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Postgraduate Funding

MiSoC Linked Studentships:

The ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) has four fully funded PhD studentships still available.

These studentships are supervised by leading scholars, three are housed within ISER, one is based at and awarded by the University of Bristol. Our PhD students are an integral part of the MiSoC team, as well as benefiting from the same funding and training benefits, and affiliation with, the broader South East Network for Social Sciences.

Fees only studentships are open to all applicants. Check individual PhD descriptions for information on stipends and residential eligibility.

To apply for MiSoC funding, you need to:

  • Review the MiSoC studentship descriptions below, and choose the project for which you are eligible and which is the best fit for you.
  • Contact the named primary supervisor for this project for an informal discussion at least two weeks prior to the PhD deadline. If, after this discussion, you feel you are a good match for this research project, apply for a PhD place at ISER or Bristol by 18 January 2021.
  • Start thinking about key aspects of your funding application. Your supervisor can advise you about what is required for this, and will set up an interview date by 15 February 2021.
  • You will hear about the status of your funding application no later than 1 March 2021.

  • Linked Studentship for PhD in Sociology: Local immigrant integration (Supervised by Dr Renee Luthra (Sociology))
  • Linked Studentship for PhD in Economics: Young people’s social skills (Supervised by Dr Birgitta Rabe (ISER) and Professor Sonia Bhalotra (Economics))
  • Linked Studentship for PhD in Economics: Skill acquisition during Higher Education (Supervised by Professor Emilia Del Bono and Dr Angus Holford (ISER))
  • Linked Studentship for PhD in Social Policy: Childhood family environment and the family and labour market outcomes of siblings (Supervised by Professor Susan Harkness and Professor Esther Dermott (University of Bristol))

Understanding Society Linked Studentships:


Taught and research degrees


Supervision and teaching from leading academics


Fully-funded studentships through our Doctoral Training Centre

How to apply

A step by step guide