School of Social and Political Science

Scottish Graduate School of Social Science/Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Collaborative Studentships


The University of Edinburgh is delighted to announce the availability of a number of studentships funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) for the academic year 2021/22.

Available topics

​The eight topics available are:


Eligibility and application process

The competition is open to both national and international applicants who meet the essential admissions criteria listed within each studentship and the ESRC eligibility criteria available at the link below.

Please note that all applicants must also meet the ESRC eligibility criteria:

ESRC eligibility information


Application closing dates will vary according to each studentship on offer.

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted for interview by dates detailed in the individual studentship page.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within University of Edinburgh.

Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

Contact addresses can be found in each of the project pages.

Funding notes

The scholarship is available as a +3 (3 year PhD) or a 1+3 (Masters year and 3 year PhD) studentship depending on prior research training (this will be assessed as part of the recruitment process).

The programme will commence in September 2021 and the full ESRC studentship package includes, as advised by ESRC:

  • an annual maintenance grant (stipend)
  • fees at the standard institutional home rate
  • students can also draw on a pooled Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)

Applicants will be asked to provide contact details for two referees during the application process. SGSSS will then contact them (automatically) and ask that they each complete a reference template and return this to applicants intended institution.

Applicants should seek permission from their referees in advance of providing their details to SGSSS.

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