How to Apply

Competition for ESRC Studentships is now closed.

Soc-B studentships are based across social and biological science departments in three centres of excellence in biosocial research: UCL, University of Manchester and University of Essex. Soc-B PhD studentships are four-year (+4) studentships with the first year spent in project rotations and biosocial training before selecting a PhD research topic for years 2-4.

Applicants are expected to have a First Class or Upper Second Class Bachelor’s degree and/or a Master’s degree (preferably with a merit or distinction) in a social or biological science. Candidates must apply to only one of the three participating Soc-B institutions (University College London, University of Manchester or University of Essex).

Please note: You must be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for the three years prior to the start of the studentship in order to qualify for a full award. EU residents may be considered for fee only awards. See ESRC guidelines

Please use the online portal to submit your application form by Friday 11th May 2018 by 16:00. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Interviews take place on the 29th May 2018.

  • The online submission is Here.

On accessing the online system for the first time, you will be asked to register for an account. You will then be able to use the sign-in details associated with this account to access previously saved versions of your application content prior to submission, or to make a full application if you are invited to do so.

Once you have created an account and/or logged in, you will need to click on your name under the heading Application ID, against the Main Studentship Competition, which will have been pre-selected for you. This will take you to the links to complete your preliminary application, with information requested exactly as in the sample pdf version of the form for this.

You will also be asked to complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring section before you can submit your preliminary application – though you can choose non-disclosure options for all of the questions within this, should you choose to.

Please note: the online submission system sends notifications, so make sure you check your spam folder in case they are sent there.

Completed portal applications will include-

For more details regarding supervisory support at each institution, please check our supervisors pages, under the People section.

*University of Essex also have more details about their Soc-B’s doctoral programmes on their website here.

*University of Manchester too have more details about Soc-B’s doctoral opportunities here. 

For further advice or guidance please contact one of the Soc-B CDT Director: Professor Yvonne Kelly (