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 on the website.

The University of Aberdeen can support applications to the following Pathways:




Accountancy, Finance, Business & Management (AFBM)

Dr Audrey Paterson

Economic & Social History

Dr Alastair Macdonald


Dr Rachel Shanks

Health, Families, Relationships and Demographic Change

Professor Paul McNamee

Human Geography, Environment and Urban Planning

Dr Lorna Philip


Dr William Barras


Dr Douglas Martin


Dr Christopher Kollmeyer


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 University of Aberdeen to be considered for an award
  • Full details about eligibility criteria is available on the SGSSS website.


Full details about eligibility criteria are available on the SGSSS website.

Application Procedure

Discuss your proposed application with the relevant Pathway Representative and potential supervisors at Aberdeen

No later than Friday, 10 January 2020 submit your application for admission to the University of Aberdeen, apply online for the appropriate programme here.

From 1 November 2019 applicants can register on the SGSSS GradHub portal here and upload their Stage 1 application. Applicants must upload a completed application form, existing transcripts, CV and contact details for one academic referee (this cannot be the proposed supervisor). This must be done in plenty of time to allow the referee to be contacted before the application deadline of 12 noon, Friday 10 January 2020. The application form and detailed guidance can be downloaded here.

The University of Aberdeen will select up to 4 candidates per pathway. You will be notified of the outcome of your application on 4 February 2020.

If your application is shortlisted, your application will progress to Stage 2. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to add a supervisor’s statement and contact details for a second referee (this second reference may be from the proposed supervisor). This must be completed by 12 noon, Wednesday, 12 February 2020.

The award decision will be communicated to applicants by Wednesday 13th May 2020.


10th of January 2020

Further Info

For full details and guidance notes please see the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (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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