How to apply


UBEL DTP Studentship applications are now closed for 2019/20. The application process for 2020/21 will open in the new academic year.

Please note that applicants are responsible to complete all sections of the form even if the information comes from the supervisor.

Preliminary and Full applications can be made via the portal here

RCUK doctoral stipends for 2018/19 have been published here

All applicants should read the Guidance Notes carefully before applying to the DTP. They should also familiarise themselves with the Postgraduate Funding Guide. Only one application for an ESRC studentship beginning in 2019 may be submitted to the UBEL DTP.  

Before applying, students should make sure that they have checked the pathway information and made contact with their prospective department. Departments may have internal deadlines before the formal DTP deadline, it is very important that applicants get in touch with their prospective department and pathway leader and are aware of their application procedures. 

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 Full Applicants 2019

UBEL DTP Guidance on Research Foundation Statements 2019 Entry

Completed applications to the UBEL DTP will include:

  • A completed application form
  • A research proposal up to four pages (including a title, abstract and a full description of your proposed research topic)
  • Two references and your referees’ contact information.
  • An additional AQM application form, if applicable.