ESRC Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership 2022

Qualification: PhD

Departments: Geography History Museum Studies Health Sciences Media and Communication

Application deadline: Tuesday 18 January 2022 (11:59pm UK time)

Start date: September 2022


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:

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.

Types of awards

Studentships are available as:

  • +3 year (PhD)
  • +3.5 year (PhD requiring 2 ESRC research skill modules) or
  • 1+3 (4 year with a Masters leading directly to a PhD) award.

All studentships are also available on a full-time or part-time basis, and are open to applicants straight from undergraduate study.

The PhD studentship will provide UK Fees and a stipend at UKRI rates. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Students are able to apply directly from undergraduate programmes (as we have a 1+3 award option with a Masters continuing onto PhD study) and we ring-fence a number of studentship awards for students applying straight from an undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent).

English Language conditions may apply.

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

  • Choose a Pathway
  • Submit your Leicester PhD application using the relevant subject Apply button at the bottom of the page
  • Upload your Proposal on our Research Proposal Form and include the names of supervisors in the space provided.
  • In the funding section select Studentship and ESRC Midland Graduate School from the drop down menu.
  • Include referee contact details in the space provided or upload references if you have them available.

Submit your Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP funding applicationPlease make sure you carefully read the Funding application Guidelines.

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

Deadline for applications is Tuesday 18 January 2022 (11:59pm UK time).



UK and International* applicants welcome to apply.

All applicants will be eligible for a full award consisting of a maintenance stipend (currently £15,15,609 for 2021/2 - rates for 2022-3 to be confirmed), and payment of tuition fees at the home (UK) fee rate.

For further details of eligibility requirements, please visit the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP website.

*International applicants may be required to pay the difference between UK and International fees.

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.