Scholarships and Funding for PhD

Economic and Social Research Council - September 2019 entry

We are pleased to announce the availability of studentships funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for the 2019/20 academic year.

Francesca Soliman, ESRC award winner 2016, Criminology
Francesca Soliman, ESRC award winner 2016, Criminology

A generous package is available for an applicant who wishes either to undertake a PhD in Criminology or Socio-legal studies. Suitably-qualified candidates (who already hold or are currently studying for a relevant Masters degree) may apply for a three year studentship; others apply on a '1+3' basis, starting with the one year MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice.

ESRC studentship details

Value: Fees at Home/EU rate and a generous stipend.

Applicants must be students from the UK or EU* countries, and satisfy the eligibility criteria of the ESRC.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria

*EU applicants from outwith the UK and who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of the studentship are only eligible for a fees-only award. 

These fully-funded studentships can be used to cover fees and a living allowance for:

  • three years of PhD study, if the student already meets ESRC research skills criteria (normally equivalent to 1/3 of an MSc dedicated to research training); or
  • a one year MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, including research training, plus three years of PhD study. 

For alternative MSc options in research training, consult the pathway representative, Professor Richard Sparks, at

Further queries on eligibility should be directed to the local Socio-Legal and Criminology pathway representative, Professor Richard Sparks, at

Application process 

This is a two part application process and both stages must be completed in order to be considered for ESRC funding.

  • Applicants must apply for admission with us by 3rd December 2018.
  • Applicants must also make a funding application to GradHub before noon 11th January 2019. Visit the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science website
  • SGSSS will launch this open studentship application form in November. Students will be asked to register on GradHub, make an application with them, upload existing transcripts, a CV and one reference which is not to be from their proposed supervisor.
  • Any queries about registering or logging into GradHub can be directed to the SGSSS.
  • Please contact the pathway representative Professor Richard Sparks in the first instance. All candidates must have the support of a recognised supervisor before applying

To be considered, please apply to either the MSc programme or PhD programme and e-mail the pathway representative (as above) stating your wish to be included in the competition.

Apply to the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Apply to the PhD programme 

For full details and guidance notes please visit the SGSSS website