Doctoral Studentships in Humanities and Social Science, 2017


March 22, 2017


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This scheme enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:Postgraduate
Level of funding:Stipend, research expenses and tuition fees
Duration of funding:Usually 3 years

Eligibility and suitability

Who can apply

You can apply for a Doctoral Studentship if you want to complete a period of doctoral research leading to a PhD in any humanities or social science area.

You must have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country.

You should usually hold, or expect to hold, a relevant Master's degree.

Go to the World Bank website (opens in a new tab) to see a list of low- and middle-income countries.

Who can't apply

You can't apply if:

  • you've received support for your doctoral studies from another funding body
  • you're registered for a research degree.

If you've already been unsuccessful with a full application for this scheme, please contact us before you apply again.

Other schemes

Research Awards for Health Professionals

Offering practising health professionals the opportunity to carry out humanities or social science research, in any area of health.
Full details of Research Awards for Health Professionals

What we offer

A Doctoral Studentship is usually for three years, although we consider requests to undertake PhDs on a part-time basis. Support includes:

  • a studentship stipend
  • approved tuition fees, according to the rate charged by the training organisation
  • a contribution of up to £1,500 towards the costs of attending academic meetings and conferences, including registration fees
  • we'll provide up to £1,500 for research expenses including the cost of overseas fieldwork if you can justify it. You can ask for:
    • travel and subsistence
    • overseas allowances
    • Flexible Funding Allowance
    • inflation allowance
    • other costs

What we don’t offer

We don't fund on a proportion of full economic costs in UK universities.

How to apply

You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT) which can be found in the "Further official information" below.

Stages of application

1. Submit your full application

View a sample full application form for Doctoral Studentships [PDF 1.5MB].

2. Review

The Medical Humanities Early Career Expert Review Group or the Society and Ethics Early Career Expert Review Group will review your application, depending on the area of your proposed research.

3. Decision

We'll tell you our decision by the end of July.


We consider applications once a year.

2017 round

  • Application deadline
    22 March 2017

For the online application click "Further official information" below

Eligible Countries
Host Country
Study Levels
Publish Date
August 09, 2016
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