ESRC Studentships Main Competition

The UBEL DTP’s fully funded ESRC studentships cover full payment of tuition fees per year and an annual maintenance stipend.

What’s on offer

  • UBEL DTP studentships cover tuition fees at the UKRI rate and an annual maintenance stipend. For 2022/23 an UBEL studentship will cover tuition fees of £4596 and a minimum stipend of £19,668. This figure includes the London Allowance.

  • We offer a wide range of pathways with 26 different disciplinary pathways, in 7 groupings across 5 London institutions. Each pathway provides a range of study routes (+3; 1+3; 2+3 & +4) with over 80 MRes, MSc and MA programmes attached and accommodates both full-time and part-time students.

Academic qualifications

  • You should normally have (or expect to achieve by 30 September 2023) an upper second or first class honours degree or a Master’s degree from a recognised UK university, or the equivalent qualification if gained outside the UK.
  • For +3, 3.5 or 3.25 award you must normally have (or expect to achieve by 30 September 2023) a Master’s degree with an appropriate level of research training.

Eligibility criteria

  • All UKRI studentships are open to both home and international students.
  • To be classed as a home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:
    • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or Have settled status, or
    • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
    • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter
  • If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they would be classified as an International student. Please read the UKRI Eligibility guidance document (pdf) for full details on residency requirements. Further information is also available in the Preliminary Application Guidance for 2023 Entry.

Guidance for applying

UBEL DTP will no longer be accepting preliminary applications for 2023 entry. The deadline for preliminary applications was Wednesday 30th November 2022. 

Candidates that were successful at the preliminary stage should complete their full application by 31st January 2023.  

The full application stage requires a full research proposal, training plan, references and confirmation of supervisor details. Candidates that wish to apply for an Advanced Quantitative Methods enhancement will also need to complete this form. 

Deadlines for 2022/23

26 October 2022Survey Monkey Apply opens for Preliminary applications
30 November 2022 (23.59pm)Deadline for Preliminary applications
16 December 2022DTP informs candidates of Preliminary outcome and Full application available to successful candidates
31 January 2023 (23.59pm)Deadline for Full applications
30 March 2023DTP Board considers studentship applications

Please note that deadlines for the next cycle are slightly earlier than in previous years.