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ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership


Funded PhD


3 or 4 years (full-time), 6 or 8 years (part-time)

Application deadline:


About this project

The University of Hull is a member of the prestigious Economic and Social Research Council White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. We are looking for talented students to join us for a world-class start to your research career by doing a funded social science research degree at Hull.

This innovative Doctoral Training Partnership is a collaboration between the leading social science departments in the Universities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and York.

The partnership distributes funded PhD places to excellent students to train and nurture the next generation of world-class social science researchers with outstanding skills and potential. It is funded and accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of the national research funding body: UKRI.

Sorry, applications for this scholarship are currently closed. Please check back for information on how to apply for September 2022 entry from Summer 2021.

What we offer

There are two types of fully-funded PhD studentships available for full or part-time study in three of our leading social science departments: Geography, Geology and Environment, History and Psychology. The two routes are:

4-year programme (referred to as a 1+3 programme).

Your first year on this programme will be the Taught Masters (MSc) in Social Sciences. This will introduce you to social science research design, to quantitative and qualitative methods, and ways to develop your professional skills. The second year onwards is the PhD degree, which involves developing, undertaking and completing a PhD on your own research design, alongside ongoing research training.

3-year programme (referred to as +3).

This programme is a three-year PhD only. To qualify for this route you will need to have a Masters degree already that meets the requirements regarding social science methods training, or to be able to demonstrate significant social sciences research training skills and experience equivalent to a Masters degree.

In addition to the Pathway awards, the WRDTP is also offering 4 funded Advanced Quantitative Methods Awards. Priority will be given to those who will be working with large data sets (an ESRC priority).

Research pathways

To apply for a White Rose studentship, first of all you need contact the lead academic for the Pathway you are interested in. See below.

Before you apply, it is vital that you identify a suitable prospective supervisor. You will need to work closely with them to develop a research proposal between now and the application deadline. The research proposal must fit within one of the research pathways below. Further details on the five research pathways can be found here.


As a postgraduate researcher at Hull, you will be part of our ambition to be at the forefront of new developments in Social Sciences research. This is a hugely important area of research for us, so you will receive all the support you need to develop your talent, your research skills and your career.

You will be part of the ESRC White Rose community – a vibrant and growing collective of social science researchers. There will be opportunities to network with colleagues at the other WRDTP universities, as well as attending a range of training, conference and development activities run by the White Rose Consortium.


This scholarship includes the following:

  • the standard UK/EU tuition fees for a 1+3 or +3 programme
  • an annual, tax-free maintenance grant (stipend) at the standard UK research rate (£15,285 in 2020-21) set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • access to Research Training Support Grant funds to support conference and other expenses
  • students may apply for additional funding to support overseas fieldwork, language training and overseas institutional visits, but must include these plans and their costs in their application.

Ringfenced awards for Black British students

The WRDTP in partnership with the Stuart Hall Foundation has ringfenced two Pathway studentships for Black British students. Historical structural inequalities in education have resulted in the under-representation of BME communities in academia. The WRDTP is keen to start addressing these issues through this partnership. Find out more.

To find out more about how the studentships detailed above work, visit the White Rose DTP webpages.

Entry requirements

The WRDTP awards scholarships to students who can demonstrate consistently high academic performance. Students must have a good honours degree at first-class or upper second-class level (with strong elements of the degree at first class). Other relevant education, training or experience in other sectors may also be helpful.

If you are applying for a +3 award (i.e. just the PhD), you must be able to demonstrate that you have completed substantial social sciences training in research methods.

EU candidates who have settled, pre-settled (meeting residency requirements) or Indefinite Leave to Remain will need to provide evidence of their status when applying.

Under new UKRI funding rules, international students are now eligible to apply for these scholarships.

Further details about the ESRC’s eligibility for funding can be found on the ESRC website.


Apply now

Sorry, applications for this scholarship are currently closed. Please check back for information on how to apply for Summer 2021.