Funded PhD Opportunity NINE DTP Doctoral Studentship in Social Sciences

This opportunity is now closed.

Subject: Social Work and Social Policy


ESRC Doctoral Studentship

We are seeking applications from outstanding doctoral candidates for ESRC funded studentships in Social Sciences at Ulster University. Part-time studentships are also available.

We are particularly interested in applications pertaining to our core areas of expertise: Health, Well-being and Society; Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work; Law; Conflict, Security and Justice, Politics, and Management, Business and Economics. All interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the ESRC DTP lead, Dr Markus Ketola ( in the first instance.

Additional funding is available for fieldwork and research activity, and candidates benefit from access to a wide range of training offerings across the NINE Doctoral Training Partnership institutions. We carry out world-leading research which is not only of outstanding academic quality but also had a direct impact on the policy-making process. Ulster University is Northern Ireland’s civic university, which means that doctoral candidates can expect to join a research culture that is aligned closely to the wellbeing of communities.

Background: The Northern Ireland and North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership is an ESRC‐funded consortium of seven universities delivering postgraduate social science training in two UK regions. It comprises Durham University (DU), Newcastle University (NU), Northumbria University (UNN), Teesside University (TU), University of Sunderland (SU), Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and Ulster University (UU).

NINE DTP has more than 50 fully funded postgraduate studentships to award to students commencing their postgraduate studies from October 2018. The studentships that can be applied through Ulster University are:

+3 Year Studentships for students who have already completed, or will have completed by the commencement of their PhD, a Masters that included 60 credits or more of core research methods training.

+3.5 Year Studentships for students who have completed, or will have completed by the commencement of their PhD, a Masters in a relevant discipline, but who have not completed or will not successfully complete 60 credits or more of core research methods training.

Students selected for these awards will also be registered on and required to complete a 60‐credit Research Training Certificate during their first year of study, but receive an additional six (6) months funding in support of this.

Eligibility Criteria: Follow this link for more information on the eligibility criteria:

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)


ESRC The scholarships will cover tuition fees at the home rate and, for applicants with UK residence only, a maintenance allowance of not less than £14.553 per annum for three years. EU residents may also apply but, if successful, will receive fees only.

Other information

The Doctoral College at Ulster University

Launch of the Doctoral College

Current PhD researchers and an alumnus shared their experiences, career development and the social impact of their work at the launch of the Doctoral College at Ulster University.

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Friday 12 January 2018

Contact Supervisor

Dr Markus Ketola

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Visit and quote reference number #240272 when applying for this PhD opportunity