When is my funding end date and submission date?
The end date of your ESRC award refers to the end of your funded period of study. Your final submission deadline may be later than your funding end date, if your degree programme allows for unfunded ‘writing-up’ time. However, the ESRC and LISS DTP advise that you submit your thesis as close to your funding end date as possible, as evidence suggests students often find it very difficult to complete their PhDs whilst unfunded or while holding full-time jobs.
What is ‘Writing up’ time?
If you have been granted an extension to your award such that your funded PhD period is longer than 3 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) (for example, if you receive a 3-month extension for an overseas institutional visit) then you would only have the balance of your final year (9 months) as unfunded writing up time.
What is the duration of my studentship award?
Students awarded +3 studentships after they have already commenced doctoral studies have the length of funding adjusted, such that they are funded until the end of the 3rd year as a full-time student, or the end of your 6th year as a part-time student.
The dates at which the funded period of your award starts and ends will have been listed in your studentship offer letter, which you should keep for reference. If you change between part and full-time status or receive extensions or interruptions to your study period, the duration of your award payment period will be adjusted.
What holiday am I entitled to as a LISS DTP student?
Full-time students are allowed up to eight weeks’ holiday (including public holidays) each year as approved by their supervisor. (Pro-rata calculations should be made for part-time students and periods less than a year).