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ESRC Economic and Social Research Council

Overview

2012 Funding Round


ESRC

Applications ranked*

ESRC Applications nominated to next round, within University maximums

ESRC Awards received

 

ESRC

Masters

Doctoral

2

4

2

1

0

1

*Please refer to "application procedure - specific to History Faculty graduate courses" below.

free_books[1].jpgThe University of Cambridge is an accredited ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and has been allocated 26 studentships in total it can award for each academic year.   A number of these awards are allocated to specific subject areas (4 to Economics, 4 to Business Studies, 20% (eg 5) to collaborative funding, eg CASE (Collaborative awards in science and engineering) studentships or similar).  This leaves approximately 13 awards that can be allocated to all other subject areas that qualify for ESRC funding, and Economic and Social History within the History Faculty is one of those.

Applicants may not normally apply for both AHRC and ESRC awards – only one of the two options will be appropriate.

There are two options for ESRC funding: 1+3 and +3 funding.

The 1+3 funding option is designed to provide funding for those applicants who have not yet attained the ESRC's required level of research training.  The scheme provides funding to undertake an ESRC-recognised MPhil course at an ESRC-recognised institution and, subject to the Faculty's agreement that a satisfactory outcome of the MPhil has been achieved and the ESRC's approval for release of further funding, continuation in order to complete a PhD.

The +3 funding option provides funding, up to 3 years, to undertake PhD study.  Current PhD students may apply for +3 funding but the length of the award will be reduced dependent upon how many years of study have been completed at the time of application.

Applicants for part-time PhD study: The AHRC/ESRC fund part-time students in all situations.  However, part-time awards from the Research Councils supply only 50% of the full-time rate for tuition fees.  This may cause difficulties since the University of Cambridge charges part-time students 60% of the full-time rate.  Applicants are entitled to apply to the CHESS Scheme as well as to the AHRC or ESRC.  In addition to offering full-fees awards, the CHESS scheme sometimes offers part-time students ‘top-up awards’ to cover the shortfall between a Research Council award and the University’s tuition rate.

College fees: at the time of writing, it is unclear whether College Fees will be covered by the ESRC award, further details will be available on the Student Registry website as this matter is resolved.  As this issue is likely to be resolved after the Faculty deadline, please send in the required forms by the Faculty deadline and inform us, after the matter is resolved, if you don’t want to be considered for this award.

Subject Coverage:

the AHRC and ESRC Statements on Subject Coverage may be helpful in clarifying for a prospective applicant whether to submit a funding application to either AHRC or ESRC:

AHRC:

http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/What-We-Do/Fund-world-class-research/Subject-coverage/Pages/Subject-coverage.aspx

ESRC:

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/_images/Joint_AHRC_ESRC_Statement_on_Subject_Coverage_tcm8-2637.pdf

If you have questions about eligibility, please email the Academic Secretary of the MPhil in Economic and Social History for guidance: see contacts.

Student Registry:

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/studentregistry/fees/funding/councils/esrc/index.html (the Student Registry website states a different date for submission of the ESRC application form – please see sections “Application procedure – specific to History Faculty graduate courses” and “What forms do you need to complete now/immediately?” for details of the Faculty deadline)

 

Eligibility

Applicants not eligible:

  • Applicants who are of UK/EU nationality, applying for admission to the remaining five Faculty MPhil courses (Early Modern History, Historical Studies, Medieval History, Modern European History, Political Thought and Intellectual History) are not eligible
  • Overseas nationality applicants for admission/continuation, to MPhil or PhD (full or part-time) and overseas nationality current PhD students are not eligible
  • Applicants who are of UK/EU nationality, applying for admission/continuation to the Faculty’s PhD course and part-time PhD course who have not studied or are not studying Economic and Social History are not eligible.
  • Current PhD students (UK/EU nationality) who have a year or more of study remaining and are not studying within the Economic and Social History subject area are not eligible.

 

    Eligible applicants:

    • Applicants who are of UK/EU nationality, applying for admission to the MPhil in Economic and Social History course for October 2013 are eligible to apply for ESRC 1+3 studentships
    • Applicants who are of UK/EU nationality, applying for admission/continuation to the Faculty’s PhD course and part-time PhD course who will study Economic and Social History and have had postgraduate training in the social sciences are eligible to apply for ESRC +3 studentships.
    • Current PhD students who are of UK/EU nationality who have a year or more of study remaining and are studying within the Economic and Social History subject area may be eligible to apply for ESRC +3 studentship (pro-rata).

     

