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ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Social Sciences


Dear Students

The Cambridge ESRC DTP team is aware of the difficulties many of you have struggled with during these past 18 months of the Covid pandemic.  We hope that life is returning to some kind of normality and that you are starting to make progress again on your projects.

We will continue to support you over the forthcoming year so that you can continue to study, whether in person or remotely, and try to ensure that your research, as far as possible, is not disrupted.  We will keep in contact with you and would encourage you all to do the same and support each other while we are still dispersed.

The DTP team is still operating remotely but we will do our best to provide whatever help we can. You should of course keep in close contact with your supervisors and departments.

On the following pages you will find information about Covid extensions, current University guidance in relation to Covid and other resources.

If you wish to get in touch with us, please email


[Last updated: 25 August 2021]

UKRI Phase 3 support

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced a ‘Phase 3' policy to provide support for students managing the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic: Rules for PhD funding relaxed for those affected by the pandemic – UKRI

The DTP is responsible for managing Phase 3 extensions. 

Current students can read the guidance and apply for a Phase 3 extension here (behind Raven login):

Extension Guidance 

Further UKRI information:

Guidance for applicants, students and award-holders impacted by the pandemic – UKRI

Our evolving policy for COVID-19 doctoral extension funding – UKRI

Extension Request Rounds to Date

There have been the following opportunities for students to request extensions due to the impact of COVID- 19:

Phase Date Summary
Phase 1 May 2020

A UKRI initiative, run by the DTP, for students with an end date 1st March 2020 – 31st March 2021; this was subsequently extended to students with later end dates who would struggle to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their projects.

Phase 2

(2 rounds)

Jan–April 2021

May - July 2021

A UKRI initiative, run centrally by the University, for any DTP students but prioritising those with an end date 1st April - 30th September 2021 and/or who will struggle to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their projects (particularly those with caring responsibilities, long term health concerns and disabilities).

Phase 3 May 2021 onwards The current Phase 3 extension round is run by the DTP and is active now and for the foreseeable future.