On this page you will find information concerning the application process, important deadlines and application forms. Please note this process is for the Student-led Open Competition only.

Application Process

Step One: PhD offer

You should start by contacting the institution within which you wish to study and finding out whether that institution requires you to have secured a conditional offer before applying for an ESRC studentship. The list of institutions able to offer studentships within different pathways can be found here: eligible institutions.  You should approach potential supervisors and discuss your research proposal indicating that you wish to apply for an ESRC studentship and find out what internal deadlines exist. 

Step Two: Eligibility

Consider the ESRC eligibility requirements. The ESRC requires that all funded students meet both the academic and residential criteria. You can find out more about the eligibility requirements here.

Step Three: Contact Your Pathway Representative

Contact your Pathway Representative. Contact your chosen university’s Pathway Representative and indicate that you are interested in putting forward an application to the SGSSS ESRC Studentship Competition. Your Pathway Representative will help to confirm your eligibility and advise you on your application.

Step Four: Nomination

Secure a nomination. To be considered for a scholarship, you must be nominated by your Pathway Representative. Each Pathway Representative nominates only a small number of ESRC applicants for the competition. Applications from students who have not been nominated will not be considered. Please note Partner universities set their own internal deadlines and procedures for nomination. You should contact your Pathway Representative as soon as possible for information concerning internal deadlines. If you are selected then SGSSS will inform you directly of your nomination and send you a link to the portal by 7 February 2018.

Step Five: Registration

Register on SGSSS Portal by 9 February 2018. 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 through the SGSSS portal. Your referee should upload their reference letter by 12 February 2018.

Step Six: Submission

Submit your application documents on the SGSSS Portal by 12 February 2018. Once you have registered and your nomination has been confirmed by the SGSSS, you will be able to upload your application documents to the portal. You should include research proposal form; curriculum vitae; degree transcripts, and supporting statement from your proposed supervisor.

Step Seven: Award Decision

SGSSS works together with its member Universities to rank all applicants and allocate studentships to the best candidates. We will review your application in two stages and make a decision concerning allocation of the awards. In the first stage your application will be reviewed by your pathway and those applications selected to move forward to stage two will be reviewed by reviewers outside your pathway. The SGSSS will inform you after each stage whether your application has been successful. Studentships will be awarded by 9 May 2018.

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. 

Last updated 5 Feb 2018 2:32pm