Linguistics and English Language

Economic and Social Research Council Funding

Information about eligibility and the application process

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. These can be offered as MSc plus PhD (1+3) or PhD (+3) awards depending on the experience of the applicant.

Further details about the DTP can be found at: Scottish Graduate School of Social Science


Applicants must be students from the UK or EU countries and satisfy the eligibility criteria of the ESRC. Please see the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science for further details.

Scottish Graduate School of Social Science

  • Candidates must meet all ESRC eligibility requirements.
  • Candidates will normally hold a relevant First Class Honours degree (such as BA, BMus, BSc, or LLB) and preferably a similar calibre of Masters degree.
  • PhD students within the eligible subject areas who are currently in their first year of study are eligible to apply.
  • If you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three year period preceding the start-date of your proposed postgraduate programme, you may be eligible to apply for a full award, which pays your tuition fees and a maintenance grant. If you are from a European Union country, other than the UK, and you have been resident in an EU country for a period of three years preceding the start of your proposed study, you may be eligible for a fees-only award, which pays your tuition fees, but does not provide a maintenance grant.
  • If you are not a resident of the UK or another EU country, you are ineligible to apply for an ESRC studentship.


Linguistics is one of the training pathways that form part of the ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Partnership. ESRC 1+3 and +3 studentships in the pathways are available at the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews. Potential applicants to Edinburgh should follow the instructions below in order to be considered.

Programmes available at the University of Edinburgh include PhD in Linguistics or Psychology (+3 studentships), or 1+3 studentships beginning with:

MSc Applied Linguistics

MSc Developmental Linguistics

MSc Evolution of Language & Cognition

MSc Linguistics

MSc Phonetics

MSc Psychology of Language

MSc Speech & Language Processing

Application process

To be considered, you should:

  • make an application to study one of the approved programmes named above by Monday 25th November 2019.
  • register on the SGSSS GradHub.
  • complete the SGSSS Open Competition application form and upload it to GradHub by 10 January 2020 (noon). Applicants will be asked to also upload copies of their transcripts, CV and one reference which is not to be from a proposed supervisor.

It is useful for applicants to email the School Postgraduate Office to register their interest in ESRC funding as this will allow us to track your applications effectively.


Application to study: Monday 25 November 2019

GradHub registration and submission: Friday 10 January 2020 (noon)

Students must have submitted an application to study AND have registered with the GradHub in order to be considered.  Late applications will not be considered.

Intial consideration will be made internally the programme and GradHub application submitted.  Shortlisted candidates will have the opportunity to work with supervisors to develop the final submission in late January/early February 2020. 


Should you have any questions regarding this funding opportunity, the following contacts are available to help.

Linguistics Pathway Rep: Dr Joe Fruehwald

School Postgraduate Office: School Postgraduate Office