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ESRC Northern Ireland North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentships in the Social Sciences

Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend at the RCUK postgraduate rate (currently £14,553). Additional funding is available to cover costs of study abroad, conference attendance, fieldwork, attendance at NINE DTP cohort-building events, short-term placements and specialist skills training.

Number of awards

50 PhD studentships across the Universities of:

Start date and duration

1 October 2018

Awards are offered on a full-time or part-time basis.

Application closing date

The deadline for submitting a postgraduate application and supporting documentation is Friday 12 January 2018, 4:00pm.


Newcastle University awards NINE DTP studentships to learning pathways in the following areas:


NINE DTP funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Eligibility Criteria

NINE DTP is seeking to recruit candidates with an outstanding academic background and research potential. Candidates applying for a +3 doctoral award must also hold or be completing an ESRC-recognised Masters degree.

Applicants must:

Current doctoral students are not eligible.

Further details about the ESRC’s eligibility requirements can be found in RCUK’s Training Grant Guide.

How to apply

Applicants must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system quoting ESR18 under ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ and ‘Who is your sponsor/funding body?’

Your application must include:

The research proposal for application to the DTP grant competition should be prepared in consultation with an identified research supervisor and be submitted on the correct forms.  Please make contact with the relevant School/Department through the pathway links above, or the email contact below as soon as possible for further information.  


Sarah Rylance
Doctoral Training Partnership Administrator
Tel. +44(0) 191 208 6190

Eligible Courses