Postgraduate research

SCDTP social sciences funding

Fund your social sciences PhD through the ESRC SCDTP


If you start a social sciences PhD programme in the 2017/18 academic year at the University of Portsmouth, you could get funding through the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP).

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

As well as covering all programme fees, the studentship also includes an annual maintenance grant, which is £14,482 in 2017/18.

The SCDTP is a doctoral training partnership (DTP) 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).

Applying for funding


A University supervisor will need to support your SCDTP application.

To apply for funding:

  1. Contact us so you can talk with potential supervisors about your proposals and ideas before you apply. Details of who to contact at the University for each subject area are below.
  2. Apply to the University before you submit your application to SCDTP. The closing date for University applications is 5 February 2017.
  3. Complete an SCDTP application form and send it to by midnight on 17 February 2017.

Psychology expertise and contact information

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

These are:

To discuss your proposal and find out more about postgraduate programmes in Psychology at the University, use the contact details above.

Area Studies expertise and contact information

area studies

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 proposal and find out more about postgraduate programmes in Area Studies at the University, use the contact details above.