White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership

Fully funded scholarships in Education or Health & Wellbeing

Manchester Met is proud to be a member of the prestigious White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP).

This innovative and dynamic scheme, accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), allows us to offer fully-funded PhD scholarships in two research pathways:

What do we offer?

We offer two types of scholarship:

The awards cover your full tuition fees and – subject to your residency status – an annual stipend. The stipend is set each year by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); in 2019/20, it was £15,009 per year.


We run an annual open call for PhD projects within the broad areas of Education, Childhood and Youth, or Wellbeing, Health and Communities. An open call means you devise your own research project aligned to either of these pathways.

Find out more and apply

Applications for 2020/21 are open now. Before applying, we strongly advise you to discuss your research with a relevant academic. To arrange this, please contact the relevant pathway lead:Professor Rachel Holmes, r.holmes@mmu.ac.uk (for Education, Childhood and Youth)Dr Sue Caton, S.Caton@mmu.ac.uk(for Wellbeing, Health and Communities).

The application deadline for the 2020/21 applications is 1700hrs 29 January 2020. We want to support you in the development of your proposal prior to you making your application, so it is to your advantage to get in touch with us as soon as possible. You must make your formal application to us by 1700hrs 29 January 2020.

Candidates applying for the Early years and Childhood (ECY) pathway  ESRI – WRDTP – 2020 -1

Candidates applying for Wellbeing Health and Communities (WHC) pathway  ESRI – WRDTP – 2020 -2

More information

What is the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP)?

The WRDTP, accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council in 2016, is a collaboration across the social sciences between us and the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, and Hull.
The White Rose supports PhD and postdoctoral opportunities and provides a range of research methods and other training for current researchers across the seven universities.

Find out more about the White Rose

Eligibility criteria

The WRDTP awards scholarships to students who can demonstrate consistently high academic performance. Students must have a good honours degree at first-class or upper second-class level.
If you are applying for a +3 award (i.e. just the PhD), you must be able to demonstrate that you have completed substantial social sciences training in research methods. You should have at least 60 credits at Master’s level of core social sciences research methods training. If you do not have this training, you must take the 1+3 route which includes an integrated MA in Social Research.

The awards are open to UK and EU applicants only. EU applicants are normally eligible only for an award that covers their fees, unless they have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the date of the award.

The awards are available for full-time and part-time study. Part-time study will last 8 years (2 years on the MA, 6 years on the PhD). Distance learning is not an option.

Find out more on eligibility

Application and Selection process

The White Rose selection process involves two stages.

We are not able to accept applications after 1700hrs 29 January 2020 and we strongly advise you to contact us informally before putting in a formal application.

Why join us?

As a postgraduate researcher at Manchester Met, you will benefit from:

You will also benefit from being part of the wider White Rose community. There will be opportunities to network with colleagues at universities across the North of England, as well as to attend a range of training and development activities run by the White Rose.

What is the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP)?

The WRDTP, accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council in 2016, is a collaboration across the social sciences between us and the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, and Hull.

The White Rose supports PhD and postdoctoral opportunities, and provides a range of research methods and other training for current researchers across the seven universities.

Find out more about the White Rose

Eligibility criteria

The WRDTP awards scholarships to students who can demonstrate consistently high academic performance. Students must have a good honours degree at first-class or upper second-class level.

If you are applying for a +3 award (i.e. just the PhD), you must be able to demonstrate that you have completed substantial social sciences training in research methods. You should have at least 60 credits at Master’s level of core social sciences research methods training. If you do not have this training, you must take the 1+3 route which includes an integrated MA in Social Research.

The awards are open to UK and EU applicants only. EU applicants are normally eligible only for an award that covers their fees, unless they have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the date of the award.

The awards are available for full-time and part-time study. Part-time study will last 8 years (2 years on the MA, 6 years on the PhD). Distance learning is not an option.

Find out more on eligibility

Selection process

The White Rose selection process involves two stages.

For the first stage, we will review your application and invite the strongest candidates to interview. Candidates who are successful at interview will be offered a place at Manchester Met.

Successful candidates will then be put forward to the White Rose. The White Rose run a competitive process, assessing the quality of the candidate and their project to determine who will receive funding. They will announce successful candidates in approximately mid-April.

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