We fund students undertaking Masters + PhD programmes (1+3 funding) and stand-alone PhD programmes (+3 funding).

In addition to covering the cost of programme fees, those in receipt of a South Coast DTP studentship award will also receive an annual maintenance grant of £15,285  (2020/21 UKRI rate).  South Coast DTP PhD students will also have access to additional funding for things such as carrying out fieldwork, purchasing essential equipment and attending relevant conferences.

In addition to our Open Call for student-inspired projects, we are also accepting applications to the projects listed below.  To apply for any of these projects, or to the open call, please complete the relevant application forms by clicking on the ‘Apply’ tab at the top of the page.

University of Brighton

University of Portsmouth

University of Southampton

University of Brighton

Impact of migrant remittances on promoting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in home countries (B2103) (University of Brighton)

Exploring how social policy can inform green social prescribing as an instrument for social justice and inclusion (B2105) (University of Brighton)

Improving community partnerships in local policy through enhanced participation for marginalised groups. (B2107)(University of Brighton)

Investigating the role of employee ethnicity as a risk factor for exploitative labour practices in the UK adult social care industry: a focus on East Sussex and Hampshire (B2109)(University of Brighton)

‘Smart and just’ or ‘dumb and unfair?’ Identifying the policy implications and design characteristics of smart, urban, digital ecosystems from a justice perspective (B2112)(University of Brighton)

University of Portsmouth

Area Studies

Lethal autonomous weapon systems and the violation of human dignity. (P2117)(University of Portsmouth)

Student political activism in student’ own words, c.1945-2000 (P2109)(University of Portsmouth)


An evidence-based approach to promoting honesty in child witnesses (P2103)(University of Portsmouth)

Examining the utility of individuating strategies in collaborative recall contexts (P2105)(University of Portsmouth)

Understanding sexual behaviour and attitudes: a big data approach (P2107)(University of Portsmouth)

Living without a sense of smell (P2110)(University of Portsmouth)

Can VR help motivate and support marginalised young people to reduce risky behaviour? (P2116)(University of Portsmouth)

Supporting autistic students through university using a collaborative participatory research approach (P2112)(University of Portsmouth)

University of Southampton


Fair and equitable allocation of common pool resources (S2108)(Economics)(University of Southampton)


Representing Everyday Life Using Mass Observation’s Covid-19 Collections (S2105)(Geography)(University of Southampton)

COVID-19 and the impact on UK cities, residential mobility and housing (S2137)(Geography)(University of Southampton)

Shrinking worlds? Young women’s experiences of loneliness in an age of austerity (S2150)(Geography)(University of Southampton)

Health Sciences

Understanding the personal networks of support relevant to marginalised older people’s access to an increasingly digitalised healthcare offering, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic (S2107)(Health Sciences)(University of Southampton)

How can we optimise nursing shift patterns to balance costs, patient outcomes and staff wellbeing? (S2114)(Health Sciences)(University of Southampton)

An investigation of gendered patient-doctor interaction in UK primary health (S2136)(Health Sciences)(University of Southampton)

Politics and International Relations

The role of Community Health Workers during epidemics: delivering inclusive healthcare in context of crises (S2128)(Politics and International Relations)(University of Southampton)

Mapping social media networks of political actors and understanding the flow of information through them from elites to the wider public (S2149)(Politics and International Relations)(University of Southampton)


Falling through the gaps? Investigating the experiences of autistic young people within Care and Education Treatment Reviews (S2104)(Psychology)(University of Southampton)

The relationship between music engagement, creativity and wellbeing in adolescents and young adults: longitudinal models and cross-sectional investigations (S2145)(Psychology)(University of Southampton)

ADHD and Physical Health: Relationship, Genetic, and Environmental Influences (S2146)(Psychology)(University of Southampton)

Preventing child anxiety disorders: Identifying therapeutic targets and improving access (S2147)(Psychology)(University of Southampton)

Social Statistics and Demography

New Forms of Data Collection: Data Quality of Sensor and App Data in the UK (S2117)(Social Statistics and Demography)(University of Southampton)

Measuring the quality of regional and national consumer price indices (S2123)(Social Statistics and Demography)(University of Southampton)

Prosthetic and Orthotic Service Provision in LMICS: Access, Benefits and Sustainability (S2133)(Social Statistics and Demography)(University of Southampton)

Southampton Business School

British South Asian entrepreneurial narratives: Investigating dynamics of locally- specific histories and networks and their potential for post-Brexit Britain (S2116)(Southampton Business School)(University of Southampton)

Following the Iron Ore Trail: Towards a Global Epistemology of Extractive Capital (S2124)(Southampton Business School)(University of Southampton)

Mixed-fleet routing and scheduling optimisation for healthcare logistics using vehicles, cargo bikes, ferries and drones (S2130)(Southampton Business School)(University of Southampton)

News Sentiment/Topic-based Financial Risk Factors with Graph Learning-based Risk Forecasting (S2143)(Southampton Business School)(University of Southampton)

How to make machine learning for credit scoring fair (S2144)(Southampton Business School)(University of Southampton)

Southampton Education School

Understanding belonging for people with profound intellectual disabilities (S2112)(Southampton Education School)(University of Southampton)

What really happens in secondary school teaching: an international comparison using data from the 2012, 2015 and 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) (S2115)(Southampton Education School)(University of Southampton)

Responding to student diversity in schools: the use of Inclusive Inquiry (S2127)(Southampton Education School)(University of Southampton)


To apply for funding for these projects, please visit our ‘Apply‘ page.



In addition to standard studentship payments, members of the South Coast DTP are able to apply to the following schemes for additional funds through the course of their studies:

Overseas Institutional Visits

Provides students with a funded extension and additional funding for travel and subsistence, to spend a maximum of 12 weeks at an overseas institution. The scheme is to be used to encourage international engagement, undertake additional specialist training not available in the UK, establish research links and disseminate early research career findings.

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In addition to the RCUK Internship scheme, The South Coast DTP Internship programme will enable students to undertake internships for up to 3 months during the course of their PhD. Students will receive an extension to their studentship for the same duration as their internship and may be able to claim up to £1000 per month to cover additional travel and accommodation expenses.

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Enhanced Student Training Fund

To facilitate student attendance at training courses outside of the normal DTP/Consortium network, the DTP will provide a limited number of bursaries of up to £1000 each. This funding will be available on a competitive basis and is to be used for attending UK/International courses which would enhance the research/research experience. These may be for specialised technical courses within the UK or for training in an area that expertise lies internationally.

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Student-led Training Fund

We will make funds available for students to set up their own training courses which can be advertised and attended by students across the entire DTP network. Previous examples have included audio-visual training, policy briefings, and knowledge exchange events.

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Overseas Visit Bursaries

In recognition of the competitive nature of the OIV scheme, the SCDTP will supplement this with an initiative to support students who wish to make shorter overseas visits to enhance their research. We will award a limited number of bursaries of up to £2000 each per year, to support visits of up to 1 month. This scheme will not attract an extension of the studentship.

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