Research council funding allocated to Humanities and Social Sciences postgraduates

Liverpool University © Dr Andy Heath (alias Sam Heath)

Students pursuing Masters and PhDs in a variety of disciplines have received support

Twenty-eight students at the University of Liverpool have been awarded Research Council-funded studentships to enable them to undertake postgraduate study in humanities and social sciences.

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 (AHRC), give prospective Masters and PhD students the opportunity to fund their postgraduate studies.

Postgraduate training in social science disciplines

The NWDTC, which comprises the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster, is one of 21 Doctoral Training Centres created by ESRC to provide postgraduate training in social science disciplines.

The awards are available across a wide range of social science disciplines, and this year the NWDTC granted studentships to University of Liverpool students studying subjects within pathways including Geography and Environment, Planning and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Psychology, Security, Conflict and Justice, Business and Management, Economics, Sociology and Social Statistics.

”It’s great to see so many excellent students accessing this funding and embarking upon their research career at the University”

AHRC Block Grant Partnership (BGP) studentships have this year supported students with both Masters and PhD studies in subjects including English, Philosophy, Music, Architecture, History, Modern Languages, Archaeology, Classics, Law and Irish Studies.

In addition to the Research Council studentships, a small number of students have received awards from Schools and the Faculty, making a significant contribution to their postgraduate study.

Dr Jenny Rivers, Research and Knowledge Exchange Manager in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, said: “Research Councils provide the majority of postgraduate funding in the UK for these disciplines, and alongside the funding which the Faculty can offer to students, 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.”

Complete research

James Ford, who has been granted an AHRC studentship for a PhD in Ancient History and Classics, said: “The studentship award has allowed me to continue my research to PhD level, where I can further investigate and complete my research on sceptical aspects of ancient Greek religion, and pass the final major hurdle before I can enter my professional field.”

The competitions for funding for 2014 entry will open in autumn 2013. 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

Liverpool University © Dr Andy Heath (alias Sam Heath)


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