Midlands Graduate School in the UK invites applications for the pathway-specific ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership studentships commencing in October 2022

g, the International Research Training Program Scholarship (IRTP) is open to highly ranked, newly commencing Research Degree students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and research potential.

The IRTP covers the tuition fees, the cost of a standard Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the scholarship holder, their spouse and dependants (if any), and a living stipend at the minimum Australian Government established indexed rate.


Worth of Award

  • All applicants will be eligible for a full award consisting of a maintenance stipend (£15,285 in 2020/21), and payment of tuition fees at the home fee rate.


To be classed as a home student, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter
  • If an applicant does not meet any of the criteria above, they will be classed as an international student.
  • Please note that we can award up to 30% of studentships to international students per cohort, and that they are awaiting confirmation on what proportion of the international tuition fee will be covered by funding from the Midlands Graduate School from each institution.
  • Policies on this may vary between institutions.
  • This guidance will be updated to confirm the fees information in advance of the open competition deadline.
  • Students intending to study part-time are eligible for an ESRC award.
  • Students are able to apply directly from undergraduate programmes (as they have a 1+3 award option with a Masters continuing onto PhD study) and they ring-fence a number of studentship awards for students applying straight from an undergraduate degree.
  • Students applying for Distance learning programmes are not eligible for an ESRC award.
  • Students who already hold an award, or who are financially supported by another organisation, which covers maintenance and/or tuition fees are not eligible for an ESRC award.
  • Students who have already commenced doctoral study are eligible to apply for an ESRC award, provided that they are within the first year of a full-time programme or the first two years of a part-time programme. However, if you have already begun your PhD, you must already have completed the required training as outlined in the Guidance Notes for Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP applicants. The ESRC does not permit the suspension of a PhD to undertake the required training modules, nor for them to run alongside year 2 and 3 of a PhD.
  • Students must usually have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first or upper second class level or equivalent professional experience.

How to Apply

Choose a Pathway and University

  • Before applying you will need to decide which of the available training pathways is most suitable for you, and which University you would like to study at.
  • For details of the relevant academic contacts for each pathway and institution please visit their Pathway Contacts page.
  • Please be aware that you will only be able to submit one funding application to the MGS DTP and you cannot apply for funding on multiple different pathways or for pathway funding at multiple MGS DTP institutions.

Apply for admission to your chosen University

  • Apply to the University to study for a research degree at your chosen university by completing an online application for PhD admission.
  • At the point of completing your application for an ESRC studentship (step 3) you only need to have submitted the PhD admissions application, and are not required to hold an offer at this stage.
  • Where a training pathway is offered in more than one department in your chosen institution, students should apply to the department most relevant to their specific research interests.

When you have applied to the University of your choice, you can then complete an application for Midlands Graduate School DTP funding.

Deadline: The competition for studentships commencing in October 2022 is now open, with a deadline of Tuesday January 18, 2022 (23:59 GMT).


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