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Our Eligibility information is currently being updated in accordance with new ESRC guidance. Please check back in October 2020.

At a glance

ESRC grants are available for students who:

  • meet the residency criteria (EU or UK residency, see below for details)
  • hold or are predicted to get a First class or good 2.1 degree or have relevant comparable experience
  • have been nominated by one of the ESRC eligible institutions
  • hold a conditional or unconditional offer of a place in a relevant discipline on a PhD programme at an eligible institution (some institutions confirm offers of a place once the award of a studentship has been made) 

Eligibility in more detail

SGSSS funds postgraduate students with outstanding academic backgrounds and research potential. All applicants are expected to meet the ESRC Eligibility criteria summarized in the ESRC Funding Guide. Applicants must hold or be predicted a First or a good 2:1 undergraduate degree in the social sciences, or have relevant comparable experience. Additionally, if you are applying for a +3 award then you must also hold or be completing a Masters degree in the social sciences, which satisfies the ESRC 2015 methods training requirements.

An applicant must be a United Kingdom citizen or be a resident of another European Union country in all subject areas. European Union applicants who have not been resident in the UK for the last three (3) years before the start of their studentship are only eligible for a fees-only award. 

Please note, that a proportion of economics awards (35%) can be made to EU students and to international students as fully funded awards.  For further information on residential guidelines, please refer to the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide, Annex 1

SGSSS welcomes applications from full-time PhD students in their first year of study, or part-time PhD students in their second year. However if you will have completed more than one full year’s study or equivalent, we regard you as having completed a substantial proportion of a PhD and you are therefore no longer eligible to apply for funding through us.

Part-time scholarships are not available to applicants who intend to be in full-time employment.