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ESRC PhD Scholarships - Department of Economics - closes Wednesday 9 January 2019

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Profile Description

The Department of Economics at the University of Sheffield has an international reputation for practical and real world economics. We are a leading research University and economics department and our academic staff are among the top economic experts in their field.

Students that study a PhD with us receive excellent academic support, in a friendly, vibrant research environment with excellent facilities. 94% of our PhD students were satisfied with their training in the 2017 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey.

We are part of the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP). The partnership provides research students with a world-class environment to develop their discipline specific and interdisciplinary research skills. 


The Department of Economics at the University of Sheffield is looking for talented graduates or postgraduates for fully funded 3-year Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) PhD scholarships starting in October 2019.

Scholarships are available through the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership competition (particularly Pathway Awards and Advanced Quantitative Methods Awards).

We strongly encourage PhD applications linked to the broad White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership themes:

  • Cities, Environment and Liveability
  • Civil Society, Development and Democracy
  • Data, Communication and New Technologies
  • Education, Childhood and Youth
  • Security, Conflict and Justice
  • Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity
  • Wellbeing, Health and Communities

Scholarships cover tuition fees, an annual stipend of £14,777, have their fees paid and a research training grant.

International students from outside of the EU are welcome to apply, however there are fewer funding opportunities available.

These are competitive opportunities based on your application and thesis proposal.

  • Most ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships are open to UK and EU applicants. There are limited opportunities for overseas students on specific schemes (e.g. the White Rose DTP Advanced Quantitative Methods scheme).
  • Applicants should normally have, or expect to obtain, a masters degree in an appropriate subject (with good passes across modules) and also have an upper second or first class honours degree in an appropriate subject. A strong economics background is essential.
  • A high standard of spoken and written English.

How to apply

To apply for the scholarship candidates should complete an application form for admission as a PhD student through the University of Sheffield website.

Postgraduate online application form

Applications should include a CV including academic record (max. 2 pages); supporting statement (max. 2 pages); academic transcripts; two references; and a research proposal.

Find out more

Find out more about the ESRC PhD scholarships

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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