Research grants

The following organisations have a range of research grants available:

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The ESRC is the major research funder of social science in the UK

Medical Research Council (MRC)

The main focus of MRC grant funding is for engineering and physical sciences applied to health, but there are some grant schemes that encourage interdisciplinary collaboration with the life sciences

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust funds biomedical science

The Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust awards approx £25million each year to support research and education across all disciplines

UK Department for International Development (DFID)

DFID operates a number of different funding schemes to promote sustainable development and eliminate poverty

Funded PhDs and 1+3

Division of Social Statistics, School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton

Applications are invited for PhD studentships in demography and in social statistics in the Division of Social Statistics, University of Southampton. These are ESRC quota awards that may be on a 1+3 or +3 basis, i.e. funding for a 1-year MSc in Demography or in Social Statistics, followed by three years of doctoral research, or for three years of doctoral research where candidates already have appropriate research training. Students in receipt of these awards are potentially eligible for a stipend enhanced by £3,000 in respect of advanced quantitative training (see Section 4.9 of the ESRC's "Guidance notes.."). Applications in the following areas are particularly welcome:

Demography and well-being
Family and partnership
International and internal migration
Population and health
Reproductive health

Statistical modelling of social data
Sample survey methodology

Details of eligibility for ESRC postgraduate studentships are given in Section 2 of the ESRC's "Guidance notes for applicants," available online at:

Further details of these studentships, and how to apply for them, are available at:

The deadline for applications is 6 March 2009, but late applications may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Further postgraduate studentships may be available that are not subject to ESRC eligibility restrictions.

Informal enquiries may be made to:
Prof. Máire Ní Bhrolcháin: or John Jerrim: (Demography) and
Dr. Yves Berger (Social Statistics)