    Application procedure – specific to History Faculty graduate courses

    • All applicants for this funding stream MUST apply for admission/continuation by the admission/continuation deadlines (unless the applicant is a current PhD student: see special instructions below in next section).
    • All applications will be preliminarily screened by the Academic Secretary of the MPhil in Economic and Social History to ensure that they are eligible to be considered for ESRC funding, if the application is not eligible, it will not be considered.  If you have questions about eligibility, please email the Academic Secretary of the MPhil in Economic and Social History for guidance: see contacts.
    • All applications will be ranked using the information supplied by the applicant within the admission/continuation package.
    • Applicants must have at least a conditional offer of admission in order to be ranked.
    • The Faculty Ranking Committee will rank all applicants   Successful applicants will be contacted in late February 2013 to complete an ESRC application form: email is our preferred method, if an email address bounces then the Faculty will use alternative means (telephone and finally mail) but the Faculty will make contact.  If you do not receive an email by the end of February 2013, applicants should  conclude that the funding application is not being taken forward and this funding stream has closed to them.  Due to pressures of time, the Degree Committee Office will not be able to contact individual unsuccessful applicants in writing.
    • The Degree Committee will not process an ESRC application form from a candidate who does not fulfil the ESRC’s eligibility criteria.  Residence and academic criteria for awards in 2013-2014 will be sent with the application form in the form of an Additional Information Document.
    • Only those applications highly ranked by the Faculty will be sent, along with the applicant’s ESRC application form, to the University Committee that considers applicants for these awards.  The University Committee receives ranked lists from all University Faculties and Departments and may re-rank applicants as a result of the finite number of awards available.  Applicants should note that even by reaching the Faculty Ranking Committee and University Committee stage, some applicants will not receive awards due to the finite number of awards available.
    • The University Committee will produce a definitive ranked list of applicants to be nominated for an award to the ESRC: some applicants will be successful and some will not.  It is essential applicants apply for all funding streams they can and do not just apply to the ESRC.  All successful applicants on the University ranked list will be contacted by the Faculty by the end of April 2013.  If you do not receive an email by the end of April 2013, applicants should  conclude that the funding application is not being taken forward and this funding stream has closed to them.  Due to pressures of time, the Degree Committee Office will not be able to contact individual unsuccessful applicants in writing.
    • Applicants may apply for admission and ESRC funding at several universities, but the ESRC will only accept one nomination from one university for a given student.  If more than one university wishes to nominate a student for an award, the student must choose which one to accept and inform all other parties that their awards are not required.
    • Those applicants who receive and accept a studentship nomination to the ESRC for an award are then required to complete a Student Nomination on JeS (Joint Electronic Submission system) in September 2013.  The window for completing the Student Nomination is likely to be only 2 to 4 weeks from start to finish.
    • Applicants who receive a studentship nomination are reminded that they are required to satisfy academic eligibility criteria for the award.


    What forms do you need to complete now/immediately?

    (a)    Make sure you submit an Advance Notification Form*

    by midnight (GMT) on 1 October 2012 (for EU admission applicants)
    or
    by Midnight (GMT) on 30 November 2012 (for UK admission applicants and EU/UK continuation applicants).

    (b)    Make sure you submit your admission/continuation (GRADSAF) application form and all supporting documents via the University’s online admission/continuation portal

    by midnight (GMT) on 1 October 2012 (for EU admission  applicants)
    or
    or by Midnight (GMT) on 30 November 2012 (for UK admission applicants and EU/UK continuation applicants).

    Make sure you fully complete the Funding Section of the  GRADSAF application form

    (c)     By midnight (GMT) on 1 October 2012 (for EU admission  applicants) or or by Midnight (GMT) on 30 November 2012 (for UK admission applicants and EU/UK continuation applicants) send to the Academic Secretary of the MPhil in Economic and Social History a one page paper explaining your eligibility for ESRC 1+3 or +3 funding by answering the following questions:

    • Please confirm you are applying for the MPhil in Economic and Social History and a PhD, ie, 1+3 funding? or
    • Please confirm you are applying for the PhD in Economic and Social History, ie, +3 funding?
    • If you are applying for +3 funding, does your topic fall within the ESRC's remit?
    • If you are applying for +3 funding, does your masters or equivalent degree meet the ESRC research training requirements?  EITHER indicate which ESRC approved Masters' degree you have taken OR write a paragraph explaining what you have done that means you meet the ESRC requirements.  The following may be helpful: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/funding-opportunities/looking-for-funding/postgraduate-funding-guide.aspx

     

      Current University of Cambridge History PhD students Special instructions

      1. Request a “Funding preliminary application pack” from the Degree Committee Office by 31 October 2012
      2. Complete and submit the “Funding preliminary application pack”, including the Advance Notification Form*, by Midnight (GMT) on 30 November 2012

      * You must send in an Advance Notification Form - this tells us what funding you think you might be eligible for.  An Additional Information Document will be sent to you in late February 2013.  The Additional Information email will contain the University ESRC application form that you will need to complete as well as up to date information about ESRC funding.

      By midnight (GMT) on 1 October 2012 (for EU admission applicants) or by Midnight (GMT) on 30 November 2012 (for UK admission applicants and EU/UK continuation applicants) send a one page paper explaining your eligibility for ESRC +3 funding by answering the following questions:

      A) Please confirm you are applying for the PhD in Economic and Social History, ie, +3 funding?

      B) If you are applying for +3 funding, does your topic fall within the ESRC's remit?

      C) If you are applying for +3 funding, does your masters or equivalent degree meet the ESRC research training requirements?  EITHER indicate which ESRC approved Masters' degree you have taken OR write a paragraph explaining what you have done that means you meet the ESRC requirements.

      The following may be helpful:

      http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/funding-opportunities/looking-for-funding/postgraduate-funding-guide.aspx

      Other Funding Options

      Due to the limited number of awards available, all applicants are strongly encouraged to actively investigate and apply for other funding options listed within this guide.

      You can also research additional options using the Student Registry Search Engine.


      Contacts


      University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions Office
      Email: Graduate.Admissions@admin.cam.ac.uk
      Tel: +44 (0)1223 760606
      Web: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/

      Faculty of History: Admission enquiries

      Web: http://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/prospective-graduates

      PhD / MPhil in Economic and Social History

      Email: ecsoc@hist.cam.ac.uk

      Tel: 01223 748152

      Faculty of History: Funding enquiries

      Degree Committee Office

      Email: gradfunding@hist.cam.ac.uk,

      Tel: 01223 335305*

      * During peak times,(which are Nov 2012 – March 2013), it is recommended that email be used.