Economic and Social Research Council Scholarship 2017, University of Manchester, UK

Publish Date: Dec 08, 2016

Deadline: Jan 03, 2017


  • Tuition fees paid plus annual maintenance grant of approximately £14,296 per annum as paid in 2016/17. Students opting to study part time will receive a pro rata maintenance grant of the equivalent of a full time award.

Academic eligibility

For 1+3 studentships, candidates must have qualifications of the standard of a good undergraduate honours degree at first or upper second class level. Current undergraduate students can apply during the third year of their degree, prior to completion, and will need to provide interim transcripts to support their application. 

In the majority of cases, candidates will have undertaken an undergraduate course at a recognised UK higher education institution. However, some may have qualifications from outside the UK, or be able to offer a combination of qualifications and/or experience. It will be necessary to ascertain whether these qualifications can be equated to an honours degree, and at what level. 

Candidates must be planning to study in an ESRC recognised pathways. 

Please note that the supervisory fit of your prospective supervision team will be taken into consideration when the application is assessed during the competition.

Residential eligibility

Candidates must have a relevant connection with the UK in order to qualify for a full award. This includes candidates who have been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the date of application and resident for this 3-year period for reasons other than education. Also candidates that have settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971. 

A relevant connection may be established for an EU student if the student has been resident in the

UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the start of the course, even if for purposes of full-time  education. EU students in this situation may apply for a full award. EU Students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years may apply for a fees only award. 

Non-EU students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years are not eligible to apply.

  • Deadline for applications:  3 January, 2017

Further information

ESRC funding for 2017 onwards will be available through a new initiative, the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP). The University of Manchester (along with the Universities of Liverpool, Keele and Lancaster) is pleased to be able to forward for the consideration applications for ESRC 1+3 (1 year MRes + 3 years PhD study) or +3 (3 years PhD study only) Studentships to commence in 2017-2018 through the following schemes: 

1+3 Scheme (One Year Master’s + Three Years Doctoral Study)
This scheme will provide support for students undertaking an eligible Master’s programme which focuses on advanced study and research training explicitly intended to provide a foundation for further research at doctoral level, who will then progress to a doctoral programme.

2+2 Scheme (Two Years Master’s + Two Years Doctoral Study)
This scheme is only available for students in Economics. It will provide support for students undertaking a two year MRes programme followed by a doctoral programme.

+3 Scheme (Three years Doctoral Study)
This scheme will provide support for up to three years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study, on a programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree.

+2 Scheme (Two Years Doctoral Study)
This scheme is as the +3 scheme, but for students who are already in the first year of their doctoral study at one of the four eligible universities. Such students may apply for support for two years of full-time study, or four years of part-time study, on a programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree. Students who have completed more than one year full-time study (or two years part-time) are not eligible to apply for funding.

Students wishing to be considered for Research Council funding should apply for either an AHRC Studentship or an ESRC Studentship (see below). Candidates wanting to conduct research in traditional legal subject areas or in healthcare ethics/bioethics should apply for an AHRC Studentship, whereas those candidates wishing to conduct criminological or socio-legal research should apply for an ESRC Studentship. The two Research Councils offer the following statement for further clarification: AHRC supports research into the content, procedures, theory, philosophy and history of the law. This includes studies of legal systems and legislation in all periods of history and in all parts of the world. ESRCsupports socio-legal studies, which are concerned with the social, political and economic influences on and impact of the law and the legal system.

How to apply

To apply for an ESRC award, candidates must have applied for a place on a research programme at the School of Law by 3 January 2017 at the very latest.

Be aware especially that for this application, you need to include a research proposal of 1,500 words (you should already have submitted a proposal of 2,000 words for your PhD application, so what you include in the application for the ESRC Studentship will need to be a truncated version of this). 

Funding applications must be received by the School of Law by 5pm on 3 January 2017 in order to be considered. Funding applications along with references and transcripts should be emailed to by the deadline. 

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