PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is under review and will be updated for the 2017 studentship competition.

You will find on this page infomation concerning the application process, important deadlines and application forms. Please note this process is for the Open and AQM Competitions.

Detailed Guidelines on each competition can be found here.

Application Process

You should start by securing a place in a PhD programme. To apply for ESRC funding, you must hold a conditional or unconditional PhD offer from a programme at one of our eligible institutions. You should approach potential supervisors and discuss your research proposal indicating that you wish to apply for an ESRC studentship. 
Register on SGSSS Portal by 5 February 2016. Once nominated, your Pathway Representative will provide you with the link to register on the SGSSS Portal. Be ready to submit the following information: your and your supervisor's contact details; information regarding nationality and residency; the name of your institution and pathway you are applying to; contact details of 2 academic references (name, organisation, phone number, and email address). 
Referees will be contacted separately by the SGSSS. We will upload both letters of reference to your application by the 17 February 2015.

Application Documents 

Your ESRC application should include the following documents:

PLEASE DO NOT email these forms to SGSSS: we are only able to accept applications through the SGSSS portal, to which access will only be given once you have been nominated by your institution. Your first step should always be to contact your pathway representative.