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.
University Research Studentship Award funding
This guidance is for applying for URSA funding for PhD programmes in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.
Apply for funding for a PhD programme in Engineering & Design, Management, or Science.
URSA funding is available to Home students only.
Find out more about URSA funding and what it covers.
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. 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
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:
- 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 email@example.com
If you are shortlisted, 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.