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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 2018/19.

Full information on length of awards, 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 Tuesday 16 January 2018 | submit your application for admission to the University of Edinburgh programme of study; apply online for the appropriate programme here. You will then receive a student University number (UUN) and a password, which will give you access to the Applicant Hub. You should apply for the ESRC scholarship through the Applicant Hub. A detailed guideline can be found here.

You can apply for a scholarship before receiving an offer of study.

It is strongly advised that you contact the Postgraduate Advisor/Pathway Representative to discuss your application well in advance of this deadline.

Wednesday 7 February 2018 | if you are selected to be put forward for consideration for a 2018 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.

Friday 9 February 2018 | 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.

Monday 12 February 2018 | 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 Equal Opportunities From. 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 9 May 2018.

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:

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