Am I eligible for an ESRC studentship?

We base eligibility for studentships on academic and residential eligibility criteria. Our Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) will determine an applicant's eligibility to apply. If you have any questions about eligibility, please speak to the relevant DTP or CDT contact.

Academic conditions

In order to receive ESRC studentship funding you must have qualifications/experience equal to the standard of a good honours degree at a first or upper second class level or a masters from a UK academic research organisation.

Degree qualifications gained from outside the UK, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience that is equivalent to a relevant UK degree, may be accepted.

Residential eligibility criteria

UKRI have opened up UKRI studentships to international students from AY 2021/22.  All students will receive a full award, to include a stipend and fees at the home level.   Fees-only awards will no longer be an option. All UKRI studentships must be opened up to both home and international students. UKRI will normally limit the proportion of international students appointed each year through individual doctoral training programmes to 30 percent of the total.

To be classed as a home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they would be classed as an International student.

You should refer to the UKRI terms and conditions of training grants for full details.

How do I apply for an ESRC studentship?

We provide funding through our network of 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and two Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs).

We do not provide funding to students directly. Studentships can only be held on accredited pathways within a DTP or CDT.

Prospective students must apply directly to a DTP or CDT in order to secure an ESRC studentship and they will decide which students are eligible for funding.

DTPs and CDTs have strict internal processes for selecting students and must abide by UK Government regulations in determining residential eligibility. As such, students should contact the DTP or CDT at the earliest opportunity.

When is the closing date for applications?

Individual DTPs and CDTs have their own closing dates. Prospective students should contact directly the DTP or CDT they wish to apply to for further information on the application process, including the closing date for applications.