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ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Social Sciences

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About the DTP


Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership

We are delighted to be able to build on the success of our Doctoral Training Centre with our ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). 

Our DTP is part of a national network of 14 DTPs funded by the ESRC.  At least 33 doctoral studentships will be offered each year between 2017-2023 to outstanding candidates wishing to benefit from the excellent graduate education and research environment offered at Cambridge. 

We offer a range of studentships in the following broad social science areas:

  •  Sustainability, prosperity and wellbeing.
  •  Inequality, equity, justice, and economic growth.
  •  Conflict, culture, mobility and development.
  •  Emerging technologies, human behaviour and productivity.
  •  Cognition, behaviour, language and learning.

DTP students are asked to identify a project linking with one or more of these broad themes which will be pursued through one of our DTP Departments while also having close ties to academics and other students working within these thematic clusters.

Our participating Departments offer the opportunity to study through a research preparation Masters year progressing to a further three years of doctoral study, or to commence at the doctoral level with appropriate prior training elsewhere.

Social Sciences at Cambridge offers world-class expertise in research in a wide range of fields, and provides in-depth research training, high-quality subject supervision by acknowledged subject experts, and comprehensive personal and professional development opportunities. As part of a social science research community, DTP students will have access to leading scholars, policymakers and esteemed visitors through their Department, through the College network and through a range of interdisciplinary and other collaborations.

DTP students follow a tailored pathway drawing on core research methods and subject skills, monitored and developed through regular skills reviews and needs analysis so that individualised additional training can be identified and built in. DTP students will also benefit from the personal and professional development opportunities offered by the University's Researcher Development Programme, tailored development work within Colleges and Departments, seminars and other networking activities within the DTP cohort, and a wide range of lectures, workshops and other activities available across the social sciences.

The Cambridge DTP also actively supports students in finding opportunities for collaborative activity with non-academic partners, including internships and placements with government, business and third-sector organisations.

If you're interested in applying, please visit our Prospective Students page.