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ESRC SeNSS PhD Studentship in Education

University of Reading - Institute of Education

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Reading
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th September 2018
Closes: 5th November 2018

Deadline for expressions of interest: 5 November 2018

The Institute of Education at Reading is one of the leading Education departments in the UK, with a thriving community of around 70 PhD students. We are currently inviting applications from excellent UK/EU students for a PhD funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership.

Interested candidates can find information about our areas of research expertise through consulting the websites of our two research groups, Language and Literacy in Education ( and Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education ( We invite applications from candidates with research interests relevant to these fields.

Studentships are available for three or four years (depending on applicants’ previous qualifications) and on a full- or part-time basis. We encourage candidates to apply as early as possible (initial expressions of interest should ideally be made by 5th November), to allow time for candidates to discuss proposals with potential supervisors and for shortlisting of those candidates who will go forward to the next round of the SeNSS competition. 

Further information about the SeNSS programme can be found here (


  • Applicants for a three-year award should typically hold or expect to gain a minimum of a high merit (a mark of 65 or more or equivalent) with a distinction (a mark of 70 or more) in their dissertation, in a Master's programme in Education or a related discipline. If you are applying for a four-year award, you need to have achieved at least a high 2.1 (an overall mark of 65 or more or equivalent) in your undergraduate degree.
  • Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is open to UK/EU students.

Funding Details:

  • Starts October 2019
  • RCUK Tuition fees plus stipend (for UK students; EU students are eligible only for RCUK tuition fees)

How to apply:

We encourage students to make an expression of interest as early as possible in the Autumn term, ideally before 5th November, with the deadline for formal applications likely to be in early December. Candidates shortlisted by Reading will go forward to the next round of the SeNSS competition with a deadline early in 2019.

For the initial stage, please:

  1. Contact Dr Daisy Powell, School Director of Postgraduate Research, on email: with brief details of your area of research interest and academic qualifications to date.
  2. Submit an application for a PhD Education at *Important note*: Please quote the reference ‘ESRC SeNSS’ in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding Section of your on-line application.

Further Enquiries:

If you would like more information about the Education pathway, please contact Dr Daisy Powell, School Director of Postgraduate Research, on email:

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