ESRC Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership

Qualification: PhD

Departments: Geography History Museum Studies Health Sciences Media and Communication

Application deadline: To be confirmed for 2021 entry

Start date: September 2021


The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership and forms part of the ESRC’s new Doctoral Training Network which significantly widens access for postgraduates to ESRC funding across the UK.

The Midlands Graduate School (MGS) is is part of an ESRC network of Doctoral Training Partnerships in collaboration with:

  • Aston University
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Leicester
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Warwick

This Doctoral Training Partnership offers 17 different training pathways that span various social science disciplines; several postgraduate studentships will be awarded annually across the pathways and institutions. These studentships are linked to a specific training pathways and some studentships have a built-in element of collaboration. Studentships at Leicester will be offered in the following pathways:

ESRC MGS Application Writing Workshop for 2021 entry

We offer an application writing workshop which you are welcome to attend.

Date: TBC

Time: TBC

Location: TBC

If you are unable to attend but would like to take part remote access is available. If you wish to attend this way please email

Doctoral training partnerships

Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional schemes designed to support the training of the next generation of world-class researchers. The University of Leicester is a lead partner in four DTPs/CDTs through which we can offer funded PhD studentships in a wide range of research areas.

Studentships are available to highly motivated and qualified applicants and provide a generous support package usually including a full fee waiver, annual stipend, and research training support grant. Studentships are in most cases offered early in the year for October start. Enquiries outside of the main application periods are welcomed.



Funding information can be found on the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP website.

The studentship will provide UK/EU Fees and a stipend at UKRI rates. The duration of funding will depend on the pathway and will be confirmed if an offer is made.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

  • For more information about the Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership and for details of eligibility, funding, and research supervision areas contact
  • For academic enquiries, contact Dr Sally Horrocks

How to apply

How to apply

When the 2021 application cycle opens to apply please refer to the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP guidelines.

  • Submit your PhD application using the relevant subject Apply button at the bottom of the page ( available when recruitment is open)
  • Submit your Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP application

ESRC offer study modes of full or part time. You can indicate your preference on the ESRC application.



Student profiles

Student profiles

Read our Midlands Graduate School (MGS) student profiles to find out the reasons they chose to study here at Leicester through the MGS.