Selection Process


If you are made an offer of admission, the Department will decide whether to nominate you for an ESRC DTP studentship.

  • Departments will consider all eligible applicants who have applied for admission by the appropriate funding deadline and have indicated they wish to be considered for ESRC funding;
  • Departments may nominate up to five candidates. Nominations are based on a fully-rounded assessment of your academic abilities, prior training, background and suitability for study at Cambridge;

If you are nominated by your department, you will be asked to complete a DTP Training Needs Analysis form which includes details of your prior training.

All nominations are reviewed by the DTP Management Executive Group.

DTP studentships are awarded on a competitive basis

The DTP notifies each department of the outcome of its nominations. The department will then let you know if you have been successful or not.

Formal studentship offer letters are issued by the Student Registry in March.


Please note that we are not able to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.