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The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council in 2016, is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan.

The WRDTP builds on the success of the White Rose DTC universities of Sheffield, York and Leeds by bringing in the social sciences research excellence of the Universities of 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, promoting and rewarding 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 DTP is offering a range of social sciences PhD Studentships starting in September/October 2021. Further information can be found here.

The awards on offer are either/or:

  • +3 programme: funding for a three-year PhD (assumes that a student has already met the majority of the core social sciences research methods training requirements and that the PhD focus is largely on more advanced training)
  • 1+3 programme: an integrated Masters programme precedes the three-year PhD which will deliver the core social sciences research methods training requirements (e.g. MA Social Research)

ALL awards are available for study part-time.

The deadline for candidates to apply for the following WRDTP ESRC Awards is 27 January 2021.

  • WRDTP Pathway Awards
  • WRDTP Interdisciplinary Research Awards
  • WRDTP Ring-fenced Pathway Awards for Black British Students, in conjunction with the Stuart Hall Foundation
  • WRDTP Advanced Quantitative Methods Awards


Students do not apply to the WRDTP directly. All applicants MUST first contact the relevant school/department at the University in which they wish to study to be advised on how to submit an application for a research degree programme (and Masters programme if applying via the 1+3 route) and an ESRC DTP PhD studentship award.

For more details on the number of awards, eligibility criteria, how to apply and the application timeline, visit our website, or contact us via email at


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