Eligibility: New applicants to any G&E MPhil/PhD programme.
Application deadline: 17 December 2020
Department release deadline: 4 January
Allocation method: Department nomination to the School panel.
Nominations permitted for 2020/21 entry: x8 (x6 1st round, x2 2nd round)
Awards for 2020 entry: x2
Nominations permitted for 2021/22 entry: to be confirmed
Further information: ESRC PhD scholarship
NB: The School permits departments to make nominations to the School panel for ESRC scholarships in two rounds. Though the department is not formally guaranteed to be awarded any ESRC scholarships, it usually receives several each year.
ESRC 1st round: 1st round nominations are made in February, with decisions made by the School panel in March, and results announced by the School's Financial Support Office in April. The majority of ESRC awards are made the 1st round.
The School panel makes ESRC scholarship offers, and also lists a ranked set of 'ESRC reserves' per department. If any of the department's 1st round ESRC scholarship offers are declined before the 2nd round nomination process begins, they are be re-offered in sequential rank order to the department's reserve candidates. 1st round reserve rankings do not carry over into the 2nd round, though both the department and the School panel reconsider all previously nominated applicants.
ESRC 2nd round: 2nd round ESRC nominations are made in May, with the results announced by the School's Financial Support Office in early June. In the 2nd round, the department and School panels re-considers all eligible candidates. In the 2nd round, the School panel makes ESRC scholarship decisions using the same method as in the 1st round (offers and ranked reserves by department), with declined offers re-offered to department reserves in order of rank. As the ESRC 2nd round scholarship allocation generally only consists of scholarships which have been declined in the ESRC 1st round, there are often very few scholarships available in the ESRC 2nd round.
Though the department panel often re-nominates its 1st round ESRC reserves in the 2nd ESRC round, it is not obliged to do so, and does not always do so. Consequently, 1st round ESRC reserves should not necessarily expect to be re-nominated in the 2nd round.
Please be aware that the application deadline for those who would like to be considered for ESRC scholarships is 17 December. Those who apply after 17 December are not eligible for consideration in the 2nd ESRC nomination round.