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.


  • Staff put together an research project in partnership with an industrial partner or charity for example, then the member of staff would be the supervisor of the student that applies for the studentship linked to the research project.
  • 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. 
  • The project should be both intellectually and practically (depending on the nature of the non-academic partner) rigorous and should seek to have wider relevance than just the needs of the non-academic partner. 
  • 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 estimated cost of a 2020 co-funded studentship is £23,190 per annum and the non-academic organisation contributes 25% towards the full amount.
  • 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 applicationsMonday 12th October 2020
Deadline for academic staff applicationsMonday 14th December 2020
Open for student applicationsMonday 18th January 2021
Deadline for student applications Friday 2nd April 2021

How to apply?