The University of Aberdeen is a member institution of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (SGSSS-DTP). We welcome applications from excellent candidates who wish to pursue doctoral research that aligns with the SGSSS pathways listed below and who wish to be nominated for an ESRC studentship that will be held at the University of Aberdeen.


Those interested in applying should refer to the information published by the SGSSS-DTP, available at

  • Accountancy, Finance, Business & Management (AFBM)

  • Economic & Social History

  • Education

  • Health, Families, Relationships and Demographic Change

  • Human Geography, Environment and Urban Planning

  • Linguistics

  • Psychology

  • Sociology




To be eligible to apply for a SGSSS-DTP award to be held at the University of Aberdeen applicants must:

  • Meet the residency criteria (EU or UK residency)

  • Hold or are predicted to obtain a First class or good 2:1 degree

  • Hold a conditional or unconditional offer of a place in a relevant discipline on a PhD programme at the University of Aberdeen

  • Be nominated by the local pathway contact as a student Aberdeen which to be considered by the SGSSS


Full details about eligibility criteria are available from the SGSSS at

Application Procedure

The application process for ESRC awards has a number of stages and deadlines, as follows:

Prior to Monday 22nd January 2018 Discuss your proposed application with the relevant Pathway Representative and potential supervisors at Aberdeen

No later than Monday 22nd January 2018 submit your application for admission to the University of Aberdeen programme of study, apply online for the appropriate programme here.

Monday 22nd January 2018 in order to be considered for an ESRC award you must have sent your CV and research proposal (on the SGSSS Research Proposal Form) to with the subject line 'ESRC studentship application', by this date. This must be done even if you have already sent your documents to the relevant Pathway Representative. The body of the email must include: your full name, University of Aberdeen Application ID number (you will have received this when you applied for admission), and the Pathway you are applying to. It is strongly advised that you contact the Pathway Representative to discuss your application well in advance of this deadline.

Monday 5th February 2018 the number of applications each Pathway at each SGSSS member institution may put forward to the SGSSS is capped.  Aberdeen Pathways will confirm which applications they consider to be strongest by the 5th February, if not before. 

Wednesday 7th February 2018 if you are selected to be put forward for consideration for a 2018 ESRC studentship you will receive notification from the relevant Pathway Convenor by this date. This notification will contain a link to the registration form to begin the ESRC application process. You will not be able to register without being nominated.  If you have been nominated and sent the link to the registration form you must have completed your registration by Monday 12th February 2018. The information on the registration form must be completed in one sitting.

Monday 12th February 2018 once you have registered and your nomination has been confirmed by the SGSSS, you will be able to upload your application documents to the portal. You should include the research proposal form, CV, degree transcripts, supporting statement from your supervisor and, if applicable, your AQM application form. Your referees will be contacted separately by the SGSSS and will be uploaded to your application by this date.

The award decision will be communicated to applicants by the 9th May 2018.

This is just an overview of the application process, for full details and guidance notes please see the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) website:


22nd of January 2018

Further Info

Pathway contacts:

Pathway Representative  Accountancy, Finance, Business & Management (AFBM) Dr Karolina Kazimierczak Economic & Social History Dr Alastair Macdonald Education Dr Rachel Shanks Health, Families, Relationships and Demographic Change Professor Paul McNamee Human Geography, Environment and Urban Planning Dr Lorna Philip Linguistics Dr William Barras Psychology Dr Amelia Hunt Sociology Dr Andrew McKinnon

Further information on the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science can be found on the SGSSS website.

Prospective applicants must discuss their proposed research with staff in the subject they wish to base their doctoral studies prior to submission of a formal application.

General queries regarding ESRC scholarships at the University of Aberdeen should be directed to Ann Marie Johnston at


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