Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postgraduate Student Funding

Welcome to the University of Glasgow guide to ESRC Postgraduate studentship funding. These pages contain information for prospective and current students and staff and details about current scholarship application rounds.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funds research and training in social and economic issues including issues of importance to business, the public sector and government.  The ESRC is an independent organisation, established by Royal Charter, but it receives most of its funding from the Government.  More information on the ESRC can be obtained from the ESRC website.

The PGR Service provides central administration, monitoring and reporting for ESRC studentships in conjunction with the College Graduate Schools.  The College Graduate Schools provide general administration and day-to-day support to ESRC funded postgraduate students.

ESRC Scotland Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentships

The DTP replaced the previous ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and the first cohort of students started on 1 October 2017.  The Scottish DTP is the biggest in the UK, and maintains Scotland's share of UK studentship funding.  Each year there are multiple opportunities for studentship funding through the DTP.

Students may also be interested in learning more about the UK Data Service, funded by the ESRC or the National Centre for Research Methods.  Both organisation offer events, webinars and workshops:

ESRC Scotland Doctoral Training Partnership

The University of Glasgow is a member institution of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS), at the heart of the SGSSS is the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (ESRC DTP).  The DTP offers ESRC-accredited training in 15 discipline areas called "pathways".  Each pathway involves collaboration across a number of Scottish universities to make sure the best expertise gets to the right students.  View a list of pathways at the University of Glasgow. For information on the other institutions involved in the DTP, please see the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science website.

ESRC Studentships are available through these pathways or in collaboration with the Scottish Government and other partner organisations.  Please see our ESRC applications website for further details and deadlines.

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science awards approximately 60 ESRC-funded PhD studentships annually across the Student-led Open Competition and the Supervisor-led Steers and Collaborative Competitions. 

If you have any questions after consulting the application procedure, please contact your prospective graduate school office or email