Funding support

As well as benefitting from one of more than 35 studentships available each year, our scholars have access to a wide range of additional opportunites for the duration of their studentships, irrespective of award length or type. These pages tell you more about this funding.

Types of award

Studentship awards are either:

  • Full Awards, which cover (for the duration of the funded period of a studentship):
     
    • Maintenance stipend of £14,553 per year (2017-18 rate, paid in quarterly instalments) (for part-time students, the annual stipend rate is paid at 50% of the full-time rate);
    • University tuition fees: Fully covered by both the ESRC and your pathway/department;
    • College fees (only relevant for Oxford students): Fully covered by your department.
  • Fees-only Awards, which do not provide a maintenance stipend, but do cover (for the duration of the funded period of a studentship):
     
    • University tuition fees: Fully covered by both the ESRC and your pathway/department;
    • College fees (only relevant for Oxford students): Fully covered by your department.

Please note that the award type that is offered to a student is determined by whether a given student satisfies the ESRC's residential eligility criteria. Please see the eligibility page for further information.

In addition to the above, as a Grand Union scholar, you are able to apply for specific funding to support your research activities and development during your funded period, including the Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), the overseas fieldwork expenses scheme, extensions for difficult language training, and support for internships through either the Research Councils UK (RCUK) policy internships scheme or the DTP's own internship support schemes. Please use the menu to the left to find out more about these additional opportunities for award holders.

Four of the studentships on offer will be Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) studentships, which are available on any pathway for students pursuing quantitative research designs and approaches deemed 'advanced' within their own field.

Progression requirements

If at any point during the Master’s or PhD/DPhil studies a student is not considered to be of the required standard to complete the PhD/DPhil, the studentship will be withdrawn. For students awarded a Masters plus PhD/DPhil funding package (i.e. 1+3, 2+2, 1+2, 2+3), please be aware that progression from the Masters phase, whether MSc, MSt or MPhil, to a PhD/DPhil programme, is not automatic – students are required to apply for readmission, normally by the relevant January deadline for your intended PhD DPhil programme in the year preceding the start date of your PhD/DPhil. Your readmission application will be assessed competitively and treated in exactly the same way as all other applications. Please note that you will be required to meet the departmental/Faculty published admissions selection criteria for the programme and any/all conditions specified in the PhD/DPhil offer letter before having your place confirmed. For further information, please see the graduate admissions pages at the institution at which you will undertake your PhD/DPhil studies. Please note that in order for the continuation of your studentship to proceed after the Masters phase of your studentship, you must apply to a PhD/DPhil programme that is a valid route that can be taken in accordance with the ESRC-accredited training pathway upon which your studentship commenced.

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