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University of Bristol Research Scholarships, UK

Publish Date: Nov 27, 2015

Deadline: Feb 04, 2016

University of Bristol Research Scholarships

ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre Scholarships

The Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Bath have created the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) which draws together the established research excellence of more than 770 academic and research staff at the three institutions. Together, these institutions present a distinctive cadre of social science research staff and students, with established international, national and regional networks, and widely recognised research excellence. As recognised research leaders, the three institutions have a strong track record in advancing knowledge through high quality research and teaching in partnership with business, the professions, the public services, the third sector and other research and learning providers.

The SWDTC receives a number of studentships from the ESRC each year to award to students on SWDTC pathways at the Universities of Bristol, Bath and Exeter. Students who apply to the University of Bristol will be primarily based in Bristol and will receive their award from the University of Bristol but those on interdiscipinary pathways may take classes or have co-supervisors at either Bath or Exeter.

Value of ESRC SWDTC studentships

Home tuition fees plus living expenses of the RCUK minimum per annum for UK students. EU students will receive a fees only award unless they can prove they meet the ESRC's eligibility guidelines and have been settled and resident in the UK for at least 3 years.


Students wishing to apply for ESRC funding can apply for either a Msc followed by PhD programme (1+3 award) or PhD only (+3 award). Students wishing to undertake PhD study only (+3 awards) must meet the ESRC criteria in terms of previous Masters level study and should read the SWDTC admissions statement (PDF, 304kB) for information.

You must apply to the PhD programme to be considered for 1+3 as well as +3 awards so that you can upload your PhD proposal to the application.

Students applying for ESRC funded scholarships are encouraged to look at ways of incorporating collaboration with external partners into their research proposal. Collaboration does not always have to be a financial arrangement and could take the form of a placement, voluntary work, data sharing or other payment in kind opportunities.

Applicants may apply to one or more pathways but please note the ESRC's eligibility criteria for overseas and EU students. 

University of Bristol Research Scholarships

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law is pleased to be able to offer a number of fully-funded and/or half-funded PhD scholarships to UK, EU and international applicants to the Sociology and the Politics PhD programmes showing exceptional research potential. Scholarships are renewable for up to 3 years (where offered full-time) subject to satisfactory progress.


New Home UK/EU and international postgraduate students studying full time for an PhD.

Applicants are expected to hold a 1st Class Honours Bachelor’s degree and a Master's degree (UK or UK equivalent) in a relevant discipline. For those whose first language is not English, a minimum language proficiency score of IELTS 6.5 (Profile E) is required.


Tuition fee and a maintenance stipend of the RCUK minimum per annum (full or half funded).

Closing dates

The deadline for applications for 2016/2017 UoB and SWDTC studentships is12.00 (Midday) Thursday 4th February 2016. The ranking committees are held in the School in late February. You must have an offer in place by the time of the ranking committee to be considered for any scholarship. Successful candidates for the 2016/17 competition will be contacted by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law on April 4th 2016.

You should allow a minimum of 6 weeks for your online application to be considered and a decision made (from the date of completing your application i.e. having provided all of the information required including references, transcripts and proposal). We strongly recommend that all applications from interested candidates should be completed and submitted by the end of January.

Please note there is no separate application form for these scholarships. In the "Funding" section of the online application form you must tick the boxes entitled "UK Research Council" or "University of Bristol". If relevant please also enter the specific DTC pathway that you wish to be considered for in the free text box which is below the list of funding options. Please see the Doctoral Training Centre pages for more details of the disciplinary and interdisciplinary pathways that are on offer.

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