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The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science awards around 50 ESRC-funded studentships annually across the Student-led ‘Open’ competition and the Supervisor-led ‘Steers’ and ‘Collaborative’ competitions.

Twelve studentships within this allocation are for specific ‘steer’ awards which the ESRC has granted SGSSS. These steers reflect the strength of Scotland’s research community in data skills and interdisciplinarity. These awards, across the Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM), DATA SET and Interdisciplinary steers, are a welcome addition to our long-established Supervisor-led Collaborative and Student-led Open Competitions.

Student-led Competition

Students apply to the Open Competition with their own PhD topic proposal, supported by the potential supervisor and host institution. The competition opens for applications in November each year with a closing deadline the following January.

Supervisor-led Competitions

Supervisors apply with proposals for PhD projects via the AQM, DATA SET or Interdisciplinary steers or Collaborative/SDS Collaborative competitions. Successful supervisors then advertise for a student to undertake the awarded PhD.

Details on eligibility for ESRC PhD studentships can be found here.

Use the below tiles to find out more information about each of our studentship competitions.