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ESRC Wales DTP PhD studentships in Social Sciences

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Key facts

Application deadline 1 February 2019
Start date 1 October 2019
Duration 3-4 years full-time or 5-7 years part-time
Funding body ESRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship

The School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship, available to start in October 2019.

We expect to make doctoral studentship awards in the areas of:

  • Criminology
  • Digital Economy and Society
  • Education
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work and Social Care
  • Sociology

The awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training Masters in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).


These studentships are "open" awards and the School welcomes proposals over a wide range of pathways. Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the School and to discuss their draft application. Information on the research interests of our staff can be found on the School's webpages. The convenor for each of the award pathways may be able to advise you. They are:


PhD and MPhil programmes

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered Access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), though an element of this latter fund may be 'pooled' and require separate applications from 2019 onwards. There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

ESRC studentships are highly competitive and candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree\; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award.

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency. If English is not your first language, you will need to have achieved at least an overall score of 7.0 in IELTS (or approved equivalent) by the start of the programme.

All study undertaken as part of the ESRC award must be carried out within the UK, except as part of overseas fieldwork which is an integral part of the study, conferences, or training. Students must be resident close to Cardiff University and maintain direct contact with the supervisors.


PhD and MPhil programmes

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences with an October 2019 start date.

A completed application form for admission to Doctor of Philosophy (Social Sciences) (October Start): submitted to the Academic Registry by the deadline of Friday 1 February 2019 by 12 noon.

PLEASE NOTE: A complete application, with supporting documentation must be submitted by no later than 01 February 2019 and that there will be no opportunity to submit further documentation following this deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application must contain the following documents:

  1. Covering letter: [to be uploaded to Personal Statement section]. Please address to Dr Teresa de Villiers, Director of Postgraduate Studies, setting out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University, School of Social Sciences\; your understanding and expectations of doctoral study and your academic interests generally, particularly of those relating to your proposed research. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please also specify which pathway you will be applying to and whether you wish to apply on a '+3' or '1+3' basis.
  2. Academic/Professional Qualifications and English Language Competency (where appropriate - proof of 7.0 IELTS minimum).
  3. References: All applications require two
  4. Curriculum Vitae: [to be uploaded to Professional Experience section section] This should be no longer than two pages.
  5. Research Proposal: (Please note the text box please state "See attached" as this cannot be left blank). The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1,000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:
  • Title, aims and purpose of the research
  • Brief overview of the academic literature relevant to your field
  • Proposed design/methods
  • Academic contributions of your research
  • Bibliographic references.

In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.

The closing deadline for applications is Friday 1 February 2018 at 12 noon. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place between Friday 22 February - Friday 1 March 2019. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. In most cases successful applicants can expect to hear by early-April 2019.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.


PhD and MPhil programmes

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Eligible research programmes