Apply to the SWDTP
Students may apply to any of the SWDTP pathways. Full details of the disciplinary and interdisciplinary pathways can be found on the SWDTP website.
Studentships at the University of Bristol
Fully funded ESRC studentships are available at the University of Bristol for September 2021/22, as detailed on our scholarships webpage. Applicants may apply to one or more pathways but please note the ESRC's eligibility criteria for overseas and EU students.
Students wishing to apply for ESRC funding can apply for either a MSc/MRes followed by PhD programme (1+3 award) or PhD only (+3 award). However, students wishing to undertake PhD only (+3 awards) must meet the ESRC criteria in terms of previous master's level study and should read the SWDTP Admissions Statement for further information.
Students applying for ESRC funded scholarships must speak to their chosen school prior to application in order to discuss their research ideas with a suitable supervisor. Students are 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 mention this in their application where possible.
Visit www.swdtp.ac.uk for further information.
Applying for the studentship
Applications now open for a September 2021/22 start. SWDTP Deadline: Tuesday 19 January 2021 at noon.
**Note: You must hold an offer from the University of Bristol before applying for an ESRC studentship.**
1) Before applying for an ESRC studentship
Students must first apply to the University of Bristol for their desired MSc/MRes followed by PhD (1+3 award) or PhD only (+3 award) programme using the University of Bristol's postgraduate application form.
In the university application form, students need to indicate that they wish to be considered for the ESRC studentship in the "fees and funding" section.
2) On receipt of an offer for your programme from the University of Bristol
Students are then required to complete the SWDTP application. This is comprised of a Student Statement, Supervisor Statement and Equal Opportunities Form. Students must discuss their application with their prospective supervisor before submitting it.
To be considered for an ESRC studentship at the University of Bristol, the SWDTP application needs to be emailed to the admissions administrator in your prospective school of study:
- School of Accounting and Finance: email@example.com
- School of Economics: firstname.lastname@example.org
- School of Education: email@example.com
- School of Geographical Studies (Human Geography): firstname.lastname@example.org
- School of Management: email@example.com
- School for Policy Studies: firstname.lastname@example.org
- School of Psychological Science: email@example.com
- School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies: firstname.lastname@example.org
- University of Bristol Law School: email@example.com
Any general enquiries relating to the SWDTP should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.