Postgraduate Students

Economic and Social Research Council Studentships

Information on the ESRC application process for 2023-24 entry

Applications for the academic year 2023/24 are now closed.

The University of Edinburgh is a member institution of the Scotland-wide Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Centres (SGSSS DTC) which is funded and accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The SGSSS DTC provides world-class postgraduate research and training in the social sciences across a wide range of disciplines, known as 'pathways', including Economic and Social History.   Scholarships are available for study on the PhD in Economic and Social History, either on its own (known as ‘+3’ funding), or as part of a package of funding including a year studying for the Masters by Research in Economic and Social History (known as ‘1+3’ funding).

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

Please ensure that you read and satisfy the eligibility criteria of the ESRC before applying.

Information session

The Dean of Postgraduate Education will be holding the following information session about the SGSSS Open competition for prospective applicants. Please join this link at the specified time. The session will be recorded.

Oct 18th 3pm – 4pm GMT: Information session for prospective applicants

Application process

If you wish to apply for a pathway scholarship in Economic and Social History, we strongly encourage you to contact the Economic and Social History Pathway Convenor, Dr David Silkenat, to express initial interest.

Professor David Silkenat

Programme Director

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Room 0M.23 Doorway 4, Old Medical School, Teviot Place

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By Tuesday 8 November 2022, applicants who wish to be considered for an ESRC studentship must submit a complete application for study to the University via our EUCLID study application portal:

You will then receive a student University number (UUN) and a password, which will give you access to the Applicant Hub.

Depending on your previous Masters study, you may need to apply initially for the MScR Economic and Social History, as well as the PhD in Economic and Social History.  Dr Silkenat will be able to advise you.

By 5pm on Thursday 8 December 2022, applicants must submit a funding application to the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) Apply system. Guidance on how to apply can be found here.

Any queries about registering or logging into GradHub can be directed to the SGSSS.

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Contact us

Please address inquiries about the application process for these awards to the Graduate School office in the first instance.

Postgraduate Research Office

  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology

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Room 2.29
William Robertson Wing
Old Medical School
Teviot Place

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  • 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri. Please email the team if you would like to arrange a meeting.