We are committed to delivering excellence in postgraduate training and supporting the development of highly capable and innovative researchers for a wide range of careers. Building capability is one of the four key areas of activity set out in our Strategic Plan 2015 and our postgraduate training strategy 2017-2023 is central to our delivery of this.

In 2010 the ESRC established a national network of 21 institutional and consortia level Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) through which we delivered our funding for postgraduate training from October 2011 to September 2017. The 2014 independent evaluation of the DTC network showed that the DTCs had been successful in equipping cohorts of social science postgraduates with skills of excellence, in research and other key areas.

We wanted to build on this approach and we now support a network of Doctoral Training Partnerships, which in turn will each support six cohorts of students and these commenced in October 2017.

To support our postgraduate training strategy 2017-2023 we have published a new set of Postgraduate Training and Development Guidelines which set out our detailed expectations for research training.

Further details about the terms and conditions of studentship funding can be found in our Postgraduate Funding Guide.