ESRC Studentships

What is 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.
    • A full list of the available pathways can be found here.
    • A full list of +4 routes is available here.

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 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 be accepting Preliminary Applications for ESRC funding from Monday 26th September until Wednesday 30th November 2022. 

Candidates should ensure that they carefully read the Preliminary Application Guidance for 2023 Entry whilst completing their application.

Apply online via the Survey Monkey Apply portal. Link to apply here

For queries please contact 


Thursday 13th October 2pm – Prospective student support workshop via Microsoft teams

UBEL DTP are hosting a support session for students that would like to apply for ESRC funding for the 2023/24 recruitment cycle. The session will be recorded.

Microsoft teams link below. 

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 324 223 353 155
Passcode: qR5rDp

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Useful documents


26 October 2022 Survey 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 (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.