Social Science studentships available at the University of Sussex via SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership

University of Sussex

The University of Sussex and the South-East Network for Social Science invite applications for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) PhD studentship awards within and across the following fields:

  • Business and Management
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Human Geography
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Psychology 
  • Science, Technology and Sustainability 
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Work and Social Policy
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Sociology

Why Sussex?

Sussex hosts a vibrant community of doctoral researchers from across the social sciences. Sussex is renowned for the quality of its innovative, creative and interdisciplinary research. Doctoral researchers work within one of the 12 training pathways, based in our schools of study and research centres. Together with regular pathway development events and seminars, academic study at Sussex is complemented by a suite of research development courses so that researchers can fully realise their potential.  University activities are supplemented by additional support and activities offered by the SeNSS network.

What is SeNSS?

The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) is one of only 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council. The SeNSS consortium is formed of 10 leading UK universities, all of which are engaged in cutting-edge social science research and training. The SeNSS consortium members are: universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Reading, Roehampton, Surrey and Sussex, as well as City, Goldsmiths and Royal Holloway from the University of London. SeNSS is committed to supporting its internationally recognised researchers and to producing the next generation of talented social scientists.

What does SeNSS at Sussex have to offer?

If you are successful in attracting a SeNSS studentship you will:

-have your fees paid and receive a stipend to cover your living expenses (subject to residential eligibility in the UK; EU residents will have only their fees paid; students from outside the EU are not eligible).

-be eligible to apply for further financial support for training and research expenses, such as conference trips, overseas fieldwork, and learning a language or other skill integral to your research project.

-benefit from a vibrant research environment with lots of opportunity to develop yourself as well as your research, through specialist research seminars, reading groups, lectures by world class visiting speakers, and the Doctoral School's Researcher Development Programme.

-have the opportunity to undertake an internship with a highly influential non-academic policy organisation.

You can also benefit from research and practical expertise available across all the other SeNSS institutions, via existing research networks, joint or additional supervision, and access to training.  

How to apply? If you wish to apply for a SeNSS studentship you must first apply for a place on a PhD course at the University of Sussex: .

Once you have secured a place you will be invited to apply online for a SeNSS studentship. The invitation will be sent via an e-mail which will contain the link and access code to the application.

SeNSS studentships are only open to UK and EU students who meet the RCUK residency requirements.

Sussex holds an annual briefing session on how to apply for studentship funding. The briefing will take place as part of our Sussex PhD Open Evening on Wednesday November 16th 2016. See our website for further details:

Please note: The deadline for applications to the University of Sussex is 4pm 10th January 2017.