Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

ESRC-funded scholarships at Nottingham

We are delighted to announce that October 2017 will see the first intake of the new Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership, which will see The University of Nottingham join forces with the Universities of Warwick, Birmingham, Loughborough, Aston and Leicester to deliver world-class Social Sciences doctoral training to students across the Midlands.

The call for Midlands Graduate School studentships to commence in October 2017 is expected to open at the end of October 2016. Please review this page regularly for updates, or join the mailing list to be notified when further news is available.


There will be 3 steps to applying for ESRC-funded studenthips in the new Doctoral Training Partnership:

1. Identify your chosen pathway and supervisors

The Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP will fund studentships via pathways. Pathways can map onto a single academic subject (e.g. geography), or be multi-disciplinary (e.g. mental health and wellbeing). You will need to state which pathway you are applying to on your application.

Not all partners in the DTP will offer supervision in every pathway. More information on this will follow shortly.

The Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP pathways are as follows:

1. Area Studies

2. Economics

3. Economic and Social History

4. Education

5. Human Geography

6. Applied Linguistics

    7. Management and Business Studies
    8. Political Science and International Relations
    9. Psychology
    10. Health and Wellbeing
      11. Social Policy and Social Work

12. Socio-Legal Studies

13. Sociology

14. Sport and Exercise Science

15. Communication and Media

16. Museum Studies

17. Interdiciplinary Methodologies and Digital Studies


2. Apply for admission to The University of Nottingham

Before you apply to the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP, you will need to have applied for a place to study from the school as part of the University's general application procedure.

Applications for admission 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 DTP. 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 Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP

Further information is expected to be available when the call for studentship applications opens at the end of October 2016.

Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

University Park

telephone: +44 (0) 115 748 4507