Am I eligible for an ESRC studentship?

We base eligibility for studentships on academic and residential conditions. Our Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) make the final decisions on eligibility. If you have any questions about eligibility please speak to the relevant DTC contact (PDF, 66Kb) directly, and they will advise you on academic and residency requirements.

Academic conditions

In order to receive ESRC studentship funding you must have qualifications/experience equal to the standard of a good honours degree at a first or upper second class level from a UK academic research organisation.

Degree qualifications gained from outside the UK, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience that is equivalent to a relevant UK degree, may be accepted.

Residential conditions

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees), you must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay.
  • 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 been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK and EU nationals.

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.

Note: These eligibility criteria are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1997 and subsequent amendments. These regulations cover England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Further information 

Our full guidelines are available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide for accredited Doctoral Training Centres (PDF, 379Kb) (links updated February 2014).

If, having read the Postgraduate Funding Guide, you have questions that relate to your specific case, please contact the DTC to which you plan to apply.

Limited relaxation of student eligibility requirements in strategic areas

Some DTCs have relaxed the residential rules for international students in Economics and Advanced Quantitative Methods. This may allow some students without prior residency in the UK to be eligible for a full fee and stipend award.

Please speak to the relevant DTC contact (PDF, 66Kb) to discuss individual DTC policies.