ANC: Midlands Graduate School

Together with several regional partners, Aston University is now part of the Midlands Graduate School and offers ESRC scholarships for eligible candidates who want to study for a PhD at Aston.

The Midlands Graduate School DTP makes an annual award of a large number of studentships to outstanding applicants across the Social Sciences. The studentships are linked to disciplinary and inter-disciplinary training pathways, and some have a built-in element of collaboration. A masters is not a prerequisite for studying at the Midlands Graduate School DTP. A range of training programmes are available based on an assessment of the applicant’s prior learning and training needs.

Established in 2016, The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership, with the first intake of students to begin in October 2017.

The DTP offers 17 different training pathways that span various social science disciplines; several postgraduate studentships will be awarded annually across the pathways and institutions. These pathways include Management & Business Studies and Finance, Economic and Social History, and Area Studies.

At this stage, the ESRC DTP website for the open competition is now live:

This competition is open to Home or EU applicants holding an offer of a PhD place with Aston Business School.  The deadline for the funding application is 24th January 2017 – at this stage the applicant must:

  • Hold a full offer of a place on the PhD programme
  • Have two references
  • Have a supporting statement from their proposed supervisor

Further studentships with shared supervisory teams across different universities, as well as collaborative projects supervised jointly by universities and non-academic partners will be advertised in the new year.