Working together to
promote and advance
Economics and the
Social Sciences through
research, innovation
and dedication.

Tuition fees

For home students, all tuition fees will be covered; for International students, a contribution of £4,596 (23-24) or £4,786 (24-25) can be made p/a (FT rate)


Tax-free stipend,
worth £18,622 (2023-24) and £19,237 (2024-25)

Research Support

Additional funding for fieldwork, research activity and placements


Benefit from the combined training offerings across the DTP

Cohort & Collaboration

Work with peers, colleagues and partners in a dynamic, evolving research environment

Why apply for NINE DTP ESRC funding?

A NINE DTP studentship provides a significant number of benefits and opportunities.

NINE DTP award-holders have their UK student tuition fees paid and/or waived for the full duration of the period of study. This includes fees for those candidates who also need to undertake a Masters course, or a six-month research methods course.

A NINE DTP ESRC award also provides an annual tax-free stipend, set at £18,622 for 2023-24, and at £19,237 for 2024-25. These monies are paid to the student directly.

In addition to covering fees and the stipend, a NINE DTP award provides a significant number of additional benefits.

Award-holders can receive support to develop research skills, whether by attending DTP organised events and workshops, or by accessing the training support fund to participate in national and international training courses and opportunities.

Our scholars can also apply for funding to undertake research. We provide funding for fieldwork, both overseas and in the UK, and can fund attendance / participation in conferences and research events. Funding can also be sought to purchase equipment and books, where appropriate.

We further encourage and support our award-holders to work with partners and external organisations. By funding activities which promote collaboration with partners, both academic and non-academic, we allow our scholars to develop and evidence professional research skills and develop good practice in research dissemination, application and impact. NINE DTP expects all students to complete 12 weeks on placement and we have staff dedicated to facilitating these placements, whether through one of our placement partners or with the RCUK Policy Internship Scheme. We can further fund Overseas Institutional Visits, providing our scholars with an opportunity to travel to institutions around the world to develop networks, disseminate research findings, and develop skills and abilities.

Finally, an ESRC studentship is an internationally recognised  mark of excellence, proving that the student has met the exceedingly high standards required to receive funding.

Working in accordance with the rigorous standards of the ESRC, NINE DTP students will benefit from exceptional supervision, with all pathways embedded in departments which have been ranked as being internationally excellent, or world leading. Our training is led by experts in their fields, and students will receive dedicated support to help them take advantage of the additional funding and opportunities that will be available to them.

Our Supervisors will work with students on the Development Needs Analysis, identifying opportunities which can assist the award-holder in progressing their research, and developing the skills, knowledge and experience to thrive and excel in their future careers – whether within academia, public, private or third sector industries.

We are keen to hear from all interested applicants; please feel free to contact the DTP directly at [email protected], should you have any questions. Alternatively, please do contact your potential supervisor and department, who will also be able to help you with any queries you might have.


Read more about the ESRC, and the work they undertake to advance our knowledge and understanding of Economics and the Social Sciences.

ESRC Website

How to apply for funding

Learn more about the DTP application process

Application Process