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. The awarded teams then get to recruit a student to work on the project, who receives an ESRC Studentship.

Submitting a Proposal

  • This stage of the Competition is for academic members of staff at the UBEL DTP to submit for proposals for a Co-funded or Collaborative 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 awarded teams get to recruit a student to work on the project, who receives an ESRC Studentship which covers 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.

Guidance for applying