Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Funding opportunities

The Call for Applications for October 2016 entry is now CLOSED.

The deadline for applications was noon, Friday 19th February 2016. Further information regarding recruitment for October 2017 entry will be available here as soon as it is known - expected September/October 2016. Please check back regularly for updates.


There are 3 steps for applying for an ESRC-funded studentship:

1. Identify your chosen pathway and supervisors

The Nottingham ESRC DTC funds studentships located in various pathways. Pathways can map onto a single academic subject (e.g. geography), or be multi-disciplinary (e.g. mental health and wellbeing). Please read through the information for the potential pathway you are interested in (links below), and identify a potential supervisor or supervisors for your project.

You may also find it helpful to talk to a cluster academic contact, or school/cluster administrative contact from your subject area to help put you in touch with the right person.

The Nottingham ESRC DTC is able to fund research students in the following areas:


2. Apply for admission to The University of Nottingham

Before you apply to the Nottingham ESRC DTC, you will need to have applied for a place to study from the school and provided two academic references as part of the University's general application procedure.

Applications for admission to Nottingham are usually student led. This means you are expected to come up with an idea of what you want to do for your PhD (which you set out in your research proposal), rather than being given a topic to study by your supervisor.

A Masters is not a prerequisite for studying at the Nottingham DTC. A range of training programmes are available based on an assessment of the applicant's prior learning and training needs. All studentships can be offered on a full or part time basis.

The main part of the studentships application form will be the research proposal. It is therefore very important that you identify a potential supervisor within the relevant school to discuss and agree your proposal in advance of applying.


3. Apply for funding from the Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Your completed application should be submitted to the School funding contact listed for each research theme/cluster supported by the Nottingham ESRC DTC.

Note that some Schools and Departments set their own internal deadlines ahead of the main DTC deadline. This is why it's imperative that you make contact with your chosen School/Department in good time.

Please note this scheme is restricted to Home/EU students only, with the exception of Economics, which is open to applications from international students.


Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

University Park

telephone: +44 (0) 115 748 4507