To be eligible for funding, you will need to meet the official ESRC requirements, as specified in their Postgraduate Funding Guidelines.
Please note: eligibility for funding does not guarantee you eligibility for a place at the University of your choice, which will have separate eligibility requirements.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

Applicants applying for a studentship must hold or be predicted a First or a good Upper Second Class undergraduate degree in the social sciences, or have relevant comparable experience.

A Masters degree is not a prerequisite for studying with the NINE DTP. Applicants without relevant training to Masters level can apply for Master plus PhD (a 1+3 award) funding. All studentships can be offered on a full or part time basis.

If you are applying for PhD funding (a +3 award) you must hold or be completing a Masters degree in the social sciences, which includes at least 60 credits of research methods training. Applicants with Masters degrees that do not include research methods training can be offered funding for 3.5 years to enable them to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods.

Commencement of Awards

To be eligible for a studentship in this current recruitment round you must be applying to commence a programme of postgraduate study which starts from October 2020. Awards cannot be deferred and selected candidates will be assumed to be starting their studies in October 2020 unless there are exceptional circumstances.


To qualify for a full studentship, you must:

  • 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.
  • Economics and Finance studentships are open to all students regardless of their nationality.

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
  • NINE DTP will seek where possible to provide a maintenance grant from institutional funds.

Further details about the ESRC’s residency requirements can be found in the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guidelines.