Deadline: 2016-01-15
Value of Scholarship: York
Level Of Study: Masters

Two full time funded PhD studentships: White Rose ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Studentships

Health and Wellbeing Pathway

The Department of Health Sciences invites applications for two full-time PhD studentships funded by the White Rose ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (WR DTC) which are aligned to the Health and Wellbeing pathway ( These studentships, due to commence in October 2016, will provide a comprehensive training package, tailored to meet the needs of individual students, across a wide range of health research methodologies.

Applications are welcomed from individuals with research interests across all areas of health but in particular cardiovascular health, cancer epidemiology, trials, statistics, mental health and addiction, public health and health policy (

The award

ESRC WR DTC studentships are available on a 1 + 3 (Masters + PhD) or + 3 (PhD only).

Subject to ESRC eligibility criteria, the studentships will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend for three years at Research Council rates. For 2015/16 the basic stipend for ESRC studentships 2015/16 is £14,057 (2016/17 rate to be confirmed).

The ESRC’s eligibility criteria are set out in the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide ( We recommend that you read the ESRC guidance carefully before applying.

Essential requirements

Students applying for the 1 + 3 (Masters + PhD) pathway will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a health-related or social sciences subject.

Students applying for a + 3 award (PhD only) must demonstrate that they will have completed by 30 September 2016 prior research training at Masters level by securing skills in the relevant range of research methods within the health or social sciences.

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For students whose first language is not English there is a miminum requirement of an IELTS score of at least 6.5 in each component of the test and an overall score of at least 7.

Process for application

In order to be considered for these studentships you will first need to apply to the Department of Health Sciences via the University’s online application form ( and have been made an offer of a PhD place at York by the 2 February 2016. As such we advise that you submit your application no later than the 15 January 2016 and at the same time notify Professor Catherine Hewitt (PhD programme leader) that you wish to apply for the ESRC studentship.

When completing the electronic form, applicants should state:

  • that they are applying for the advertised studentships and include ref: PhD2016WR  under the ‘How studies will be funded’ section
  • that they are applying for the 1 + 3 (Masters + PhD) pathway or + 3 (PhD only) pathway.

You should provide a curriculum vitae, two academic references and a short research proposal (max 500 words) outlining your ideas for your proposed research study.

You will be interviewed by your potential supervisor and a member of the postgraduate admissions team. Suitably qualified candidates will be encouraged to refine their research proposals in consultation with potential supervisors.

Once you have received an offer of a PhD place you will need to complete a separate application form that can be found on the University ESRC pages ( Closing date for this form is noon (GMT) 2 February 2016.


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Individuals with the strongest academic record and experience, summary research proposal (with respect to rigour, clarity and strategic fit) and supervisor supporting statement will be shortlisted and invited to interview between 11 February and 18 February 2016.

At interview, candidates will be expected to give a short presentation on a project or piece of research that they have undertaken previously and outline their plans for their research.

Informal enquiries

Prospective applicants who wish to discuss the studentships should contact Professor Catherine Hewitt-
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