New Social Science Doctoral Training Centre

Postgraduate researchers at Leeds and six other northern universities will benefit from a new scheme, thanks to a £16.8 million investment from Research Councils UK.

The White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership will offer 38 fully-funded studentships a year for six years, providing  future social science postgraduates with the highest quality doctoral research training.

It builds on the success of the existing White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (Universities of Sheffield, York and Leeds) by bringing into this consortium the social sciences research excellence of the Universities of Hull, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam University and Manchester Metropolitan University.

The scheme will offer PhD applicants opportunities to work with non-academic partners, build links with city regions, and conduct truly collaborative and interdisciplinary research.

Professor Adam Crawford, Director of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute, said: “We have some really ambitious plans to build on the many successes of the existing White Rose Doctoral Training Centre in implementing the new Doctoral Training Partnership which will benefit postgraduate researchers across the participating institutions.

“It provides extra opportunities in terms of collaboration, and they will be able to access the highest quality research training in the social sciences.”

The University has also recently won funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in New Forms of Data in partnership with Liverpool, Sheffield and Manchester. Professor Mark Birkin (Geography) will be Director of the new CDT, which will provide focused training for postgraduates.

Twenty per cent of the studentships will be funded by a combination of private, public and voluntary sector collaborators.

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