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ESRC PhD Studentship Competition Social Policy and Social Work through the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC)

The School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol is pleased to be able to offer PhD studentships in Social Policy or Social Work. Studentships cover maintenance and fees for UK residents for full-time or part-time beginning in October 2014.

The School also leads the following Interdisciplinary pathways: Security, Conflict and Justice, and Health and Wellbeing.

The School for Policy Studies is committed to providing the highest standards of social policy and social work research.  Applications will be considered in any of the areas of the Schools’ national and international research expertise. Further information about the School is available at:  

 Students applying for ESRC funded scholarships are encouraged to speak to their chosen school prior to application in order to discuss their research ideas with a suitable supervisor. Students are also encouraged to look at ways of incorporating collaboration with external partners into their research proposal. Collaboration does not always have to be a financial arrangement and could take the form of a placement, voluntary work, data sharing or other payment in kind opportunities.  Students considering overseas fieldwork, overseas institutional visits or difficult language training should also mention this in their application where possible.

Application forms for Social Policy and Social Work pathways should be clearly marked ‘SPS ESRC Studentship’ (Section 6).

*** Closing date for applications is 13th February 2014. ***

The SWDTC will also accept applications for Interdisciplinary pathways (Advanced Quantitative Methods in Social Science and Health; Environment, Energy and Resilience; Global Political Economy: Transformations and Policy Analysis; Health and Wellbeing; or Security, Conflict and Justice).  

*** Closing date for applications is 13th February 2014. ***

Potential applicants are welcome to discuss these opportunities further with the Emma Western, Postgraduate Admissions (

The criteria against which applications will be assessed are:

Sasakawa Japanese Studies Studentship at the University of Bristol

This is a ‘one-year scholarship’ for PhD students who want to pursue a Japan-related topic within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Bristol, with no guarantee for further funding.

The studentship is £10k per year per student. We will nominate up to two students to the Foundation each year starting from March 2014 for 2014/15.

*** The deadline of application this year is Friday 14 March 2014.***


Both home and overseas PhD applicants who hold an unconditional offer. Continuing students are also eligible to apply.

Selection criteria

The same as UOB/ESRC studentships – based on the quality of research proposal, academic records and other relevant work experience.

For continuing students, we will assess the evidence of their progress based on results of research methods training, upgrade and supervisors’ statements.


Please email Misa Isuhara in the first instance.


You can visit the Sasakawa Foundation website here.

Other funding options

The funding priorities of research councils vary year to year, so we suggest you consult the Student Funding Office website for up to date information on sources of finance.

Home and international students can apply for the University of Bristol Postgraduate Research Scholarship which pays the difference between home and overseas fees. International students may also wish to consult the British Council, which provides advice to students wishing to travel to the UK to study.

International students may also wish to refer to the scholarship search engine.


Please check current fees on the University's Tuition Fees pages.