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Graduate Admissions


The University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership [DTP] is pleased to offer 33 studentships available for admission in October 2018, in the following broad areas of enquiry in the social sciences:

Sustainability, prosperity and wellbeing

Inequality, equity, justice and economic growth

Conflict, culture, mobility and development

Emerging technologies, human behaviour and productivity

Cognition, behaviour, language and learning

Prospective DTP students are invited to develop a research proposal/project aligned with one or more of these broad themes in mind and they will pursue this through a base in one of our DTP Departments, but students will also have close ties to academics and other students in other disciplines and departments working within these thematic clusters. We are particularly keen to attract students who have cross-disciplinary interests and an appetite for engagement with non-academic collaborators.

DTP students will acquire a unique set of skills that will equip them for high-profile careers as leading social scientists, in academia or in other government, industrial, commercial and third sector organisations, either in the UK or elsewhere.

If you have sufficient prior training, e.g. a Master's qualification and/or advanced training in social scientific methods, you may be able to start a three-year doctoral programme straight away (3 years in total); alternatively, you may be encouraged to complete a Master's programme first, before moving on to your doctorate (4 years in total). Whatever your level of prior training, the DTP will offer additional opportunities to enhance your methodological and professional skills base.

A full DTP studentship will cover fees and provide £14,553 p.a. in living costs (current rates). DTP students also receive a personal allowance for additional training costs, and can apply for further funding to pursue fieldwork, academic exchange, and collaboration with non-academic partner organisations.

DTP studentships are currently open to UK and EU citizens on a full-time or part-time basis. Full studentships (i.e. including living costs) are open only to those meeting certain residency requirements.

What to do next

You can find out more about the DTP on our website( and read about some of the opportunities that will be available to you. Please contact one of our DTP Departments ( to discuss your interest in a DTP studentship and to find out more about the supervision and training on offer.

All DTP applicants follow the University's standard admission process. Please go to our Graduate Admissions Portal to start your application:

The closing date for applications will be 6 December 2017; however some Departments included in the DTP may require a different deadline so please check with the relevant Department.

For more information, please follow the link provided

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

Key Information

Reference: JA13485

Dates and deadlines:

Sunday, 22 October, 2017