Doctoral Training Partnerships
and the ESRC

Teesside University

In 2016, the universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Queen’s, Sunderland, Teesside and Ulster received accreditation from the Economic and Social Research Council to form a Doctoral Training Partnership.

The Northern Ireland and North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership receives funding of over £2 million a year from the ESRC to fund Doctoral Training across our partner institutions, with over 50 studentships on offer each year.

With a total of 18 distinct training pathways on offer, with both single and multi-disciplinary foci, the Partnership is dedicated to creating a centre of excellence in Doctoral Training across the North East of England and Northern Ireland, bringing together our institutions, students and partners to create a vibrant and dynamic environment in which innovative economic and social science research can thrive.

Who are the ESRC?

The Economic and Social Research Council is the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. With a wide-ranging remit, supporting research which shapes public policy, and informs best practice in the public and private sectors, the ESRC play a central role in advancing civil society through research.
Find out more about the ESRC.

What is a Doctoral Training Partnership?

The Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) network has been established by the ESRC to provide and promote excellence in the field of Postgraduate Social Science Research. NINE is one of fifteen Doctoral Training Partnerships which have been accredited to deliver Doctoral Training, creating opportunities for students to forge links across institutional boundaries, and the public, private and third sectors.

What does a Doctoral Training Partnership do?

Doctoral Training Partnerships provide support and training to outstanding postgraduate researchers. By providing funds to cover tuition fees, training and developmental activities, alongside a tax-free stipend, DTPs play a key role in developing new generations of excellent researchers.

Our wider services to business, industry and the community

By providing funding and support to research across the full disciplinary scope of economic and social research, we seek to contribute to public, private and third sector partners through exemplary and innovative research, knowledge exchange and the delivery of research impact.