We are the largest UK funding organisation for research and postgraduate training in the economic and social sciences. Our focus is on funding excellent, independent, social science which has impact.

If you are a prospective student you should apply directly to the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) at which you wish to study. We do not provide funding to students directly. If you wish to apply for postgraduate funding you must apply to one of our DTCs.

Being an ESRC student means that you are:

  • funded to receive research training in one of the UK’s top social science training institutions
  • able to access a Research Training Support Grant to cover the costs of additional training, conference attendance and fieldwork
  • invited to attend our student conferences which are specifically designed to help you make the most of your PhD.

Our postgraduate students are the UK’s best social science students, selected through open and transparent competitions, managed through our network of Doctoral Training Centres.

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