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Eligibility Requirements

The Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP is delighted to open this year’s studentship competition, for entry in October 2022, to both home and international students. All applicants will be eligible for a full award consisting of a maintenance stipend (£15,609 in 2021/22; rate to be confirmed for 2022/23), and payment of tuition fees at the home fee rate.

Eligibility

To be classed as a home student, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

If an applicant does not meet any of the criteria above, they will be classed as an international student. Please note that we can award up to 30% of studentships to international students per cohort.

Please see below for each institutional position on what proportion of the international tuition fee will be covered for successful international MGS applicants. This guidance is correct at the time of writing for international students beginning in October 2022. Any changes to this guidance will be confirmed prior to the application deadline in January 2022.

Aston University - International students awarded funding through the MGS at Aston University will be required to fund the difference between home and international fee rates from alternative funding sources. Neither the MGS DTP or Aston University can provide funds to cover this difference.

University of Birmingham - The position taken by the University of Birmingham will be confirmed shortly. Applicants to the University of Birmingham should check this page regularly for updates.

University of Leicester - As international tuition fees are higher than UK tuition fees, you might want to look into ways that you can cover the difference in fees. There are several different ways to do this:

  • Some schools at the university have funding available to cover the difference. To find out if the School you are applying to has funding to cover the difference between UK and international fees, please contact the University of Leicester directly – esrcdtp@leicester.ac.uk.
  • Get a third-party sponsor to cover you.
  • Cover the difference yourself.

Loughborough University - International students awarded funding through the MGS at Loughborough University will be required to fund the difference between home and international fee rates from alternative funding sources. Neither the MGS DTP or Loughborough University can provide funds to cover this difference.

University of Nottingham - The University of Nottingham will be offering a limited number of Fee Scholarships to international applicants who are successful in securing studentship funding from MGS. The Fee Scholarship will be used to cover the difference between the level of home fees and international fees.

University of Warwick - International students awarded funding through the MGS at the University of Warwick will not be required to cover the difference between home and international fees.

Residency requirements for UK nationals

In terms of residency requirements for UK nationals, for courses starting from 1st August 2021, candidates will continue to be eligible for home fee status as long as:

  • they were living in the EEA or Switzerland on 31st December 2020, and have lived in the EEA, Switzerland, the UK or Gibraltar for at least the last 3 years before starting a course in the UK
  • have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, the UK or Gibraltar between 31st December 2020 and the start of the course
  • the course starts before 1st January 2028

Residency requirements for those with pre-settled status

If applicants do not have 5 years’ continuous residence in the UK when they apply to the EU settlement scheme, they will usually get pre-settled status. They must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.

Those with pre-settled status will qualify as a home student if they have 3 years’ residency in the UK/EEA/Gibraltar/Switzerland immediately before the start of their course.

For more detailed guidance regarding residential eligibility please refer to the ESRC website.

Other Eligibility Criteria

  • Students intending to study part-time are eligible for an ESRC award.
  • Students are able to apply directly from undergraduate programmes (as we have a 1+3 award option with a Masters continuing onto PhD study) and we ring-fence a number of studentship awards for students applying straight from an undergraduate degree.
  • Students applying for Distance Learning programmes are not eligible for an ESRC award.
  • Students who already hold an award, or who are financially supported by another organisation, which covers maintenance and/or tuition fees are not eligible for an ESRC award.
  • Students who have already commenced doctoral study are eligible to apply for an ESRC award, provided that they are within the first year of a full-time programme or the first two years of a part-time programme. However, if you have already begun your PhD, you must already have completed the required training as outlined in the Guidance Notes for Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP applicants. The ESRC does not permit the suspension of a PhD to undertake the required training modules, nor for them to run alongside year 2 and 3 of a PhD.
  • Students must usually have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first or upper second class level or equivalent professional experience.
  • The proposed research project must fall within the ESRC's scientific remit.