ESRC-Funded Studentship Opportunities: Scottish Graduate School of Social Science

All the information for this Scholarship is valid for 2022/23 applications only.

Key Facts

Fee status

England, Wales, NI, Republic of Ireland, European Union, International, Scotland


Postgraduate (research)


See Scottish Graduate School for Social Science website for deadline details

Number of awards

Value of awards

£17,668 (for 2022)

Your country/region

All EU, All international, England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales

The Scottish Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is led by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science which facilitates funding, training and support for doctoral students in the social sciences.

Background information

The University of Stirling is a member institution of the ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Partnership. The Scottish Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is led by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science which facilitates funding, training and support for doctoral students in the social sciences. The DTP offers a range of studentship awards each year for students to pursue research degrees. Successful students benefit from a high-value scholarship package, a wealth of supervisory expertise across the social sciences as well as numerous training and development opportunities.

Awards are allocated to particular pathways within the DTP, and each pathway represents particular disciplines and subject areas within the social sciences.  We recommend that you get in touch with the relevant Stirling pathway representative to discuss applying for ESRC funding early.  Awards are very competitive. You will need to identify a potential supervisor and discuss your proposal and application with them in the first instances.

Pathway representatives at Stirling (see table below) can help you identify a supervisor for your proposed research project. For more information about areas of research visit our research degree pages

We welcome applications in the following pathways. Information on all pathways can be found on the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science website.

ESRC DTC Pathway Pathway representative
Accounting, Finance, Business and Management (AFBM) Dr Dionysia Dionysiou
Economics and Social History Dr Alison Cathcart
Economics Dr Hector Rufrancos
Education Dr Gregory Mannion
Health, Families, Relationships and Demographic Change Dr Purva Abhyankar
Human Geography, Environment and Urban Planning Dr Tony Robertson
Psychology Dr Dimitrios Kourtis
Social Work and Social Policy Dr Sandra Engstrom
Socio-Legal Studies and Criminology Dr Diana Miranda
Sociology Dr Marina Shapira
Science, Technology and Innovation Studies and Information and Communication Studies  Professor Iain MacRury

Eligibility and availability

The competition is open to:

  • UK, EU and International Students who have completed (or expect to complete) a Masters qualification in a relevant discipline from a recognised institution (+3 award)
  • UK, EU and International Students planning to undertake such a Masters qualification followed by a doctorate degree (+3 award)

For more information on eligibility please visit Scottish Graduate School for Social Science.

How do I apply?

Applying to the ESRC-DTP studentship competition – please see the SGSSS website for details and dates for each of the various schemes available (open, Steers, collaborative)

  1. Contact the relevant pathway representative at Stirling
  2. Pathway reps will invite nominated applicants to submit to the SGSSS applications portal
  3. Nominated applicants must register with SGSSS
  4. Final submission of relevant application documents to the SGSSS portal
  5. Award decisions will be announced

Full details available on the SGSSS website.

Applying to the University of Stirling

Applications to the University of Stirling and to the ESRC-DTP studentship awards are submitted in parallel. You must apply to undertake either a Masters degree or relevant PhD programme at the University of Stirling and - if nominated - apply via the SGSSS processes described above in tandem.

Note: Only those candidates with an offer to study at Stirling can receive a studentship through the ESRC-DTP.

Contact us

If you have a query about your proposed PhD project, please contact either your relevant Pathway Representative (see table above) or

If you require support with your online application for a University place, you can contact