Various Subjects: Swansea University ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership General Studentships 2019

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 1 February 2019

Swansea University, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP studentship. These studentships are available to start in October 2019. We expect to make doctoral studentship awards in the areas of:
BilingualismBusiness & ManagementCriminologyData Science, Health & WellbeingDigital Economy & SocietyEconomics\*Empirical Studies in LawHuman GeographyLinguisticsPsychologySport & Exercise Science
Swansea University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and most\* studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full time year of research training Master's followed by three years of full-time doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.
\Studentships in Economics will be awarded as either ‘1+2’ (one full time year undertaking the MRes Advanced Economics at Cardiff University followed by two years of doctoral study at Swansea University) or ‘1+1+2’ (two full time years at Cardiff University completing the MSc Economics and MRes Advanced Economics, followed by two years of doctoral study at Swansea University).
Research is at the core of Swansea University’s vision. We aim to foster research excellence across a broad range of subject areas, with internationally leading research staff informing all our teaching. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, showed that Swansea is now a top 30 research university, soaring up the leagues table to 26th in the UK from 52nd position in 2008.
These studentships are ‘open’ awards. Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the University and to discuss their draft application. Information on the research interests of our staff can be found on the Swansea University webpages. Short descriptions of each accredited pathway are available on the ESRC Wales DTP website. The Swansea-based representative for each of the pathways may be able to advise you. They are: 
Bilingualism (Professor Jim Milton)Business & Management (Professor Mike Williams)Criminology (Dr Caroline Jones)Data Science, Health & Wellbeing (Dr Kerina Jones)Digital Economy & Society (Dr Matthew Roach)Economics (Professor David Blackaby)Empirical Studies in Law (Dr Caroline Jones)Human Geography (Professor Dave Clarke)Linguistics (Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus)Psychology (Dr Kim Drake)Sport & Exercise Science (Dr Camilla Knight)
Informal enquiries about these studentships are welcome, and should be directed to the relevant pathway contact listed above.


Residential eligibility:
Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. You must:
  • be ordinarily resident in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay, and
  • have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for at least 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), and
  • not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK nationals and EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education).

Due to funding restrictions, these scholarships are not open to international candidates.
Academic eligibility:
ESRC studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should have an excellent background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Master's degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a ‘+3’ award.
Full-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold either a full-time job, or a permanent part-time job, during the period of their award. Part-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold a full-time job.


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Each studentship provides the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend. There will be additional funds available for research expenses.
Studentship awards commence in October 2019 and will cover your tuition fees as well as provide a maintenance grant (currently ÂŁ14,777 per annum for 2018/19 for full-time students, updated each year) and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, oversea institutional visits and other small grants.
A ‘1+3’ studentship (or ‘1+1+2’ for Economics) provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent). A ‘+3’ studentship (or ‘1+2’ for Economics) provides funding for three years only (or part-time equivalent).


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