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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 at least 33 studentships for admission in October 2023, 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

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. 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 (three years in total); alternatively, you may be encouraged to complete a Master’s programme first, before moving on to your doctorate (four years in total). Whatever your level of prior training, the DTP will offer additional opportunities to enhance your methodological and professional skills base./p>

What a studentship covers:

A DTP studentship will cover Home rate fees and provide £16,062p.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.

International students (both EU and non-EU) are eligible to apply for UKRI-funded postgraduate studentships.

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

You can find out more about the Cambridge graduate admissions process via the Open Day website: Postgraduate Open Day | Postgraduate Admissions (

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.

All DTP applicants follow the University’s standard admission process. Please go to the University’s Postgraduate Admissions website to start your application for an MPhil programme in your preferred Department.

Please check with the relevant Department on their deadline for applications.

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