Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships

Academic year 2020


SOAS is a member of the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL-DTP), alongside UCL, Birkbeck, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the University of East London. The Partnership provides ESRC funding for over 40 new PhD studentships each year.

For enquiries, please:

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5094/5091

Application procedure & Important deadlines

Competition for ESRC studentships for October 2020 entry is now open.

Applicants must follow two steps at SOAS:

  • STEP 1: Apply for one of the eligible degree programme by 23:59 hours (GMT) 6 January 2020 at the latest (ideally mid December 2019).

Applicants must submit a complete admissions application by this deadline. However, we strongly advise you to apply by mid-December 2019.  

Your application for Research Degrees will only be initially assessed once two references have been confidentially submitted by your nominated referees. The Doctoral School Admissions team will check that all required documentation has been provided and that the references are acceptable and meet our requirements during the initial assessment.  Incomplete applications, missing any of the above elements, cannot be considered and will not go forward to the Academic Selectors within the Department for consideration.The deadline is important as applicants must have an offer of admissions by the time selection takes place.  Guidance for applying for MPhil/PhD and information on what makes an application complete - please check HERE.


Residency Requirements

Please click HERE to check if you meet the residency requirements for these studentships

Pathways: Anthropology

Structures: 1+3, 2+3, +3, +4 - (FT/PT)

Please see section above "Application procedure & Important deadlines" for information on how to apply for ESRC funding at SOAS. 

Information on the Anthropology pathway can be found HERE. 

Pathways: International Development

Structures: 1+3 ,+3 - (FT/PT)

The International Development pathway may be pursued within 1+3 or +3 structures at SOAS. 

  • the 1+3 (MSc Research for International Development + MPhil/PhD in International Development or the MSc Development Economics + MPhil/PhD in Development Economics) structure.  Students following the 1+3 structure will take the MSc Research for International Development/MSc Development Economics. The MSc Research for International Development is a research methods focused Taught Masters programme, preparing for PhD study. 
  • the +3 (MPhil/PhD in International Development / MPhil/PhD in Development Economics) structure. 

Details about the structure of these programmes and how to apply for admission can be found at:

For enquiries on the scholarships process, please contact: [email protected]


Application will close on 06 January 2020


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