How to Apply

The competitions for Soc-B ESRC Studentships are now open!

Soc-B studentships are based across social and biological science departments in three centres of excellence in biosocial research: University College London (UCL), University of Manchester and University of Essex. Students can apply to any one of the three universities. 

Soc-B PhD studentships are split into two competition streams:

Stream One: Four-year (+4) Studentships

Stream Two: Three-year (+3), Co-funded Studentships 

Four-year (+4) Studentship Applications

Students on the Soc-B four-year (+4) studentships, spend their first year in project rotations and biosocial training, before developing their own PhD research topic for years two to four. Thesis projects must lie a minimum of 50% within the social sciences.

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 (UCL, University of Manchester or University of Essex).

Key Facts

Value: Fees, Stipend, Research Training Support Grant

Duration: Up to 4 years 

Eligible Fee Status: UK, EU, Overseas

Modes of study: Full or part-time 

Available To: Prospective students

Application Deadline: 11:59pm GMT on Mon 17th Jan 2022 

How to apply

A full application must include:

Applications should be submitted as a single pdf (except for the equal opportunities form) and be clearly labelled with your full name and Soc-B application.

Please send complete applications to socbcdt@ucl.ac.uk by 11:59pm GMT on Monday 17th January 2022.

Only ONE application for a studentship beginning in September 2022 may be submitted to the Soc-B CDT. Applicants should not submit applications to multiple institutions. 

Three-year (+3) Co-funded Studentship Applications

The Soc-B Co-funded Studentship Competition is supervisor-led. There are two steps to the application process.

Step One: Academics working in the biosocial science area cooperate with a non-academic partner to put together a proposal for a co-funded studentship project.

Step Two: Successful applicants recruit a student to the co-funded studentship.

This project should address a research topic which is of both theoretical and practical significance and provide opportunities for a funded PhD student to gain first-hand experience of work outside an academic environment. The student is expected to be supported throughout the project by both academic and non-academic supervisors. Students recruited to this 3-year pathway will be required to engage fully with Soc-B training opportunities.

Key Facts

Available to: Supervisors working in the area of biosocial science

Conditions: A minimum of 50% of the project must lie within the social sciences. A minimum of 20% (cash value of the studentship) co-funding from a non-HEI partner, for e.g. private sector, goverment sector, or third sector/voluntary organisation. 

Application Deadline: 11:59pm GMT on Mon 24th Jan 2022 

When will you hear: Applicants will be notified of the Soc-B CDT Board's decision by Fri 4th Feb 2022

Student recruitment deadline: Successful applicants must complete recruitment to the studentship by Mon 21st Mar 2022.

How to apply

Please complete the below proposal application form and refer to the guidance notes provided:

Please send complete applications to socbcdt@ucl.ac.uk by 11:59pm GMT on Monday 24th January 2022.

Further Information

For further advice or guidance, please contact the Soc-B CDT Manager: Polly Stoker (socbcdt@ucl.ac.uk)

You can view more information on University of Essex Soc-B CDT and University of Manchester Soc-B CDT via their webpages.