Published: 16 June 2015

Postgraduate funding success for humanities and social sciences students

Nicola Tune

A total of 25 University of Liverpool students won research council funded studentships to enable them to undertake postgraduate study in the University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS).

The studentships, which are granted in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council North West Doctoral Training Centre (ESRC NWDTC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC NWCDTP), give prospective Masters and PhD students the opportunity to fund their postgraduate studies.

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Dr Jenny Rivers, HSS Research and Knowledge Exchange Manager, said: “Research councils provide a substantial amount of postgraduate funding in the UK to build capacity in these disciplines.

“Alongside the funding which HSS offers for postgraduate researchers, there is a good pool of resources for students to consider applying for. It’s great to see so many excellent students accessing this funding and embarking upon their research career at the University.”

The NWCDTP, which comprises the Universities of Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, Salford, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Royal Northern College of Music, is one of 11 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and offers postgraduate studentships across a range of arts and humanities disciplines.

This year students in Art History, English, Philosophy, Music, History, Classics and Archaeology have been awarded AHRC funding. Liverpool received eight awards in total for students commencing their programmes in September 2015.

The NWDTC, which comprises the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster, is one of 21 Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) created by the ESRC and offers postgraduate studentships across the social sciences within all three Faculties at the University of Liverpool.

This year, the NWDTC has granted awards to students within Business and Management; Economics; Geography and Environment; Language Based Area Studies; Health and Wellbeing; Planning and Environment; Politics; Psychology; Security, Conflict and Justice; Social Anthropology; Sociology; Social Work and Social Statistics.

The University has received 17 awards in total for students commencing programmes in September 2015.


Nicola Tune was granted funding by the ESRC in the ‘Security, Conflict and Justice’ pathway, for her PhD in the School of Law and Social Justice.

Nicola said: “I am delighted to have been awarded funding by the ESRC that will allow me to undertake postgraduate study at the University. I am particularly looking forward to further developing my research skills and to mapping important connections between gender, sexism and digital technologies – my research focus.”

The competitions for funding for 2016 entry will open in Autumn 2015.

For more information, including subject areas covered by these studentships, please visit the Faculty Postgraduate Studentship pages. For queries about eligibility or the applications process please contact

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