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ESRC West Midlands Doctoral Training Programme: Fully funded studentships - Social Policy and Social Work pathway

School of Social Policy

About the Project

The School of Social Policy is supporting applications for ESRC-funded studentships from the Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) to the Social Policy and Social Work pathway.

The School of Social Policy mission is ‘to understand the world – but also to change it’. This means carrying out high quality and relevant research, but then using this as a starting point for making a practical difference in the real world through our teaching, our professional training, our policy advice and our work with local communities, the public and the media. More information about our research can be found here:

ESRC Studentships will cover your fees for 3 years full time (or 6 years part time), plus some research and training expenses. In addition, you will receive a stipend at ESRC rates unless you have a fees-only award (available to EU applicants). The ESRC awards require that you have completed a Masters in Social Research and you can apply for a 1+3 scholarship, which includes a Masters year, prior to commencing the PhD. The competition for studentships commencing in October 2021 is now open, with a deadline of Tuesday 26 January 2021 (23:59 GMT).

Expressions of interest should be made as soon as possible. You should make initial contact with the School. Feel free to approach specific academics directly to enquire whether they would be willing and able to supervise you, but please also inform the School PGR team that you are planning to make an application so that they can support the process. You should include in your email:

- a short covering letter providing information about your background, qualifications and motivation for undertaking a PhD
- a research proposal of approximately 1000 words including a brief summary of the existing literature and potential gaps in knowledge, the research questions, and an outline of the methods that you might use to answer these questions.

Please note, in addition to this email, you should prepare an application via the University’s application system to the relevant PhD programme:

Please see the ESRC West Midlands DTP website for further details:

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