In an announcement today (Tuesday 7 November 2023), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) named the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership as one of 15 schemes that will receive funding for PhD studentships.
The scheme supports postgraduate students in accessing the highest quality research training throughout their time at university, building on the research excellence of the partners to deliver PhD training across the social sciences.
It also provides access to a range of training and development opportunities across the partner institutions, as well as the opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary social sciences network including academic and non-academic partners.
Professor Chris Wigginton, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global and Academic Partnerships at Sheffield Hallam, said: “The renewal of this partnership by the ESCRC is great news, enabling us to continue the delivery of outstanding research supervision, support and skills to postgraduate research students. This collaboration underscores the critically important role that social science plays in helping to define, address and resolve the key local, national and global challenges we face.”
Professor Felicity Matthews, Director of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, said: “The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) is an established partnership of the universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Hull, Manchester Metropolitan and Sheffield Hallam, who have been working together since 2017 to deliver cutting edge social science training to postgraduate researchers. As a partnership we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion; interdisciplinarity; academic rigour and excellence; and collaboration.
“We are delighted that the WRDTP has been recommissioned by the ESRC for a further five years. This is a significant investment, and one that sends a clear message about the importance of the postgraduate research community and the WRDTP’s proven track-record in supporting postgraduate researchers to realise their academic and professional aspirations.
“Together with the generous match-funding pledged by our partner universities, we will continue to offer a range of fully-funded studentship opportunities each year, as well as an extensive programme of postgraduate training and development.”