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The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and York.

The WRDTP delivers excellent supervision, first class discipline and cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and transferable skills training, and a world-class intellectual environment for postgraduate research students. It enables PhD students to participate in local, national and international networks of non-academic partners, opinion formers, policy makers, as well as leading academics. The WRDTP aims to produce doctoral graduates with outstanding skills and flexibility, with the imagination to tackle the thorniest challenges confronting the social sciences.

Research training is delivered through seven Thematic Interdisciplinary Training Pathways:

  1. Civil Society, Development and Democracy (CDD)
  2. Digital Technologies, Communication and Artificial Intelligence (DCA)
  3. Education, Childhood, And Youth (ECY)
  4. Security, Conflict and Justice (SCJ)
  5. Space, Place, Environment and Liveability (SPEL)
  6. Sustainable Growth, Business, Work and Economic Productivity (SBE)
  7. Wellbeing, Health, And Communities (WHC)

The WRDTP has been accredited by the ESRC to offer PhD scholarships across a range of schemes, starting in September/October 2024.

We now invite applications for seven ESRC WRDTP Collaborative Awards with a variety of non-HEI partners:

Project title: Shaping the Future: Bradford young people’s engagement with the future through action in the present

University: University of Leeds

Project title: Gypsies and Travellers and the harms of planning: counter-mapping, oral histories and housing justice

University: University of Sheffield

Project title: Investigating the long-term reintegration of people with lived experience of human trafficking and modern slavery

University: University of Hull

Project title: Racially minoritised children’s lived experiences of the use of out of court disposals in the Youth Justice System

University: Manchester Metropolitan University

Project title: Alcohol, Offending and Strong-Arm Sobriety: A Qualitative Longitudinal Study of Alcohol Treatment Requirements

University: University of Leeds

Project title: Probation and Partnership-Working: Experiences of Desistance from Crime in Activity Hubs

University: University of Leeds

Project title: Socio-ecological research to understand the potential impacts of alternative protein sources in the UK and Europe

University: University of Leeds


If you are interested in applying for a WRDTP studentship, please refer to the WRDTP website for further details.

Each project listing will feature a named contact for enquiries relating to the studentship opportunity, details on how to apply, and any important deadlines/processes that you should adhere to.

For additional guidance, please contact