South West Doctoral Training Partnership

The South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to provide postgraduate research training in the social sciences.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 1 June 2017 at 12:00.

ESRC Industrial Strategy Studentships

We are delighted to announce the availability of fully-funded studentships for the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy in the ESRC-accredited South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP).

Applications must directly address one of the eight challenge areas identified in the Industrial Strategy from a social science perspective:

  • Robotics and artificial intelligence
  • Bioeconomy
  • Transformative digital technologies
  • Cutting-edge healthcare and medicine
  • New energy technologies including battery storage and grid technology
  • Manufacturing processes and materials of the future
  • Creative and cultural industries

or the following cross cutting challenges:

  • Place – understanding the role of industry in driving growth across the whole country and understanding regional variation/policies.
  • Transforming business practices – understanding what drives innovation in business and how best to support it.
  • Skills – exploring the skills needed by employers and managers to underpin the modern economy.
  • Digital Infrastructure – understanding the benefits and challenges of digital technologies and innovative use of data.

These studentships will be associated with the Sustainable Futures or Health and Wellbeing pathway at UWE Bristol.

UWE Bristol joined the SWDTP in 2016 to provide research expertise in the Sustainable Futures and Health and Wellbeing pathways. We have a wide range of opportunities for research study in these pathways based in relevant research centres and groups. Our research is characterized by its partnerships with external organisations and provides excellent opportunities for placements during study and for research with impact.

For the Sustainable Futures pathway, relevant research at UWE Bristol is primarily located in the Centre For Transport and Society and the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments. There is also research in our Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience, and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments that may be of interest.

For the Health and Wellbeing pathway, relevant research at UWE Bristol is primarily located in the Centre for Appearance Research, Centre for Health and Clinical Research, Social Science Research Group and Public Health and Wellbeing Group. There is also research in our Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology and Centre for Research in Biosciences, that may be of interest.

The ESRC SWDTP encourages collaboration across the universities of the partnership and with external organisations.

The closing date for application is 12:00 on Thursday 1 June 2017.
Studentships will start on 1 October 2017.

Initial enquiries

We strongly encourage you to discuss your proposed research topic with an academic staff member in your field. You can explore the member lists of our research groups and centres or search staff profiles using subject-area search terms (eg robotics) or an individual's name.

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us and we’ll try to put you in touch with the right people.

View links to information for each pathway.

Applications with a strong collaborative focus are encouraged. Please see the ESRC website for collaboration guidance.

Application process

You will need to submit the following documentation in order for us to consider your application:

  • Completed SWDTP application form which includes a 1,000-word Research Proposal.
  • Copies of your academic qualifications (both certificates and transcripts of module/course marks).
  • Two references (at least one should be an academic reference from the institution where you gained your highest degree).
  • If applicable, appropriate proof of English proficiency. 
  • Please include a CV with your application.
  • In addition to submitting your application to UWE Bristol, please also send an email to to confirm to which institution and pathway you have applied.

Your application will only be considered if it contains the above and you have met our minimum criteria. If we need further details or additional documentation we will contact you.

If researchers in the appropriate pathway are interested in your research proposal, we will invite you to a formal interview for a more in-depth discussion about your application.

Application pack

Download and complete the SWDTP application form and ensure that you read the SWDTP Guidance Notes and SWDTP eligibility criteria carefully before submitting your application and CV to the UWE Graduate School. Missing or incorrect information will delay the processing of your application.

Please also complete the Equal Opportunities form and complete the first section of the Application reference sheet before sending to your nominated referees.


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