Postgraduate research

SCDTP social sciences funding

Fund your Social Sciences PhD through the ESRC SCDTP


Applications for the 2018 round of ESRC SCDTP studentships are now open. For further information on the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) please see their website. 

Please see below information on how the process is carried out should you wish to apply.

The studentships are for social science research in Psychology and Area Studies subjects only.

As well as covering all tuition fees, the studentship also includes an annual maintenance grant, of £14,553 (2017/18 rate).

The SCDTP is a collaboration between the universities of Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton. There are 36 studentships available each year for social science students carrying out PhD studies (+3) or Master’s and PhD studies (1+3) at these three universities. 

The studentships are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and available to UK students.


How the application process works

A University supervisor needs to support any SCDTP application. Therefore, candidates are required to contact them prior to official application.

Applicants also have to submit a University of Portsmouth online application before submitting their SCDTP application.


To be eligible candidates must be considered as a UK resident and hold a good honours degree (2:1 and above), from a UK higher education institution.

Contact details and further information

Psychology Open Call 

Psychology research at the University of Portsmouth consists of three research centres and one research group.

These are: 

To discuss your own research project proposal and find out more about postgraduate programmes in Psychology at the University, contact the lead of the research centres listed above or the Departmental Research Degrees Coordinator (Dr Alessandra Fasulo -

Area Studies Open Call 

The University’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) brings together world leading research in Area Studies.

There are more than 60 members of CEISR. Their research is organised into eight clusters

To discuss your own research project proposal and find out more about postgraduate programmes in Area Studies at the University, use the contact details above.