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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 will launch in October 2021 

  • Applications via the DAP , please tick ‘I will apply separately to an external body’ then enter NINE22 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 TBC  

Want to know more? 

Application Masterclass 

We will be hosting a series of webinars to discuss the NINE DTP and how to apply.  Please check back here for dates and signing up details. 

The session will discuss the doctoral studentships funded by the ESRC for potential applicants in the social sciences. In particular, we will discuss:

1) What is an ESRC-funded PhD?

2) What is the NINE DTP?

3) How to make an application?

4) What is the application process?

 This webinar is also an opportunity to answer questions from those interested in applying.


Lee McGowan
Academic Director
Professor Lee McGowan

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

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