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Funding Eligibility

Academic Qualifications

For all studentships, students must have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first- or upper second-class level, from a UK academic higher education institution. Degree qualifications gained from outside the UK, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience that is equivalent to a relevant UK degree, may be accepted.
The ESRC reserves the right to deal as it sees fit with applications of an unusual character.
+3 Awards – The ESRC expects that applicants embarking on a +3 programme would have achieved a level of research training that would allow them to proceed directly to PhD; this is usually through the attainment of a previous Master’s qualification in the social sciences.

Residential Eligibility

The South Coast DTP is able to recruit a limited number of overseas and EU students in Economics or Advanced Quantitative Methods.
In all other areas, students must be considered as UK residents.
The legal basis for defining residence eligibility for postgraduate training awards is set down in the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1997. Candidates for awards must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if:
• The candidate has been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship grant
• Has not been resident in the UK, during any part of that three-year period wholly or mainly for the purposes of full time education, and
• Has settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (ie is not subject to any restriction on the period for which he/she may stay).
For purposes of residence requirements the UK includes the United Kingdom and Islands (ie the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).
A relevant connection may be established for an EU student if the student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the three-year period preceding the start of the course (including for full-time education).
British citizens are not subject to immigration control but only those other nationals who have been granted written permission to stay in the UK permanently are considered to have settled status.
It is important to note that residential eligibility is based on a physical presence in the UK. British citizenship in itself does not satisfy the residential eligibility requirement.
The Research Councils have agreed a number of underlying principles in relation to the recruitment of non-UK domiciled candidates to Research Council funded studentships. In light of this, ESRC has agreed to relax the rules around international eligibility in strategic areas, allowing fees and stipends to be paid for a limited number of students from outside the UK.