Closing date: 3 February 2020

Swansea University, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP studentship. These studentships are available to start in October 2020. We expect to make doctoral studentship awards in the areas of:

  • Bilingualism
  • Business & Management
  • Criminology
  • Data Science, Health & Wellbeing
  • Digital Economy & Society
  • Economics*
  • Empirical Studies in Law
  • Human Geography
  • Linguistics
  • Psychology
  • Sport & Exercise Science

Swansea University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and most* studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full time year of research training Master’s followed by three years of full-time doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.

*Studentships in Economics will be awarded as either ‘1+2’ (one full time year undertaking the MRes Advanced Economics at Cardiff University followed by two years of doctoral study at Swansea University) or ‘1+1+2’ (two full time years at Cardiff University completing the MSc Economics and MRes Advanced Economics, followed by two years of doctoral study at Swansea University).

Begin your postgraduate research journey at Swansea University: a top 30 research university (REF 2014) producing internationally recognised research that makes a real difference to society. We provide a welcoming environment for PhD researchers with specialist training, advice and development opportunities. As an ESRC Wales DTP researcher, you will also benefit from cohort-based networking events and dedicated ESRC Wales DTP student representatives at each campus.


These studentships are ‘open’ awards. Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the University and to discuss their draft application. Information on the research interests of our staff can be found on the Swansea University webpages. Short descriptions of each accredited pathway are available on the ESRC Wales DTP website. The Swansea-based representative for each of the pathways may be able to advise you. They are:

Informal enquiries about these studentships are welcome, and should be directed to the relevant pathway contact listed above.

For more details please see here:

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

The application must contain the following documents, and be submitted to [email protected]:

  1. Covering letter: Please address to the relevant pathway contact (listed above under Supervision). The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Swansea University, and the chosen pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly of those relating to your proposed research. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please specify whether you wish to apply on a ‘+3’ or ‘1+3’ basis (or ‘1+2’ / ‘1+1+2’ for Economics). Remember also to specify that your application concerns ESRC Wales DTP general studentships and include in your application the name(s) of your prospective supervisor(s).
  2. Academic / professional qualifications: Please provide copies of certificates and transcripts. Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).
  3. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves, and submit the references with their application.
  4. Curriculum Vitae: It should be no longer than two pages.
  5. Research Proposal: The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1,000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:
  • Title, aims and purpose of the research;
  • Brief overview of the academic literature relevant to your field;
  • Proposed design / methods;
  • Academic contributions of your research;
  • Bibliographic references.

Please note that incomplete applications or applications received after the specified time will not be accepted.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 3 February 2020.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview; interviews are expected to take place in March 2020. After interview, a final shortlist of applicants will be put forward to a panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. In most cases, successful applicants can expect to hear by mid-April 2020.

Entry Requirements

Residential eligibility:

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. You must:

• be ordinarily resident in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay, and

• have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship grant. This means you must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences), and

• not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK nationals and EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education).

Due to funding restrictions, these scholarships are not open to international candidates.

Academic eligibility:

ESRC studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should have an excellent background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Master’s degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a ‘+3’ award.


Full-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold either a full-time job, or a permanent part-time job, during the period of their award. Part-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold a full-time job.

Funding Notes

Each studentship provides the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend. There will be additional funds available for research expenses.

Studentship awards commence in October 2020 and will cover your tuition fees as well as provide a maintenance grant (currently £15,009 per annum for 2019/20 for full-time students, updated each year) and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, oversea institutional visits and other small grants.

A ‘1+3’ studentship (or ‘1+1+2’ for Economics) provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent). A ‘+3’ studentship (or ‘1+2’ for Economics) provides funding for three years only (or part-time equivalent).

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

UK/EU students

Application Deadline:

3 February 2020

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