The Economic and Social Research Council is the UK’s largest funding agency for research and postgraduate training relating to social and economic issues. 

The University of Leeds is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), forming a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull and Manchester Metropolitan and through this is able to offer a range of ESRC Postgraduate Studentships.  These studentships are available in named Thematic Interdisciplinary Training Pathways on either a 1+3 or +3 basis, depending on the level of research training already achieved.

A full list of the Thematic Interdisciplinary Training Pathways can be found at: 

A description of the various schemes can be found at:

1+3 Studentships an integrated Masters programme precedes the 3 year PhD, which will deliver the core training requirements eg MA Social Research (Interdisciplinary).

+3 Studentships – 3-year PhD (assumes that a student has already met the majority of the core training requirements or that the PhD focus is largely on more advanced training).

ESRC WRDTP Application Procedure

Stage 1 - first of all apply for a research place of study by completing a study application form at and once you have received your 9 digit student ID number move onto Stage 2.

Stage 2 - apply for a studentship by working your way through the questions on this form. You will be asked to answer on the following:

POINTS TO NOTE when completing the studentship application:

  • You should only submit ONE form (unless you are applying to more than one School or applying for different schemes). If you complete this form multiple times, only the most recently submitted form will be considered.
  • If you submit the form after the Studentship deadline it will be rejected.
  • You can save the form at any time and log in later to complete the application.
  • If you have applied to study a PhD in two schools eg School of Law and School of Education and wish to apply for studentships in both of these schools, you will need to submit a separate application form, naming the different Schools. PLEASE NOTEthat although you can submit applications for the same award in more than one School, if you are selected by more than one School for the same award, you will be asked to choose your preferred School, as only one nomination can be sent forward for consideration for any one type of studentship. 

Applications submitted after a studentship's closing deadline will not be considered.

Email if you require technical support in completing this application. No advice can be provided regarding content.

Personal information supplied on your application will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and from the 25 May 2018, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation.  

The information you provide is used for your application for a postgraduate scholarship with the University of Leeds and will not be shared (other than with any joint sponsor of the scholarship) or sold to any third party. We will also use the data for statistical purposes and marketing intelligence.

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