The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership is pleased to announce 13 fully funded ‘Collaborative PhD Awards’ starting September/October 2017.
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The above link directs students, who are currently funded by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) at the University of Leeds, University of Sheffield and University of York and who commenced their studies between October 2011 and October 2016, to information about their award and additional funding schemes available to them.
The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership, 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 DTP is offering a range of social sciences PhD Studentships starting in September/October 2017.
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 1 February 2017:
The deadline for academic colleagues to submit a proposal for the following WRDTC ESRC Awards is 30 January 2017:
The seven Universities of WRDTP offer 3 and 4 year programmes of full-time study leading to the award of a PhD (part-time versions of both are also available). PhD students are based within the Department of their primary supervisor, and in addition to one-to-one support with their supervisory team, are able to access a range of training provided by their Departments, Schools, Faculties, their University, and the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (drawing on a network of Universities within the region). This ensure that the PhD study not only involves detailed, original research in an area of social science, but also provides doctoral students with wider skills and methods training that support them in the transition to employment within a postdoctoral research position, either within academia or beyond.
The 4-year PhD programmes, called 1+3, combine comprehensive research training in social sciences with the pursuit of an original research topic. The first year of these programmes is provided through an MA Social Research framework. This introduces students to research design, quantitative and qualitative methods, develops their professional skills, and allows them to take specialist and advanced subject-based courses in the field of their research topics. Students then work on their own research projects, alongside ongoing advanced training which is undertaken across the period of their doctoral studies.
The 3-year PhD programmes, called +3, are aimed at students who already have significant social science research experience. They are able to extend their existing training through taking modules in four key areas:
The individual Universities and Departments should be consulted directly for the range of doctoral provision that they offer.
Students do not apply to the DTP 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 then submit an application for a research degree programme (and Masters programme if applying via the 1+3 route) and also how to apply for an ESRC DTP PhD studentship/award.
Applicants applying for a +3 award must demonstrate that they have already completed the full social sciences research methods training requirements at masters level. i.e. to be eligible for a +3 award, the student must demonstrate that they have already completed substantial social sciences training in research methods which would enable them to undertake an independent research project in a particular discipline or interdisciplinary field. A candidate must have at least 60 credits at M level of core social sciences research methods training acquired in the last five years. This must include a broad range of methods, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods and the use of appropriate software/tools for their application, and comprehension of principles of research design and strategy, and an appreciation of alternative approaches to research. For more details on +3 eligibility see the FAQs above.