Below from Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Website
Welcome, you should be reading this because you wish to apply for an ESRC studentship through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. We run a number of Award Competitions annually through which studentships can be secured. They are:
- The Pathway Competition
- The Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) Competition
- The Open Competition
- The Collaborative Competition
The first three competitions are administered through one single process. ESRC studentships in the Pathway Competition are assigned to our 24 pathways and the pathways award them to applicants on the basis of academic merit. If an applicant is proposing using or developing advanced quantitative methods through their research then they may be considered in the AQM Competition in parallel to being considered in the Pathway Competition.
Applicants who are unsuccessful in securing a studentship through the Pathway Competition and/or the AQM Competition are then automatically considered within the Open Competition. ESRC studentships in the Open Competition are awarded by the Scottish Graduate School, again on the basis of academic merit, through a cross-pathway competition.
Further details on how to apply can be found here.
The Collaborative Award Competition is managed separately and details can be found here.