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The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP)is a regional consortium of seven universities with social science research excellence and involves the universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York as well as Bradford, Hull, Manchester Metropolitan and Sheffield Hallam.

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.


The WRDTP supports a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship, promotes and rewards excellence, and research training is delivered through seven Thematic Interdisciplinary Training Pathways:

  1. Cities, Environment, and Liveability (CEL)
  2. Security, Conflict, and Justice (SCJ)
  3. Education, Childhood, and Youth (ECY)
  4. Data, Communication, and New Technologies (DCT)
  5. Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (WHC)
  6. Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity (SMP)
  7. Civil Society, Development, and Democracy (CDD)

The WRDTP has been accredited by the ESRC to offer PhD scholarships across a range of schemes, starting in September/October 2023.

The WRDTP now invites applications for:

  1. An ESRC WRDTP / ADR UK Award, focused on quantitative research using linked administrative data, based in the Department of Economics at the University of Sheffield.
  2. Ten ESRC WRDTP Collaborative Awards with a variety of non-HEI partners:
Project Title University
Just restorative pathways for rural landscapes and livelihoods University of Leeds
Debt by Design: Universal Credit, Deductions and Administrative Justice University of York
New technologies, travel modes and passenger needs: understanding and predicting the future of rail travel University of Leeds
Co-designing mental health services: An evaluation of the experiences of Black and Asian Communities in Bradford and its impact on their care University of Bradford
Challenges to Peacebuilding in a Changing World University of York
Sex work, digital rights and freedoms: Creating safer online working environments across Europe University of Sheffield
Measuring life quality from digital footprints for informed policy decision making University of Leeds
Urban redevelopment for whom? Developing practice-based knowledge for inclusive market redevelopment schemes University of Leeds
Understanding the legacies of resident-led community regeneration in deprived neighbourhoods Sheffield Hallam University
Improving maths achievement in children with speech, language, and communication needs (SLCN) through ‘collaborative vocabulary teaching’ University of York

How to apply

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


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