ESRC Co-funded Studentships

Co-funded and Collaborative Studentships are doctoral projects which are jointly and collaboratively run by both academic and non-academic organisations.


  • Every year, we award collaborative research projects that staff put together in partnership with a non-academic partner. The awarded teams then get to recruit a student to work on the project, who receives an ESRC Studentship.
  • In collaboration with non-academic partners, projects should address a research topic of both theoretical and practical importance, providing opportunities for the selected candidate to gain first-hand experience of work outside an academic environment. 
  • We are looking for projects which contribute to the creation, development and application of new techniques and ways of working or projects which help facilitate greater effectiveness and efficiency of individuals and organisations. Proposals for interdisciplinary projects (which involve more than one DTP pathway) are actively encouraged.

What is on offer?

  • The UBEL DTP’s fully funded ESRC studentships cover full payment of tuition fees per year and an annual maintenance stipend. The non-academic organisation contributes 25% towards the maintenance stipend.
  • Co-funded and Collaborative Studentships can be held on a full-time or part-time basis and within a 1+3, 4-year (Integrated PhD) or +3 programme.

Non-academic partners

The collaboration partners must be non-academic organisations with an operating base in the UK. Beyond this, there are no restrictions and applicants are encouraged to think innovatively about potential collaborations. Partners can be private sector companies, public sector bodies or voluntary/third sector organisations.


Open for academic staff applications Monday 12th October 2020
Deadline for academic staff applicationsMonday 14th December 2020
Student applications open Monday 18th January 2021
Various internal deadlinesPlease check information on each recruitment Advert
Deadline for student applications  Friday 2nd April 2021

Applications for 2021/22 are now closed.

Recruitment Adverts

Co-funded Studentships are linked to specific research projects that get selected each year, during the first phase of applications. View below the Co-funded Projects that have been selected this year:

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Modern causal methods to estimate the impact of Individual and Group Health Policies using routinely collected data supervised by Dr Karla Diaz Ordaz & Prof Ruth Keogh at LSHTM Department of Medical Statistics, Dr Arne Wolters (The Health Foundation) internal deadline 5th March 2021

Estimating treatment effects using real world data when there are competing risks supervised by Prof Ruth Keogh, Prof Linda Sharples, Dr Tom Cowling at LSHTM Department of Medical Statistics internal deadline 5th March 2021 

University College London

Inequality in the burden & prognosis of multiple long-term conditions supervised by Professor Anne McMunn, Dr Paola Zaninotto at UCL, Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care and Dr Mai Stafford at the Health Foundation, internal deadline 7th March 2021 

Developing core outcomes for prognostic research in palliative care supervised by Prof Paddy Stone at Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, Division of Psychiatry, UCL in collaboration with Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, internal deadline 23 February 2021

Geographies of harmful gambling behaviour and their remediation supervised by Dr Justin van Dijk and Professor Longley at Consumer Data Research Centre, UCL and Dr Amy Sweet at Gamble Aware updated internal deadline of 24th of March 09h00

The Perception of Leprosy Stigma: Societal Factors and Resilience in People Affected by Leprosy in Northern Mozambique supervised by Maria Kett and Professor Nora Groce (Second Supervisor) at UCL, and Clara Volpi, Head of Operations Support at The Leprosy Mission International, internal deadline 24th February 2021

Forced marriage in the UK, and the role of schools supervised by Professor Jenny Parkes and Dr. Charlotte Nussey at UCL and Dr. Geraldine Hutchinson at the Freedom Charity, internal deadline 5th March 2021

Can genomics enhance care and quality of life in psychosis? supervised by Prof Elvira Bramon at UCL Division of Psychiatry, Dr Barbara Barrett (King’s College London) in partnership with the Department of Strategic and Industry Partnerships, Oxford Academic Health Science Network, internal deadline 25th March


Evaluation of a child-centred intervention targeting wellbeing and cognitive skills in primary age children supervised by Prof Michael Thomas and Prof. Andrew Tolmie at the Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck University of London and John Bishop at Evolve, internal deadline Friday 5th March 2021

University of East London

Dignity, gender and period poverty: approaches to improving menstrual health outcomes supervised by Dr. Meera Tiwari and Professor Allan Brimicombe at UEL, and Dr Husna Ahmad at Global One, internal deadline 24th February 2021

Family Types and Family Diversity in Holistic Child Nurture for Sustained Child Well-Being supervised by Dr. Kathryn Kraft at UEL, Professor Hazel Barrett at Coventry University and Seamus Anderson at World Vision International, internal deadline March 1st 2021

How to apply?