Over 35 SeNSS ESRC-Funded Studentships Available

Both Supervisor-Led Collaborative Programmes and Student-Led Programmes Available

SeNSS is offering at least 35 funded studentships for the 2018/19 academic year, in 13 social science disciplines across 10 universities with exceptional reputations for doctoral training and research:

  • 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
  • Science, Technology, and Sustainability Studies
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Work and Social Policy
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Sociology
  • Note: not all universities offer all pathways

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 organisations, offering collaborative and work placement opportunities
  • Opportunities for overseas visits and fieldwork, attending and presenting at conferences and events, and academic publishing

Available Studentships:

Studentships are available as +3 (PhD) or 4- year (Masters and PhD) awards, and on a full- or part-time basis.

Fully-funded SeNSS Studentships include:

  • Tuition fees (UK/EU rates)
  • Maintenance stipend at RCUK rates (currently £14,553 p.a., tax free)
  • London weighting: £2,000 p.a. (London-based SeNSS universities only)
  • Research training support grants
  • Access to further research funding

Academic eligibility

  • For Masters and PhD funding: qualifications or experience equal to a first or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience are required
  • For PhD funding: qualifications or experience equal to a Masters degree with distinction or merit, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience are required

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 2018 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.

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 2018
  • 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)

Fees-only eligibility – you must:

  • Be ‘ordinarily resident’ in an EU member state

How to apply:

Note: Each SeNSS university has its own deadlines for applying for a SeNSS studentship.

Considering making an application?

For further information, go to the SeNSS website: http://senss-dtp.ac.uk/apply/