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).
University Research Studentship Award funding
This guidance is for applying for URSA funding for PhD programmes in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.
URSA funding is available to Home students only.
How to apply
To apply for URSA or 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.
1. Contact a supervisor
You must contact a potential supervisor to discuss your own research ideas, or the Project lead for a project idea to discuss the opportunity. 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 or interdisciplinary stream.
3. Complete the application forms
In addition to the application for study, you must also include:
- a completed Student Statement Form, either copy your research proposal into the Student Statement Form or adapt it to the form
- the Supervisor Supporting Statement completed by your proposed supervisor
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are shortlisted, you will be invited for an interview by mid-February 2022. Interviews will be held online through Skype or Zoom in early March.
If successful, you will be notified by mid-April 2022. You will be expected to commence your studies on 3 October 2022.