Northern Ireland and North East ​Doctoral Training Partnership

The Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINE DTP) is a collaborative enterprise between seven universities across Northern Ireland and the North East of England. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, with support from the Department for the Economy Northern Ireland (DfENI).

The most important part of the application is a 2,000-word research proposal outlining the programme of research which you intend to pursue during your scholarship. Please get in touch with the contact person at your intended home institution to discuss potential research avenues, and to identify a suitable supervisory team, before applying.

To qualify for a 1+3 scholarship, applicants applying for a studentship must hold or be predicted a First or a good Upper Second Class undergraduate degree in the social sciences, or have relevant comparable experience. To qualify for a +3 scholarship, applicants must additionally hold a good Master’s degree with a sufficient research training element in a relevant discipline.

Key dates:

  • 18 October 2021: Competition opens
  • 21 January 2022: Application Deadline (all candidate applications must be submitted to departments in advance of this date to be considered for ESRC DTP funding)
  • 11 February 2022: Pathway Deadline (all departments must submit their selected applicants to the relevant pathway in advance of this deadline)
  • 25 February 2022: Nomination Deadline (all pathways must submit their final nominations to the Studentship Committee in advance of this deadline)
  • March: Studentship Committee (the Studentship Committee will meet in late March; candidates will be informed of the outcome of the competition shortly thereafter)

Further information:
Please visit the dedicated ESRC NINE DTP website for more details about eligibility and the application process.