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Cambridge receives accreditation for ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership

last modified Sep 13, 2016 01:30 PM

The University of Cambridge is pleased to announce that it has been accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to host a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) from October 2017. This will follow on from the existing Doctoral Training Centre within the University which was established in 2011.

Cambridge will be one of just 14 ESRC DTPs in the UK and will be an important vehicle for delivering innovative social science training and promoting the social sciences more generally. With direct funding from ESRC, and support of a broad range of non-academic partners (in government, industry and the third sector), the Partnership will support six annual cohorts of doctoral studentships commencing in October 2017.

Students will be based in one of 24 participating Departments across the University ranging from core social disciplines to pockets of social science research in STEM and Arts & Humanities disciplines. They will work on projects within broad ‘challenge’ areas of social science including:

  • sustainability, prosperity and well-being;
  • inequality, equity, justice and economic growth;
  • conflict, culture, mobility and development;
  • emerging technologies, human behaviour and productivity;
  • cognition, behaviour, language and learning.

The unique Cambridge environment will offer aspiring social scientists the opportunity to work in news ways across disciplinary boundaries and will help them develop their professional skills as leading social scientists of the future, including opportunities for internships, ‘real-world’ social science and public engagement.