SeNSS Social Sciences PhD Studentships

University of Reading

The University of Reading is delighted to be part of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), a prestigious Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. SeNSS will be offering a number of fully funded ESRC doctoral studentships to start in autumn 2018.

SeNSS scholarships provide innovative and challenging world-class doctoral training in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary research environment, offering you a wide range of subject-specific, generic and advanced training tailored to your individual needs as well as opportunities for overseas visits and fieldwork. As a SeNSS doctoral student, you will become part of a large cohort of fellow SeNSS students which will offer you support and networking opportunities.

Studentships are available as +3 (PhD) or four year awards (Master’s and PhD), and on a full- or part-time basis.

Subjects Available

The University of Reading is offering ESRC SeNSS studentships in nine subject areas ('pathways'), listed below.

1. Business and Management

Schools: Henley Business School

Pathway lead contact: Dr Gianluca Marcato, g.marcato@henley.reading.ac.uk  

See Reading's research in this area.

2.Development Studies

Schools: School of Agriculture, Policy & Development; School of Politics, Economics and International Relations; Department of Geography and Environmental Science

Pathway lead contact: Dr Zahra Siddique, z.siddique@reading.ac.uk

See some of Reading's research in this area.

3.Economics

Schools: Department of Economics

Pathway lead contact: Professor Ferdinand Vieider, f.vieider@reading.ac.uk

See Reading's research and supervisors in this area.

4. Education

Schools: Institute of Education

Pathway lead contact: Dr Daisy Powell, d.a.powell@reading.ac.uk

See Reading's research and supervisors in this area here and here.

5. Human Geography

Schools: Department of Real Estate and Planning; School of the Built Environment; Department of Geography and Environmental Science

Pathway lead contacts: Professor Kathy Pain, k.pain@reading.ac.uk; Dr Libby Schweber, l.schweber@reading.ac.uk

See Reading's research and supervisors in this area:

Real Estate and Planning research and supervisors

Built Environment Research Division

Supervisors in Architecture

Supervisors in Construction Management and Engineering

 6. Linguistics

Schools: Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics; School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences; Institute of Education

Pathway lead contacts: Dr Jacqueline Laws, j.v.laws@reading.ac.uk; Dr Ian Cunnings, i.cunnings@reading.ac.uk

See some examples of Reading's research and supervisors in this area below:

Research in Language, Literacy and Education

Modern Languages and Linguistics research theme

Language, Development and Ageing research theme

Psycholinguistics Lab

Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism

Supervisors in the Department of English language and Applied Linguistics

Supervisors in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language

 7. Politics and International Studies

Schools: School of Politics, Economics and International Relations

Pathway lead contact: Dr Rob Jubb, r.s.jubb@reading.ac.uk

See Reading's research in this area.

 8. Psychology

Schools: School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

Pathway lead contact: Professor Judi Ellis, j.a.ellis@reading.ac.uk

See Reading's  research and supervisors  in this area.

 9. Socio-Legal Studies

Schools: School of Law

Pathway lead contact: Dr Dimitrios Kyritsis, d.kyritsis@reading.ac.uk

See Reading's research and supervisors in this area.

How to apply

See further details and application instructions at University of Reading Graduate School.

Academic eligibility

  • For Master’s and PhD funding: qualifications or experience equal to a first (1) or upper second (2.1) class honours degree or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience are required.
  • For PhD (+3) funding: qualifications or experience equal to a Master’s degree with distinction or merit, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience are required. Your Master’s degree must be in a relevant discipline, and include significant research methods training.

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 three years prior to 30 September 2017 may be eligible for a fees-only award. (The only exception is that international students may apply to the Economics Pathway and, if successful, will receive a full award.)

To be eligible for a full award, 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 doesn’t apply to UK/ EU nationals)

To be eligible for a fees-only award, you must:

  • Be ‘ordinarily resident’ in an EU member state
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