously to the ESRC.

Send your completed form to


If you are shortlisted for ESRC SWDTP funding, you will be invited for an interview by mid-February 2023.

Interviews will be held online in early March.

If successful, you will be notified by mid-April 2023. You will be expected to commence your studies on 2 October 2023.

The URSA and GRS funding competitions are separate to ESRC SWDTP. Read about these competitions.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this funding, please get in touch.

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