Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships

Lancaster University forms part of the ESRC's North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP). Each year at least 65 studentships, covering tuition and maintenance, are available for those wishing to study in areas covered by the ESRC at Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, or Keele.

Candidates may apply for funding towards Master's and doctoral (1+3) study or doctoral study only, and be full-time or part-time. The NWSSDTP does not fund standalone Master's programmes.

Apply for a place on a programme by Friday 12 January 2024 AND submit a NWSSDTP Funding Application by Monday 26 February 2024 (5pm)

Applicants must be planning to study in one of the following ESRC-approved pathways

The relevant FASS programmes are shown in each category.

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How to Apply for ESRC funding

Apply to a programme in one of the ESRC-approved pathways.

Please indicate in your programme application that you are applying for ESRC funding in the 'Source of Funding' section.

If you have already submitted your programme application, please contact us at

NB: To apply for an award, candidates must have applied for a place on a programme by Friday 12 January 2024

Students will normally be expected to have been offered a place on one of the programmes eligible for NWSSDTP funding before submitting their NWSSDTP Studentship Application (please see the list of eligible programmes for each pathway above). However, Studentship Applications will be accepted from students who have submitted their institutional application but have yet to receive a formal offer, providing that such an offer has been made by the time of the Studentship Allocation meeting, which will take place on 22nd April 2024. In no case will an NWSSDTP Studentship be officially awarded until the student has secured a conditional or unconditional place at their university.

You will find the application form at the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) applications page, along with further information and guidance notes.

It is strongly recommended that the two references required have been written specifically in support of your funding application. Details can be found in the Studentship Application Guidance (Appendix 2). Please note that all references need to be signed on official letterhead and that you will need to provide the two references along with your funding application, otherwise it will not be accepted.

Please check that you meet the academic and residential eligibility criteria on page 2 of the guidance notes before applying.

Applications should be made on the NWSSDTP application form, along with a completed equal opportunities form, two references and copies of your academic transcripts.

Send your completed ESRC application form and supporting documents to putting your name and ‘ESRC Application’ in the subject of your e-mail. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once your application has been received. Once we have processed your application we will contact you if we require any further information from you.

Deadline: Monday 26th February 2024 by 17.00.

Further information about the provision and funding offered by the NWSSDTP is available on the NWSSTDP website.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Pathway Representatives

Please contact your Pathway Representative in the first instance if you need help completing your ESRC application form. If help is still required contact

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Madeline-Sophie Abbas

Dr Madeline-Sophie Abbas

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Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World

James Fraser

Dr James Fraser

Senior Lecturer

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Economic and Social History

Mark Hurst

Dr Mark Hurst

Lecturer in the History of Human Rights

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Educational Research

Richard Budd

Dr Richard Budd

Lecturer in Higher Education

Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation, Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education

Geography and the Environment

Giovanni Bettini

Dr Giovanni Bettini

Senior Lecturer

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Language Based Area Studies

Charlotte Baker

Professor Charlotte Baker

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Professor Simon Mabon

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Margriet Groen

Dr Margriet Groen

Senior Lecturer

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Social Anthropology

Elizabeth Shove

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Social Statistics

Andrew Titman

Professor Andrew Titman

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Claire Waterton

Professor Claire Waterton

Professor Emerita

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Socio-Legal Studies

Steven Wheatley

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