Midlands Graduate School in the UK welcomes applications for the ESRC PhD Scholarships starting in October 2021
The ESRC PhD Scholarships is open to highly ranked, newly starting Research Degree candidates who display exceptional academic achievement and research prospect.
The ESRC PhD Scholarships provides the tuition fees, the expense of a standard Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the scholarship award holder, their partner and dependants (if any), and a living allowance at the minimum established indexed rate.
Worth of Award
- All candidates will be qualified for a full award comprising of a maintenance allowance (£15,285 in 2020/21), and payment of tuition fees at the home fee rate.
Eligibility for ESRC PhD Scholarships
To be classified as a home student, candidates have to meet the following conditions:
- Be a UK citizen (meeting residency conditions), or
- Have settled status, or
- Have pre-settled status (satisfying residency conditions), or
- Have indefinite leave to stay or enter
- If a candidate does not satisfy any of the conditions above, they will be classified as an international candidate.
- Please note that they can grant up to 30% of scholarships to international students per cycle, and that they are waiting for confirmation on what percentage of the international tuition fee will be provided by funding from the Midlands Graduate School from each institution.
- Policies on this may differ between institutions.
- This notice will be updated to verify the fees information in advance of the open competition closing date (26th January 2021).
- Candidates looking to study part-time are qualified for ESRC PhD Scholarships.
- Candidates are able to submit application directly from undergraduate programs (as they have a 1+3 award choice with a Masters progressing onto PhD study) and they ring-fence a number of scholarship awards for candidates applying straight from an undergraduate degree program.
- Candidates applying for Distance learning programmes are not qualified for ESRC PhD Scholarships.
- Candidates who already have an award, or who are financially assisted by another organisation, which provides upkeep and/or tuition fees are not qualified for an ESRC award.
- Candidates who have prior to now commenced doctoral study are qualified to apply for an ESRC award, given that they are in the first year of a full-time program or the first two years of a part-time program. But, if you have already started your PhD, you have to already have concluded the required training as specified in the Guidance Notes for Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP candidates. The ESRC does not allow the suspension of a PhD to undertake the mandatory training modules, nor for them to run together with year 2 and 3 of a PhD.
- Candidates are required to have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first or upper second class level or equal professional experience.
How to Apply for ESRC PhD Scholarships
Choose a Pathway and University
- Prior to applying, you will have to decide which of the open training pathways is most appropriate for you, and which University you would like to enrol at.
- For information on the important academic contacts for each pathway and institution, please go to their Pathway Contacts page.
- Please note that you are only allowed to hand in one funding application to the MGS DTP and you cannot submit application for funding on multiple pathways or for pathway award at multiple MGS DTP institutions.
Apply for admission to your chosen University
- Submit application to the University to study for a research degree program at your selected university by filling out an online application for PhD admission.
- At the point of filling out your application for ESRC PhD Scholarships (step 3) you are only required to have submitted the PhD admissions application, and are not expected to possess an offer of admission at this stage.
- Where a training pathway is granted in more than one department in your selected institution, candidates should apply to the department most applicable to their particular research interests.
When you have submitted application to the University of your choice, you can then fill out an application for Midlands Graduate School DTP award.
The competition for scholarships starting in October 2021 is now open, with a closing date of Tuesday January 26, 2021 (23:59 GMT).
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