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Applying for Funding from the DTP

We are offering a number of Joint and Collaborative project-led studentships for October 2018 entry. For information on the different projects available and how to apply please visit our Collaborative and Joint Studentships page.
The competition for pathway-specific ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership studentships commencing in October 2018 has now closed

The Midlands Graduate School DTP makes an annual award of a large number of studentships to outstanding applicants across the Social Sciences. The studentships are linked to disciplinary and inter-disciplinary training pathways, and some have a built-in element of collaboration. A Masters is not a prerequisite for studying at the Midlands Graduate School DTP. A range of training programmes are available based on an assessment of the applicant’s prior learning and training needs.

All studentships can be offered on a full or part time basis.

There are 17 training pathways available across the six universities in the DTP consortium. Not all pathways are available at all universities. You can use the lists below to browse pathways and institutions, or you can download a PDF grid summarising who offers each pathway (PDF Document).

If you are not sure which training pathway your proposed research project fits into please contact the pathway lead at the University you would like to study at.

For information on submitting an ESRC DTP scholarship application please visit our 'How to Apply' pages. Please also check your eligibility to apply for a MGS ESRC Studentship by visiting our Eligibility Requirements page.

Browse by pathway

Select a pathway title from the list below to find out which consortium partner offers programmes in that area.

Browse by partner

Select a consortium partner from the list below to find out which pathways are offered at that university.

Applied Linguistics

Area Studies

Communication & Media

Economic & Social History



Health & Wellbeing and Mental Health & Wellbeing

Human Geography

Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Digital Society

Management & Business Studies and Finance

Museum Studies

Political Science & International Relations


Social Policy and Social Work

Socio-Legal Studies


Sport & Exercise Science

Aston University

University of Birmingham

University of Leicester

Loughborough University

University of Nottingham

University of Warwick