Graduate School

Economic and Social Research Council Studentships

Information on the ESRC application process for 2019-20 entry

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 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.

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, Professor Diana Paton, to express initial interest.

Professor Diana Paton

Programme Director

  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • University of Edinburgh

Contact details

Please note that Professor Paton is on Research leave January - May 2019, during this time any queries should be directed to Professor Steve Boardman, +44 (0)131 650 4035


By 12 December 2018 (deadline extended from 26 November), 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.  Professor Paton will be able to advise you.

By noon on 11 January 2019, applicants must submit a funding application to the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) GradHub. 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.

Graduate School Office

  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Contact details



Room 2.29, William Robertson Wing,
Old Medical School,
Teviot Place, Edinburgh

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