ESRC Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership

The University of Leicester will be offering ESRC PhD Studentships as part of the Midlands Graduate School.

The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership and forms part of the ESRC’s new Doctoral Training Network which significantly widens access for postgraduates to ESRC funding across the UK.

The Midlands Graduate School (MGS) is is part of an ESRC network of Doctoral Training Partnerships in collaboration with:

  • Aston University
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Leicester
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Warwick
This Doctoral Training Partnership offers 17 different training pathways that span various social science disciplines; several postgraduate studentships will be awarded annually across the pathways and institutions. These studentships are linked to a specific training pathways and some studentships have a built-in element of collaboration. Studentships at Leicester will be offered in the following pathways:

Application writing workshop

We will be holding an application writing workshop at the University of Leicester on Wednesday 22 November 2017, 3.00pm-5.00pm, in Ken Edwards room SR 322. This workshop will also be accessible remotely. Please contact if you wish to attend this event - please let us know if you'll be attending in person or via the remote access facility.

How to apply

For details of how to apply, please visit the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP website.

Applications for MGS open competition studentships commencing in October 2018 are now open. The deadline for applications is Thursday 18 January 2018.



For more information about the Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership and for details of eligibility, funding, and research supervision areas contact

Academic enquiries

Dr Sally Horrocks

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