The distribution of studentships by discipline across the first cohort (2017) in both the Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) is detailed below:
|Area and Development Studies||38|
|Economic and Social History||19|
|Management and Business Studies||58|
|Politics and International Relations||70|
|Science and technology studies||21|
|Stats, Methods and Computing||15|
This data is based on the primary discipline but many of the studentships awarded are interdisciplinary.
We will regularly review demographic data to monitor the health of UK social sciences.
The ESRC Strategic Plan (2015) reiterates our core commitment to enhance social science capability and build capacity in priority areas. We have awarded additional studentships and applied a steer to DTPs considered strong in a priority area to ensure that capacity is built in them. These DTPs are required to allocate a minimum number of their studentships to these areas.
A steer has been applied in the following priority areas:
- Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM)
- Use of datasets
- Interdisciplinary research which straddles other research council remits
These have been initially set for the first three cohorts and will be reviewed as part of the mid-term review process for the DTPs.
We have also set a target for all DTPs and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) that at least 30% of each cohort should be engaged in some form of non-academic collaboration and that 50% of studentships are allocated on a four (or more) year basis.