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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Awards

The School of Social and Political Science is pleased to announce the availability of studentships funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for the academic year 2017/18.

Full information on award types, eligibility and pathways is available on the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) studentship pages.

Please note that applicants must be students from the UK or EU* countries, and satisfy the eligibility criteria of the ESRC. Please read this criteria carefully.

*EU applicants from outwith the UK and who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of the studentship are only eligible for a fees-only award.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for an ESRC award to be held at the School of Social and Political Science, you should contact the relevant Subject Area Postgraduate Advisor/Pathway Representative as soon as possible to discuss your proposal and your interest in the ESRC awards. They can also help identify a suitable supervisor.  

Information on our full range of research programmes, including how to contact the relevant Postgraduate Advisor/Pathway Representative, is available here:

Application Process

The application process for ESRC awards has a number of stages and deadlines, as follows:

Prior to Monday 23 January 2017 | submit your application for admission to the University of Edinburgh programme of study, apply online for the appropriate programme here.

Monday 23 January 2017 | in order to be considered for an ESRC award you must have sent your CV and research proposal (on the SGSSS Research Proposal Form) to with the subject line 'ESRC studentship application', by this date. This must be done even if you have already sent your documents to the relevant Subject Area PG Advisor/Pathway Representative. The body of the email must include: your full name, University of Edinburgh UUN (you will have received this when you applied for admission), and the Pathway you are applying to. It is strongly advised that you contact the Postgraduate Advisor/Pathway Representative to discuss your application well in advance of this deadline.

Thursday 9 February 2017 | if you are selected to be put forward for consideration for a 2017 ESRC studentship you will receive notification from the relevant Subject Area Postgraduate Advisor/Pathway Convenor by this date. This notification will contain a link to the registration form to begin the ESRC application process. You will not be able to register without being nominated.

Monday 13 February 2017 | if you have been nominated and sent the link to the registration form you must have completed your registration by this date. The information on the registration form must be completed in one sitting.

Friday 17 February 2017 | once you have registered and your nomination has been confirmed by the SGSSS, you will be able to upload your application documents to the portal. You should include the research proposal form, CV, degree transcripts, supporting statement from your supervisor and, if applicable, your AQM application form. Your referees will be contacted separately by the SGSSS and will be uploaded to your application by this date.

The award decision will be communicated to applicants by the 12 May 2017.

This is just an overview of the application process, for full details and guidance notes please see the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) website: