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How to apply

Doctoral studentships are available across a number of training pathways and departments, including collaborative studentships, for entry in October 2018. The competition for pathway-specific ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership studentships is now live, and the deadline is Thursday 18th January 2018 (23:59 GMT).

If you are interested in applying for an ESRC studentship with the Midlands Graduate School DTP please complete the following steps:

1. Choose a Pathway and University

Before applying you will need to decide which of the available training pathways is most suitable for you, and which University you would like to study at. For details of the relevant academic contacts for each pathway and institution please visit our Pathway Contacts page.

Please be aware that you will only be able to submit one funding application to the MGS DTP and you cannot apply for funding on multiple different pathways or for pathway funding at multiple MGS DTP institutions.

Please also check your eligibility to apply for a MGS ESRC Studentship by visiting our Eligibility Requirements page.

2. Apply for admission to your chosen University

Apply to the University to study for a research degree at your chosen university by completing an online application for PhD admission.

Where a training pathway is offered in more than one department in your chosen institution, students should apply to the department most relevant to their specific research interests.

Details on how to apply for doctoral study at each institution (including information on the institution's PhD programmes linked to the relevant DTP training pathway) are listed on the relevant institution pages:

Aston University University of Birmingham University of Leicester
Loughborough University University of Nottingham University of Warwick


3. Complete an Application for an ESRC studentship

When you have applied to the University of your choice, you can then complete an application for Midlands Graduate School DTP funding. You can access the online application form via the institution pages listed above. Please ensure that you read the Guidance Notes for Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP applicants before applying.

Contents of the studentship application

Application form

In your funding application form you will be asked for more details about your research topic and given space to tell us about relevant achievements and experience in support of your studentship application.

Please be aware that while you may already have submitted some of this information as part of your course application to your chosen University, we will require you to repeat it for the purposes of this form. Reviewers of the applications will only have access to the information included in this Studentship Application Form. It is therefore important that you include all relevant information in this form.

Supporting Statement from Prospective Lead Supervisor

As part of your online application you will need to upload a 'Supporting Statement from Prospective Lead Supervisor' a copy of which is available here as a PDF or here as a Word Document .

Please ask your prospective lead supervisor to complete this form as part of your studentship application. This will need to be directly uploaded by the applicant as part of the online funding application process. It is your responsibility to ensure that your lead supervisor completes this form.

Project Details supporting statement
Please refer to the Guidance Notes for further information regarding these documents.
Transcripts

Transcripts of your previous qualifications are required.

Please refer to the Guidance Notes for further information regarding these documents.

References

As part of your ESRC DTP funding application, the Midlands Graduate School will also consider the two references submitted in support of your PhD application at your institution.

If you are currently a first year PhD student (whether full-time or part-time) and you are applying for funding for the remaining years (up to 2 years of full-time funding or the part-time equivalent), you should arrange for two updated references to be sent directly to the relevant school or department at your University. Please refer to the Guidance Notes for further information.

Equality and Diversity Data Form

The ESRC are seeking demographic statistics for the overall applicant pool for the purpose of equal opportunities monitoring. In order to comply with our ESRC reporting requirements if you are applying for ESRC DTP funding from the Midlands Graduate School, you should also complete our ‘Equality and Diversity Data Form’ available online here.

As previously outlined you will only be able to submit one funding application to the MGS DTP and you cannot apply for funding on multiple different pathways or for pathway funding at multiple MGS DTP institutions.

You must ensure that you have completed all aspects of the application form and uploaded all relevant documentation by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadlines

The closing date to be considered for pathway-specific ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships starting in October 2018 is Thursday 18th January 2018 (23:59 GMT).

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Collaborative and Joint Studentships

In addition to the pathway specific studentships, the process for which is outlined on this page, the Midlands Graduate School will offer a number of Collaborative and Joint Studentships for entry in October 2018.

For prospective students who wish to apply to undertake a either a collaborative or joint studentship, information regarding the projects available via these mechanisms will be published in early February 2018, for entry in October 2018 and will be advertised here on the DTP website.