The UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership is an ESRC-funded organisation which brings together five leading Social Science institutions

Our Vision

The DTP’s strategic vision is driven by a shared emphasis on interdisciplinary research; a multiplicity of existing connections within and across the partners; a joint apetite for engagement with non-academic partners; and a collective embedding in London, a super-diverse city with global reach and one of the largest populations of doctoral students anywhere in the world.

We are guided by a collective aim to foreground learning how to work across boundaries(disciplinary, institutional and professional) and work to produce graduates with the ability and flexibility to operate at the highest level within the London context and elsewhere, moving between local, national and international concerns.

Prospective Students

ESRC Studentships

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

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.

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

Fellowships are aimed at those in the immediate postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills.


Media and Communications Workshop with Rachel Shabi – 24th January 2023

For the second time this year, Rachel Shabi will be hosting a media and communications workshop designed to ensure that, the next time you address a rolling camera, an audience or an interview panel, you’re fully equipped to get your message across. This session covers a range of tips, techniques and broadcast skills including: engaging…

UBEL Conference blog post

By the UBEL Conference Committee (Laura, Shomo, Helina, and Lottie)   On Friday 7th October, we hosted the UBEL Student Conference 2022 at Birkbeck.  As this was the first in-person DTP conference many of us had attended, it was a great chance to meet people from other disciplines and institutions, and across the DTP. In total,…

Media and Communications workshop hosted by Rachel Shabi

On October 20th 2022 I attended an all-day media communications workshop arranged by UBEL.  The workshop was led by award-winning journalist and broadcaster Rachel Shabi, and the purpose of the day was to develop our skills in communicating research to non-academic audiences through broadcast media. The day was split into a morning and afternoon session,…