Moray House School of Education and Sport

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Student-led awards

Application Deadline: 10 December 2020 for PhD Application, 7 January 2021 for SGSSS Open Competition application. Eligible to UK and International students. Covers fees plus stipend.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) provides a number of student-led awards covering fees plus stipend for UK and International applicants commencing their studies in the 2021-22 academic year. Details below pertain to the ‘Education’ pathway.


The University of Edinburgh is part of a consortium of 16 Universities in Scotland awarded funding from the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Social Sciences in Scotland. Under this Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Scheme, which is run by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS), the consortium will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards.

+3 Studentships (36 months)

These awards will suit applicants who wish to enter directly into a PhD programme and who have already completed an MSc degree, which incorporates 60 credits or more of research methods training. If you are unsure if your MSc degree satisfies the ESRC criteria, please contact our School’s Education Pathway representative, Professor Grant Jarvie, or check the SGSSS website for further details.

1+3 Studentships (48 months)

These awards provide funding for a one year Master’s degree and a three year PhD study. Students who have only completed or are in the process of completing an undergraduate degree should apply for these awards.

Note: If you aim to apply for a 1+3 award through our School, you would normally attend an ESRC compliant version of our MSc Education (Research) pathway programme as the Master’s stage of your 1+3 award.

Current PhD Students

If you are a current PhD student at Moray House and are looking for funding for the remainder of your PhD you only need to complete the GradHub (Point 2 below) section of the application.


The following Moray House degree programmes are eligible for an ESRC application:

  • PhD Education FT (3 years)
  • PhD Education PT (6 years)
  • PhD Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences FT (3 years)
  • PhD Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences PT (6 years)

Please note: there must be a strong and justified educational research element within these proposals if you are applying to the ESRC Education Pathway. Topics focused on sports science, performance psychology or sociology of sport will not normally be eligible.

Please check the SGSSS eligibility criteria for full details.

SGSSS Eligibility Criteria Details


1. PhD Application 

You must submit your application for one of the above PhD programmes by noon on 10 December 2020 at the latest. You are strongly advised to contact your proposed PhD Supervisor and Pathway Representative to discuss your application well in advance of this deadline.

Please DO NOT use the Moray House Scholarship and Application Form or the Step-by-Step Guidance for ESRC applications – please follow the instructions outlined below:

2. Funding Application 

Register on the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) GradHub, complete the SGSSS Open Competition application form and upload it to GradHub by 7 January 2021.

Applicants will be asked to also upload copies of their transcripts, CV and two references which is not to be from a proposed supervisor.

3. Nomination

By the end of January, Pathway Representatives will consider and nominate applicants to move to the next stage of the competition. Nominated applicants will be asked to submit a full studentship application to the SGSSS by 11 February 2021.


Final funding decisions will be made by the SGSSS by early May 2021.


We advise that you contact your proposed Supervisor/Pathway Representative to discuss your application well in advance of this deadline. Should you have any questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact the School’s ESRC Pathway Representative, Professor Grant Jarvie.

Professor Grant Jarvie

PhD Programme Director, Dr Shari Sabeti.

Contact Dr Shari Sabeti

For any other enquiries please contact the School’s PGR Programmes Administrator, Mrs Mairi Ross., Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 6433

Related Links

Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) GradHub

PhD Education

PhD Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences