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White Rose Social Sciences DTP scholarships

These scholarships are only available for PhDs in Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) and the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR).

The WRDTP is a collaborative partnership between Sheffield Hallam and the universities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield and York. Accredited by the ESRC, it builds on the research excellence of the partners to deliver PhD training across the social sciences.

The WRDTP 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 incorporating academic and non-academic partners.

Studentships at Sheffield Hallam are available in the following WRDTP Pathways:

  • Education, Childhood and Youth (ECY) SIoE
  • Cities, Environment and Liveability (CEL) CRESR
  • Wellbeing, Health and Communities (WHC) CRESR
  • Civil Society, Development and Democracy (CDD) CRESR

Scholarships are available as a PhD (+3) or Masters + PhD (1+3), on a full-time or part-time basis. The four-year 1+3 studentships include an integrated masters qualification in social science methods (MRes Social Sciences), followed by the PhD. To be eligible for a three-year +3 studentship (PhD only), you will need to evidence that you have already achieved the required level of research methods training.

About the scholarships

Applications will be welcomed from November 2021 for scholarships starting in October 2022. A full scholarship provides: 

  • Tuition fees
  • A maintenance stipend at the UKRI national postgraduate rate (£15,609 in 2021/22)
  • A research training support grant where eligible

The WRDTP has 35 interdisciplinary Pathway Awards available for October 2022, including two WRDTP/Stuart Hall Foundation Awards for Black British students.

Find out more about our potential scholarships in Sheffield Institute of Education.
Find out more about our potential scholarships in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research.

Further information on the WRDTP, including full eligibility criteria, can be found on the WRDTP website.


  • These scholarships are only available to applicants to Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) and the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR).
  • For 1+3 and +3 awards, applicants must hold at least a UK upper second class honours degree or equivalent.
  • Applicants applying for a +3 award must demonstrate that they have already completed the full social sciences research methods training requirements at masters level. See the WRDTP website for more information.
  • UKRI have confirmed that international students will be eligible for all UKRI-funded postgraduate studentships from the start of the 2021/22 academic year. Further information can be found through the WRDTP website.
  • Where English is not your first language, you must show evidence of English language ability to the following minimum level of proficiency: an overall IELTS score of 7.0 or above, with at least 7.0 in each component or an accepted equivalent. Please note that your test score must be current, i.e. within the last two years.
  • Please note that students must be resident close to the University at which they are registered and we would expect there to be direct contact between the student and supervisor. This applies to full-time and part-time students.

How to apply

Applicants must first apply to Sheffield Hallam for a place on our PhD programme. Please state clearly in your email that you would like to be considered for a White Rose Social Sciences DTP scholarship. If you would like to be considered for one of the WRDTP/Stuart Hall Foundation Awards, please also state this in your email.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their research proposal with us before submitting an application. Contact details for staff in each of the research themes can be found in the relevant research centre or project information. General admissions enquiries can also be directed to or the relevant research centre lead:

Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) - Dr Caron Carter

Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) - Dr Sadie Parr

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 26 January 2022.

Selection processShortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview where you will be asked to talk through your research proposal.If your application for a place on our PhD programme is successful, you will then be nominated to the DTP for an ESRC studentship. These studentships are awarded through a competitive process, and further information on the second part of the application process will be provided to applicants. Please note that acceptance onto our PhD programme does not guarantee you a funded studentship.


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