NEWS & Funding Opportunities

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

The UCL, Bloomsbury and East London DTP invites applications for three postdoctoral fellowships (PDFs) to be based within departments at the partner institutions within the DTP: University College London, Birkbeck, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and the University of East London.

Futher information, guidance and application forms

A information session on the PDF scheme and application through the UBEL DTP will be held 18.30 to 20.00 on Thursday 1 February 2018 in the Jeffrey Hall at UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Soc-B Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial Research – Applications for 2018 are now open

The Soc-B CDT is a new and unique PhD training programme in biosocial research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in order to build capacity in this growing area of interdisciplinary scientific endeavour.

Soc-B studentships are based across social and biological science departments in three centres of excellence in biosocial research: UCL, University of Manchester and University of Essex. Soc-B PhD studentships are four-year (+4) studentships with the first year spent in project rotations and biosocial training before selecting a PhD research topic for years 2-4.

Further infromation and application details


For Prospective Students

Competition for ESRC Studentships for October 2018 entry is now open. Candidates are invited to make a preliminary application in the first instance by Tuesday 9 January at 4.00pm. These will be considered by the relevant Pathway(s), and selected candidates only will then be invited to make a full application by Wednesday 28 February.

Deadline: Tuesday 9 January 2018 at 4.00pm (GMT).

The online submission system is now live here

On accessing the online system for the first time, you will be asked to register for an account. You will then be able to use the sign-in details associated with this account to access previously saved versions of your application content prior to submission, or to make a full application if you are invited to do so.

Once you have created an account and/or logged in, you will need to click on your name under the heading Application ID, against the Main Studentship Competition, which will have been pre-selected for you. This will take you to the links to complete your preliminary application, with information requested exactly as in the sample pdf version of the form for this. You will also be asked to complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring section before you can submit your preliminary application – though you can choose non-disclosure options for all of the questions within this, should you choose to.

Please note: the online submission system sends notifications, so make sure you check your spam folder in case they are sent there.

Please read the guidance notes carefully

UBEL DTP Notes of Guidance for Applicants 2018

UBEL DTP Guidance on Research Foundation Statements 2018 Entry

For your information, the preliminary application form can be viewed below:

UBEL DTP ESRC Preliminary Application Form 2018

For your information, these application forms show what the submission system will require for full applications if invited to apply:

UBEL DTP ESRC Application Form 2018

UBEL DTP AQM Application Form 2018 Entry

The UBEL DTP’s fully-funded ESRC studentships cover:

  • Full payment of tuition fees per year (including masters and training years for 1+3; 2+3 and +4 studentships)
  • Annual maintenance stipend (full-time: £16,296 and part-time: £9,778 for 2016/7)

Studentships are available across the UBEL DTP institutions and research topics need to fall under any of the pathways available at the DTP. Before applying, students should make sure that they have checked their eligibility, the pathway information and make contact with their prospective department.

For further information please contact us.

UBEL DTP provides over 40 ESRC-funded studentships from each of the DTP institutions: UCL, SOAS, Birkbeck, UEL and LSHTM.

The DTP offers a range of routes (+3; 1+3; 2+3 and +4) across its 25 pathways. Please check our pathway pages for more information regarding pathway contacts, research interests and routes.