Competition for SeNSS ESRC-Funded PhD Studentships

SeNSS is offering at least 35 funded Studentships for the 2017/18 academic year. These are available in 13 social science disciplines across 10 universities, each with an exceptional reputation for doctoral training and research:

SeNSS Universities:

  • City, University London
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Essex
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • University of Kent
  • Reading University
  • Roehampton University
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex


  • Business and Management Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Human Geography
  • Linguistics
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Sciences, Technology and Sustainability Studies
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Work and Social Policy
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Sociology
  • Note: not all pathways are available at all universities 

SeNSS studentships:
All studentships are available as a +3 (PhD) or a 1+3 (Masters and PhD), as well as on a full- or part-time basis.

SeNSS provides:

  • Innovative and challenging world-class doctoral training in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary research environment
  • Subject-specific, generic, and advanced training in elite training facilities, tailored to your individual needs
  • An existing network of over 200 external organisations, offering collaboration and work placement opportunities
  • Opportunities for overseas visits and fieldwork, attending and presenting at annual conferences and events, and academic publishing

What funding will you receive?
Fully-funded SeNSS Studentships include:

  • All tuition fees (UK/EU rates)
  • Maintenance stipend at RCUK rates (currently £14,296 per year, tax free)
  • London weighting: £2,000 per year (for London SeNSS Universities)
  • Research training support grant
  • Access to further research funding

Academic eligibility
To apply for Masters and PhD funding, you will need:

  • Qualifications or experience equal to a first or upper second class honours degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience

To apply for PhD funding, you will need:

  • Qualifications or experience equal to a first or upper second class Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience

Residential eligibility
Full SeNSS Studentships are available only to Home or EU students who meet the RCUK eligibility criteria. EU students who have not been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to 30 September 2017 may alternatively be eligible for a fees-only award.

Full award (fees + stipend) eligibility - you must:

  • Have settled in the UK with no restrictions on length of stay
  • Have been a UK ‘ordinary resident’ for three years prior to 30 September 2017
  • Not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this exclusion doesn’t apply to UK and EU nationals)

Fees-only eligibility – you must:

  • Be ‘ordinarily resident’ in an EU member state

How to apply:

  1. Check your funding eligibility at
  2. If you are eligible, decide which SeNSS University you want to study at (spend some time researching this, and your supervisor)
  3. Apply directly to that University and follow their process to apply for SeNSS Studentship, complying with the University’s internal deadlines

Each SeNSS University has its own deadlines for applying for a PhD place, and for a SeNSS Studentship

Considering making an application?

For further information, go to the SeNSS website: