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38+ SeNSS ESRC-Funded Student-led Studentships Available

South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS)

SeNSS is offering student-led funded studentships for the 2019/20 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, tailored to your needs
  • Collaborative and work placement opportunities across a network of non-academic organisations
  • Opportunities for overseas visits and fieldwork, attending and presenting at conferences and events, and academic publishing 

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 £14,777 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 funding for a Masters followed by a PhD: qualifications or professional experience equivalent 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 professional experience equivalent to a Masters degree with distinction or merit, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience are required

Residential eligibility

Fully funded studentships are available ONLY to Home or EU students who meet the UKRI eligibility criteria. For a full award (fees + stipend), 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 2019
  • Not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (not applicable to UK/ EU nationals)

The only exception is that international students may apply to the Economics Pathway and, if successful, may receive a full award.

EU students who have not been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to 30 September 2019 may be eligible for a fees-only award if they are ‘ordinarily resident’ in an EU member state.

How to apply:

  1. Check your academic and residential eligibility
  2. If eligible, decide which SeNSS university you’d like to attend and which supervisor you want to work with (spend some time researching this)
  3. Apply directly to that university by 20 January 2019, and follow their processes and deadlines for SeNSS funding applications

Considering making an application?

For further information, go to the SeNSS website:

If you are interested in applying for a SeNSS Supervisor-led Studentship, please visit:

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Canterbury, Colchester, Falmer, Guildford, London, Norwich, Reading
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £14,777 see advert text
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 15th October 2018
Closes: 20th January 2019
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