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University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

The University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership [DTP] is pleased to offer 33 studentships available for admission in October 2021, in the following broad areas of enquiry in the social sciences:

  • Sustainability, prosperity and wellbeing
  • Inequality, equity, justice, and economic growth
  • Conflict, culture, mobility and development
  • Emerging technologies, human behaviour and productivity
  • Cognition, behaviour, language and learning

You can find out more about potential projects on our website.

DTP students will acquire a unique set of skills that will equip them for high-profile careers as leading social scientists, in academia or in other government, industrial, commercial and third sector organisations, either in the UK or elsewhere.

Prospective DTP students are invited to develop a research proposal/project aligned with one or more of these broad themes in mind and they will pursue this through a base in one of our DTP Departments, but students will also have close ties to academics and other students in other disciplines and departments working within these thematic clusters. We are particularly keen to attract students who have cross-disciplinary interests and an appetite for engagement with non-academic collaborators, and those wishing to study part-time.

If you have sufficient prior training, e.g. a Master’s qualification and/or advanced training in social scientific methods, you may be able to start a three-year doctoral programme straight away (3 years in total); alternatively, you may be encouraged to complete a Master’s programme first, before moving on to your doctorate (4 years in total). Whatever your level of prior training, the DTP will offer additional opportunities to enhance your methodological and professional skills base.

A DTP studentship will cover fees and provide £15,285 p.a. in living costs (current rates). DTP students also receive a personal allowance for additional training costs, and can apply for further funding to pursue fieldwork, academic exchange, and collaboration with non-academic partner organisations.

UKRI have confirmed that international students (EU and non-EU) will be eligible to apply for UKRI-funded postgraduate studentships starting in the 2021/22 academic year.

You can find out more about the DTP on our website, and read about some of the opportunities that will be available to you.

What to do next

Please contact one of our DTP Departments to discuss your interest in a DTP studentship and to find out more about the supervision and training on offer.

AAll DTP applicants follow the University’s standard admission process. Please go to our Postgraduate Admissions Portal to start your application for a PhD course in your chosen Department.

Please check with the relevant Department the deadline for application.


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