Graduate School

Economic and Social Research Council Studentships

Information on the ESRC application process for 2021-22 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 ensure that you read and satisfy the eligibility criteria of the ESRC before applying.

Information Session

All current students and prospective applicants interested in hearing about the Open Competition for MSc/PhD funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, via the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences are welcome to attend this information session.

Thursday 5th Nov, 10-11am, via Blackboard Collaborate

You can attend the session using the link below.

Guest link for student information session via Blackboard Collaborate

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.

Dr David Silkenat (PhD)

Programme Director

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

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By Tuesday 8 December 2020, 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 Thursday 7 January 2021, 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

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Room 2.29, William Robertson Wing
Old Medical School
Teviot Place

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  • Staff are working remotely at the moment, so please use email or phone in the first instance.