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Queen’s University are delighted to announce the launch of the new Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) for social sciences funded by the ESRC.  This DTP will focus on the provision of exceptional PG social sciences training. The new NINE DTP is an exciting collaboration with 7 other partner institutions - University of Newcastle, Durham University, Ulster University, University of Northumbria, University of Sunderland and Teesside University. We are offering over fifty fully-funded studentships per year to outstanding postgraduate researchers in the social sciences.

This includes the following subject areas:


For key contacts in each area please click here


Students will benefit from being able to access the highest quality training in the social sciences, supplying the next generation of social science researchers with the skills, curiosity and creativity to be truly innovative. Other benefits include: 

  • The offer of full tuition fee waiver
  • Tax free maintenance grant
  • Access to research training support funding
  • Access to a range of world leading experts across 7 institutions
  • The opportunity to work with non-academic partners

 For further details please click here

How to Apply

The ESRC NINE DTP runs a single, combined annual studentship competition to recruit and select PG students of the very highest calibre.  NINE DTP operates an open competition for the awarding of studentships which is centred on the quality of candidates and their proposed research.

Types of studentship available include:

  • +3 years for students who have completed a masters*
  • 1+3 years for students who have not yet completed a masters*
  • +3.5 years for students who have completed a masters but lack the required core research methods training

Please note it is NOT possible to undertake NINE funding on a part time basis at Queen's University.

*The masters must have been accredited by the ESRC. 

The competition has closed and will reopen in October 2023.

  • Applications via the DAP , please tick ‘I will apply separately to an external body’ then enter NINE23 under ‘To which body do you intend to apply?’
  • Candidates must submit CV (no longer than 2 pages)
  • Research proposal no longer than 2000 words in length (including footnotes, but excluding bibliography)
  • Two references
  • Full transcripts of academic achievements to date

Eligibility - From October 2020 onwards, the residential eligibility rules have been relaxed and candidates may apply for NINE DTP funding irrespective of their residential status or nationality. For more information please click here


Deadline for applications is 20 January 2023

Want to know more? 

Application Masterclass 

A masterclass for prospective students will be held on Friday 2 December 2022 2pm - 4pm via teams.  A link to the teams meeting will be emailed on the morning of the event.  Please book your place here - Register for the Masterclass

Lee McGowan
Academic Director
Professor Lee McGowan

Professor of Comparative European Politics School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

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