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NINE DTP Doctoral Competition

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ESRC Doctoral Studentship. Deadline 12 January 2018

We are seeking applications from outstanding doctoral candidates ESRC funded studentships in Social Sciences at Ulster University. Part-time studentships are also available. Please refer to for eligibility criteria.

We are particularly interested in applications pertaining to our core areas of expertise: Health, Well-being and Society; Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work; Law; Conflict, Security and Justice, Politics, and Management, Business and Economics. All interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the ESRC DTP lead, Dr Markus Ketola ([email protected]) in the first instance.

The ESRC studentship covers fees and a tax-free maintenance stipend (worth £14,553 in 2017-2018). Additional funding is available for fieldwork and research activity, and candidates benefit from access to a wide range of training offerings across the NINE Doctoral Training Partnership institutions.

We carry out world-leading research which is not only of outstanding academic quality but also had a direct impact on the policy-making process. Ulster University is Northern Ireland's civic university, which means that doctoral candidates can expect to join a research culture that is aligned closely to the wellbeing of communities.

For more information on the studentships please visit Ulster University's Doctoral College as well as the NINE DTP website


The Northern Ireland and North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership is an ESRC‐funded consortium of seven universities delivering postgraduate social science training in two UK regions. It comprises Durham University (DU), Newcastle University (NU), Northumbria University (UNN), Teesside University (TU), University of Sunderland (SU), Queen's University Belfast (QUB) and Ulster University (UU).

NINE DTP has more than 50 fully funded postgraduate studentships to award to students commencing their postgraduate studies from October 2018

The studentships that can be applied through Ulster University are:

+3 Year Studentships for students who have already completed, or will have completed by the commencement of their PhD, a Masters that included 60 credits or more of core research methods training.

+3.5 Year Studentships for students who have completed, or will have completed by the commencement of their PhD, a Masters in a relevant discipline, but who have not completed or will not successfully complete 60 credits or more of core research methods training. Students selected for these awards will also be registered on and required to complete a 60‐credit Research Training Certificate during their first year of study, but receive an additional six (6) months funding in support of this.

Eligibility Criteria 

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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