Scottish Graduate School of Social Science - Economic and Social Research Council Funding

Information about eligibility and the application process – Updated October 2023

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+3.5) or PhD (+3.5) 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 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.
  • Awards are available to Home fee applicants and limited awards available for International applicants. The University is able to nominate up to 2 International applicants per Pathway.
  • To qualify for Home status an applicant must:
    • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
    • Have settled status, or
    • Have pre-settled status AND meet residency requirement (3 years residency in the UK/EEA/Gibraltar/Switzerland immediately before the start of their programme.) or
    • Have indefinite leave to enter or remain

Psychology Unit of Assessment

Psychology is one of the research training pathways that forms part of the ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Partnership. Potential applicants to Edinburgh should follow the instructions below in order to be considered.

Programmes available at the University of Edinburgh include the PhD in Psychology (+3.5 studentships), or 1+3.5 studentships beginning with:

Application process

To be considered you should:

  • make an application to study one of the approved programmes named above by Monday 13th November 2023.
  • carefully read the SGSSS Open Competition Guidance.
  • register on the SGSSS Apply.
  • complete the SGSSS Open Competition application form and upload it to SGSSS Apply by 5.00pm Friday 1st December 2023. Applicants will be asked to also upload copies of their transcripts, CV and two references.

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


PhD Application: Monday 13th November 2023

SGSSS Apply registration and submission: Friday 1st December 2023

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

Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by the School. Shortlisted candidates will then need to be selected by the University panel for a University of Edinburgh nomination. Nominated candidates will then have the opportunity to work with supervisors to develop the full application for submission to the SGSSS before 22nd February 2024.


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

Psychology Unit of Assessment representative: Jasmin Wertz

School Postgraduate Research Administration