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ESRC Steers Competition

The ESRC Steers competition 2019 is now closed. Please only use the below information for reference.

If your EoI was successful and you have been invited to submit a full application, please do so here.

  • ESRC Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM)
  • Data Sets
  • Interdisciplinarity

We seek applications for proposals from supervisors for studentships that meet the criteria for the above awards as set out in the following Guidance on Steers and Targets. 

  • Please note that the criteria for DATA SET awards have been revised for 2019 entrants.

The lead supervisor must be a member of an HEI in Scotland that is accredited to hold studentships within their disciplinary pathway and must have undergone supervisor training within their institution within the last 5 years. Second supervisors may work within any of the SGSSS’s 16 partner HEIs. Where a successful proposal involves cross-institutional supervision then it is expected that the DTP will provide funding to the lead institution with secondary funding arrangements established with the other institution (a 70/30 model is commonly deployed).

  • Please note that applicants from Economics are not eligible to apply for the AQM competition

Time frame

Applications open


Deadline for Expression of Interest

Please note that your individual HEI may wish to deploy an earlier deadline for the expression of interest

15 October 2018

Invitation to submit full application

7 November 2018

Deadline for full applications

Please note that your individual HEI may wish to deploy an earlier deadline for the application

7 December 2018

Award outcomes communicated to applicants

mid-January 2019

PhD Studentships advertised

1 February 2019

Studentships advertisement deadline

7 May 2019

Student shortlisting and interview period

7 May to 30 May 2019

PhD positions filled

June 2019