We accept students from Universities across the UK and are also now able to support students from outside the UK.

Am I eligible?

Cambridge ESRC DTP studentships are open to all students who meet the required academic conditions.

Once you have received an offer of admission in your chosen Department, assuming you are successful, your Department will then decide whether to nominate you for an ESRC DTP studentship. This is a competitive process, and your application for funding will be assessed against all other applications from participating Departments. There is no guarantee of funding at this stage.

The ERSC DTP studentship is not the only way of funding your PhD at Cambridge. Around 80% of PhD students each year find full funding; you can find other potential sources of funding using the Funding Search Tool linked below – remember to to tick the box on the application form to be considered for all funding options open to you.

You can find out more here: Prospective students – Economic and Social Research Council (ukri.org)

Residential eligibility criteria

UKRI studentships are open to international students.

Students will receive a full award, to include a stipend and fees at the home level.

UKRI will normally limit the proportion of international students appointed each year through individual doctoral training programmes to 30% of the total.

To be treated as a home student, candidates must meet one of these criteria:

  • be a UK national (meeting residency requirements)
  • have settled status
  • have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements)
  • have indefinite leave to remain or enter.
  • If a candidate does not meet one of these criteria, they are treated as an international student.

See the UKRI terms and conditions of training grants for full details.