NINE DTP Studentships

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    Tuition Fees Paid

    NINE DTP studentships cover the cost of tuition fees for Masters and Doctoral studies

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    Tax-free Maintenance Grant

    NINE DTP studentships include a tax-free stipend at the standard ESRC rate (currently £14,296)

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    Research Training Support and Overseas Fieldwork

    NINE DTP Studentships include funding for research training support (c. £750 per year), support for overseas fieldwork and other activities

Types of Awards


These awards are for undergraduate applicants wishing to complete a research training Masters degree and then move on to a PhD. Students who have only completed or are in the process of completing an undergraduate degree and wish to study for a PhD must apply for these awards.
These awards are for applicants who have already completed or who are in process of completing a Masters degree, which incorporated 60 credits or more of research methods training and who are wishing to commence a PhD directly.
This special type of award is for students who have already or who are in the in the process of completing a Masters degree that does not involve 60 credits or more of research methods training, and who are wishing to start a PhD directly. +3.5 Year award-holders are granted six (6) months additional funding at the start of their studies to undertake a 60-credit Certificate in Research Methods, which is based on Durham’s and Newcastle’s respective Masters in Research Methods programmes.
These awards are granted to students to complete a language-based Masters degree, which also includes research methods training, and then move on to a PhD.

Part-Time Studentships

All of the training pathways and award types are also available on a part-time basis. Studentships can be held on a part-time basis subject to a minimum time commitment of 50per cent.

Training Pathways

NINE DTP offers studentships in the following single-discipline and interdisciplinary training pathways:

Single-discipline Pathways

Interdisciplinary Pathways

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Durham University

Newcastle University

Queen’s University Belfast

 

Apply to:

Durham University

Newcastle University

Queen’s University Belfast

Sunderland University

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Teesside University

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Ulster University

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Apply to:

Durham University

Newcastle University

Queen’s University Belfast

Ulster University

Eligibility

Academic Qualifications and Experience

Applicants applying for a studentship must hold or be predicted a First or a good 2:1 undergraduate degree in the social sciences, or have relevant comparable experience.

A masters is not a prerequisite for studying at the North East DTC. A range of training programmes are available based on an assessment of the applicant’s prior learning and training needs. All studentships can be offered on a full or part time basis.

Additionally, if you are applying for a +3 award then you must also hold or be completing a Masters degree in the social sciences, which includes at least 60 credits of research methods training.

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 in the 2017/18 academic year, which starts from October 2017. Awards cannot be deferred and selected candidates will be assumed to be starting their studies in October 2017 unless there are exceptional circumstances.


Residence

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:

  • 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.

Full details about the ESRC’s residency requirements can be found here.