How to apply

Competition for ESRC Studentships for October 2018 entry is now closed.

Those candidates who submitteed a preliminary application should hear before the end of January if they are to be invited to submit a full application. The deadline for full applications is Wednesday 28 February.

RCUK doctoral stipends for 2018/19 have been published here

All applicants should read the Guidance Notes carefully before applying to the DTP. They should also familiarise themselves with the Postgraduate Funding Guide. Only one application for an ESRC studentship beginning in 2018 may be submitted to the UBEL DTP.  

Before applying, students should make sure that they have checked the pathway information and made contact with their prospective department. Departments may have internal deadlines before the formal DTP deadline on 9 January 2018 so it is very important that applicants get in touch with their prospective department and pathway leader and are aware of their application procedures. 

The online submission system is now live here

On accessing the online system for the first time, you will be asked to register for an account. You will then be able to use the sign-in details associated with this account to access previously saved versions of your application content prior to submission, or to make a full application if you are invited to do so.

Once you have created an account and/or logged in, you will need to click on your name under the heading Application ID, against the Main Studentship Competition, which will have been pre-selected for you. This will take you to the links to complete your preliminary application, with information requested exactly as in the sample pdf version of the form for this.

You will also be asked to complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring section before you can submit your preliminary application – though you can choose non-disclosure options for all of the questions within this, should you choose to.

Please note: the online submission system sends notifications, so make sure you check your spam folder in case they are sent there.

Please read the guidance notes carefully:

UBEL DTP Notes of Guidance for Applicants 2018

UBEL DTP Guidance on Research Foundation Statements 2018 Entry

For your information the informaiton required for a preliminary application is set out in this application form:

UBEL DTP ESRC Preliminary Application Form 2018

For your information, these application forms show what the submission system will require for full applications if invited to apply:

UBEL DTP ESRC Application Form 2018

UBEL DTP AQM Application Form 2018 Entry

Completed applications to the UBEL DTP will include:

  • A completed application form
  • A research proposal (including a title, abstract and a full description of your proposed research topic)
  • Two references and your referees’ contact information.
  • An additional AQM application form, if applicable.