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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 competition will launch on 19 October 2020

  • Applications via the DAP , please tick ‘I will apply separately to an external body’ then enter NINE21 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 22 January 2021 at 4 PM 

Want to know more? 

Application Masterclass 

We are hosting a webinar on 2 December 2020 at 3PM, to discuss NINE DTP Studentships for potential applicants.

Please sign up via Eventbrite. 

This session will be led by Prof Lee McGowan (QUB DTP Director) on Microsoft Teams and 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.

 Once you register for a ticket, we will contact you with further information on how to attend.

Lee McGowan
Academic Director
Professor Lee McGowan

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

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