At a glance

ESRC grants are available for students who:

  • meet the residency criteria (EU or UK residency, see below for details)
  • hold or are predicted to get a First class or good 2.1 degree         
  • have been nominated by one of the ESRC eligible institutions
  • hold a conditional or unconditional offer of a place in a relevant discipline on a PhD programme at an eligible institution 

Eligibility in more detail 

SGSSS funds postgraduate students with outstanding academic backgrounds and research potential. All applicants are expected to meet the ESRC Eligilibity criteria summarized in the ESRC Funding Guide. Applicants must hold or be predicted a First or a good 2:1 undergraduate degree in the social sciences, or have relevant comparable experience. Additionally, if you are applying for a +3 award then you must also hold or be completing a Masters degree in the social sciences, which includes at least 60 credits of appropriate research methods training.

An applicant must be a United Kingdom citizen or be a resident of another European Union country in all subject areas, except in Economics. European Union applicants who have not been resident in the UK for the last three (3) years before the start of their studentship are only eligible for a fees-only award. Economics studentships are open to all students regardless of their nationality. 

SGSSS welcomes applications from full-time PhD students in their first year of study, or part-time PhD students in their second year. However if you will have completed more than one full year's study or equivalent, we regard you as having completed a substantial proportion of a PhD and you are therefore no longer eligible to apply for funding through us.

Part-time scholarships are not available to applicants who intend to be in full-time employment.