ESRC PhD Studentships

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Midlands Graduate School

The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). One of 14 such partnerships in the UK, the Midlands Graduate School is a collaboration between the University of Warwick, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham.

The School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University is able to offer ESRC Doctoral Studentships in European Area Studies as part of the Midlands Graduate School. 

Applications for September 2020 are now CLOSED.

Prospective students wishing to apply for funding under the Area Studies pathway should submit an application for the LSS Research Degree Programme and select ‘Research - Area Studies’ from the online application form.

Full details about studentships, including how to apply and deadlines for applications, can be found on the Midlands Graduate School website

The ESRC studentships cover fees and maintenance stipend (if eligible) and extensive support for research training, as well as research activity support grants. To check your eligibility, visit: 

For any queries please contact Aston University Pathway Contact: Dr Lucian Leustean,