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WRDTP ESRC Studentships - School of Management PhD Scholarships

Full-time: available
Part-time: available
Prospective PG students (inc. current UG): available
Current PG students: not available
Entry year: 2017/18
Undergraduate: not available
Postgraduate taught: not available
Postgraduate research: available
Application deadline: 1 February 2017

About the scholarship

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's largest funding agency for research and postgraduate training relating to social and economic issues. At any one time, the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and research policy institutes.

The University of Bradford is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) - a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull and Manchester Metropolitan University - and through this is able to offer a range of ESRC Postgraduate Scholarships.

Eligibility criteria

School of Management PhD students only.

ESRC-funded postgraduates follow a 3-year PhD programme (known as a '+3') or a 4-year programme consisting of a Master's plus PhD (known as a '1+3')

The type of ESRC scholarship awarded is based on an applicant's residency status. UK and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least three years immediately preceding the start of their course are eligible for the full scholarship. This pays:

  • the standard UK/EU tuition fees
  • an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard UK research rate (£14,496 in 2017-18)
  • 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.

UK and EU applicants who have not been resident in the UK for three years immediately preceding the start of their course may be eligible for a fees-only award, paying the standard UK/EU tuition fees only.

International students are not normally eligible for ESRC scholarships. However, ESRC have relaxed the residency eligibility rules in the strategic areas of Economics and Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM). This means that UK, EU and international applicants wishing to study in these areas may apply for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. Please contact for more information.

For 1+3 and +3 awards, applicants must hold at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent (a less than sufficient undergraduate degree may be enhanced, e.g. by a Master's degree).

Applicants applying for a +3 award must demonstrate that they have already completed the full research training requirements either through a Master's degree or equivalent experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the University's English Language requirements.

Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Bradford whilst in receipt of the Studentship (except for time spent on agreed fieldwork).

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

Applicable courses

The University is a member of two WRDTP interdisciplinary thematic training pathways - Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (related to the Born in Bradford project) and Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity (situated in the University of Bradford School of Management).

Potential applicants will therefore be researching in one of these areas and should contact Neil Turner, Postgraduate Research Admissions Officer on or Professor Neil Small, ( for information about the Born in Bradford project.

Eligible countries

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus (European Union)
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland, the Republic of
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Scotland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Wales

Payment amount & frequency

ESRC funding commences on 1 October each academic year.

How to apply

Applications for 2017/2018 entry will reopen in November 2016 with a closing date of Wednesday 1 February 2017 at 17.00.

Applications for Scholarship Consideration at the University of Bradford should be made via

Closing date: 1 February 2017.

Find out more

Further information and updated FAQs will be available on the Studentships page of current White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Website shortly.

If you have any queries about the ESRC White Rose DTC Scholarships please see the DTC website or email

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