Applying to NINE DTP

NINE DTP runs a single, combined annual studentship competition to recruit and select postgraduate students of the very highest calibre to study at Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Teesside, Sunderland, Queens, or Ulster universities.
NINE DTP operates an open competition for the awarding of studentships, which is centred on the quality of candidates and their proposed research. All decisions around which students are funded are based on clear and agreed assessment criteria.

Application Process


  • 1. Read the Guidance
    Students should ensure that they are familiar with the policies and procedures associated with the NINE DTP studentship competition – both the online information on studentships here and the full guidance document.

  • 2. Engage with prospective supervisors
    All prospective applicants are strongly advised to contact their prospective supervisor(s) to discuss their research proposals before completing their application, and should spend time preparing and developing their research questions and planned methodologies.

  • 3. Apply to the University
    Applicants need to apply to the the university which hosts the Masters and/or PhD programme which they intend to pursue.

    This is done via the university’s online application form, and applicants should indicate in the relevant portion of the form that they wish to be considered for an ESRC NINE DTP studentship.

  • 4. Additional Information
    In addition to completing the relevant University’s online application form, applicants also need to provide the following documentation to the relevant Department/School:

    1. Current CV;
    2. A research project proposal (max 2,000 words);
    3. Two references; and
    4. Transcripts of previous degree(s).
  • 5. Pathway Nominations
    Each of the training pathways will conduct a process to determine which applicants will proceed to assessment by the NINE DP Studentships Committee. This process will assess candidates across all universities in the pathway against the NINE DTP Student Assessment Scheme (Appendix 2 of the Full Guidance).

  • 6. Studentship Committee
    The NINE DTP Studentships Committee (comprising the academic leads for NINE DTP from each university and external representatives) will meet to assess all applicants nominated by pathways against the Assessment Scheme. The highest ranked applicants will be offered studentships. It is anticipated that applicants will be informed if they are successful on 22 March 2017.