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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.

  • Four-year 1+3 studentships include an integrated masters qualification in social science methods (MRes Social Sciences), followed by the PhD.
  • In order 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.

A full scholarship provides:

  • Tuition fees at Home/EU levels
  • A maintenance stipend at the UKRI national postgraduate rate (£15,009 in 2019/20)
  • A research training support grant where eligible

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

Find out more about our scholarships in Sheffield Institute of Education.

Find out more about our scholarships in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research.


  • These scholarships are only available to applicants to Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) and the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR).
  • UK applicants will be eligible for a full award (paying fees and maintenance at standard UKRI rates). EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award. These awards are not open to applicants who are liable to pay tuition fees at the International fee rate.
  • For 1+3 and +3 awards, applicants must hold at least a UK upper second class honours degree or equivalent.
  • 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.

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 project information. General admissions enquiries can also be directed to or the relevant research centre lead:

Closing date for applications for 2020/21 entry is 17:00 on 29 January 2020.

Selection process

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview where you will be asked to talk through your research proposal. All interviews will be in person and none will be conducted by Skype.

If your application for a place on our PhD programme is successful, you will then be put forward 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 an ESRC funded studentship.

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