Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology enjoys continuing high levels of success through the three pathways within the school: Human Geography, Sociology and Politics & International Relations.

Applicants can be submitted to one of three pathways through the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology;

  • Human Geography
  • Politics and International relations
  • Sociology

For ESRC DTC studentships relating to an Iberian and/or Latin American focus please refer to these MA and PhD funding opportunities.

Newcastle University research institutes may also advertise specific bursaries and scholarship funding opportunities.

How to Apply

The call for applications for 2016 entry is now open. Details of how to apply can be found on the NEDTC website.

Applicants should register their interest with their potential supervisors by Monday 11th January in order to develop an application in time for the deadline.
Due to the time required to develop an excellent, fundable application, expressions of interest received after that date cannot be considered.

International Students

International students will only be eligible for an ESRC award if they have a relevant connection with the UK. A relevant connection may be established if:

  • you have been ordinarily resident* in the UK or Islands throughout the three- year period immediately preceding the start of the course; and
  • you have not been resident in the UK, during any part of that three-year period, wholly or mainly for the purposes of full time education (EU students see below)
  • you have settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (i.e. you are not subject to any restriction on the period for which you may stay).

*Ordinarily resident is defined as a ‘habitual and normal residence from choice and for a settled purpose throughout the prescribed period, apart from temporary or occasional absences of the applicant, their spouse, civil partner or parent’.

Following the Bidar Judgement in 2005, EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for three years immediately preceding the date of an award, including for purposes of full time education, are now eligible for a full grant. Check the ESRC website for more details: .Guidance for applicants | ESRC | The Economic and Social Research Council