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Eligibility Requirements

Full Award Residential Conditions

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees), you must have each of the following:

  • Have settled status in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay.
  • Have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship grant. This means you must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences).
  • Not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. *This does not apply to UK and EU nationals*.

Fees Only Award

If you are a citizen of an EU country but do not qualify for the Full Award you can apply for a fees only award, which covers fee payments but does not include a maintenance grant.

To be eligible for a fees only award, you must:

  • Be ordinarily resident in an EU member state, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

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

Note: These eligibility criteria are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1997 and subsequent amendments. These regulations cover England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Limited relaxation of student eligibility requirements in strategic areas

The ESRC has agreed to relax the rules around international eligibility in strategic areas and the Midlands Graduate School DTP has relaxed the residential rules for international students in Economics. This may allow some students without prior residency in the UK to be eligible for a full fee and stipend award. International students (both EU and overseas students) are eligible to apply for MGS funding in the Economics pathway.

In all other areas, overseas students are not eligible to apply for funding from the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP and any ineligible applications submitted will not be considered.

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.