Interdisciplinary Student-Led Networks

The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) is promoting interdisciplinary activities for postgraduate research students by offering a small amount of funding for students to run activities/events etc to develop their own Networks.

These Student-led Networks will focus on substantive themes (for example, gender, sustainability, big data etc) that are multi-disciplinary. Ideally these networks/groups will encourage participation from students across a variety of DTP pathway/discipline areas and perhaps even wider to PGR students in other areas of the Arts and Humanities and Science subjects.The funding can be used to cover the running of events (room bookings, presenters’ fees, promotion/advertising and catering), travel and subsistence to support the development of the Networks.

The original funding was to ‘set up’ your network and it is not expected that you would be applying for additional funding.  One of your aims is hopefully to find ways in which your network can be sustained beyond the first year.

Key eligibility criteria:

Applicants must be based in a Social Sciences department at one of the 7 partner universities and have named support for promotion and organisation of the network from students at each of the 7 partner universities.

The network must appeal to a number of disciplines and this must be clearly indicated on the application form.

Key information:

The expectation is that the activities/events will be available in the 2017/18 academic session. The Network should be open to all WRDTP Social Sciences doctoral students.

How to apply

You must submit an application to your Scholarships Officer at your home university who will check the form before forwarding it to the WRDTP.

Received applications are checked by the relevant Scholarships Officer to ensure they are eligible for funding, logged and then passed to the WRDTP Office to be considered by the AQC.

The WRDTP will notify the Scholarships Officer when a decision has been made which will be passed on to the applicant.

WRDTP ESRC Funding Scheme 2017/18 Timescales

Call Application Due Panel
8 December 2017 9 February 2018 21 February 2018
16 March 2018 30 April 2018 8 May 2018
18 May 2018 29 June 2018 6 July 2018

You must read the scheme guidance notes before completing the application form.

If you are awarded funding from any of the ESRC schemes we encourage you to share your experience with the WRDTP community via the PGR Forum.  Also as a recipient of funding any correspondence or event materials should be appropriately branded, see our Visual Identity webpage for details.

If you have any questions please email