ESRC Studentships

The University of Oxford, along with the Open University and Brunel University, form the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), one of 14 DTPs accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council. 

Our Grand Union brings together Brunel University London, the Open University (OU) and the University of Oxford to create a social science research training community with distinctive and complementary research strengths, student profiles and approaches to research training.

Together we combine:

  • world-leading research excellence
  • a dynamic student-centred approach to postgraduate training, and
  • a firm commitment to intellectual exploration and widening participation.

By working in partnership we are able to develop new thematic training pathways, to expand our provision of cross-institutional training and co-supervision, and ensure our scholars benefit from the best elements of all three universities.

Our partnership also brings together our academics, building collaborations and new thematic research networks. Each university will learn from the others, sharing innovations in doctoral pedagogy, knowledge exchange, collaboration and widening access.

Please visit the Grand Union website for further information.

The University is one of the major providers of social science research training in the UK, and has one of the largest and most diverse pools of academic social scientists producing internationally recognised research. It is home to a number of outstanding departments, which are committed to research to develop a greater understanding of all aspects of society.

We are able to submit a number of nominations for consideration, and are pleased to invite applications for Masters-to-DPhil or DPhil programmes. Additional studentships are available to be taken in the Department for the DPhil programme if the research makes extensive use of advanced quantitative methods

Holders of ESRC studentships receive the following benefits:

  • University fees - fully covered by the ESRC and the department.
  • College fees - fully covered by the department.
  • £14,296 per year at 2016-17 rates.
  • Eligiblity to apply for additional funding - RTSG, overseas fieldwork expenses, extensions for difficult language training, ESRC internships, internship support scheme funding.

Please apply using the standard graduate application form, and confirm with the Department that you wish to be considered for an ESRC studentship.  For details on applying to Oxford, go to the Graduate Admissions website. 

Please ensure that you include a research proposal with your admissions application which can be incorporated within the 'Statement of Purpose' if applying for the 1+3 or 2+2 Masters courses. Please note: to be considered for an ESRC studentship award, you must apply by the January admissions application deadline.

If you require further information please email scholarships(at) or telephone 0044 (0)1865 270326.