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6 SeNSS ESRC-Funded Supervisor-led Studentships Available

South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS)

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Canterbury, Colchester, Falmer, Guildford, London, Norwich, Reading
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: see advert text
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 1st October 2019
Closes: 20th January 2020


SeNSS is offering 6 funded supervisor-led collaborative studentships for an October 2020 start, in 13 social science disciplines across 10 universities with exceptional reputations for postgraduate 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 

What is a SeNSS collaborative studentship?

  • Join an expert team of leading Social Scientists and an external partner who have already developed and defined a research project.
  • Play a leading role on this tea as the postgraduate researcher

Why apply?

  • Get paid to study! This funding is intended to cover your living costs and tuition fees, allowing you to focus on your research.
  • Work on an innovative disciplinary topic, obtaining a PhD.
  • Be supported by an expert supervisory team.
  • Join a friendly community of postgraduate researchers.
  • Have access to fantastic training opportunities and funding.
  • Develop important employability skills, enabling you to work either in industry, government, or an NGO, or in academia.
  • These studentships are offered by SeNSS, which is funded by the Economics and Social Research Council. 

Are you eligible?

  • Fully-funded studentships are open to UK and EU students who have settled in the UK with no restrictions on their length of stay, and who have been a UK ‘ordinary resident’ for 3 years prior to 30 September 2020, and who have not have been residing in the UK mainly for the purpose of full-time education. Studentships are not available to international applicants except those applying for Economics.
  • To apply for a Masters plus PhD you will need: qualifications or professional experience equivalent to a first or upper second class honours degree.
  • To apply for a PhD only you will need: qualifications or professional experience equivalent to a Masters with distinction or merit, which includes relevant research methods training.
  • To apply for funding to complete your PhD: check our website. 

What options are available?

  • +3 (PhD) or 4-year (Masters and PhD) studentships.
  • Full- or part-time study.
  • Fully-funded studentships (tax-free living costs at approximately £15k p.a., plus London weighting where relevant, and tuition fees of £4k+ p.a.) for UK and eligible EU students, and international Economics students.
  • Fees-only studentships (tuition fees of £4k+ p.a.) for EU students who have lived in the UK for less than three years. 

I’m interested! How do I apply?

  1. Check your eligibility.
  2. Review the 6 research proposals (released 1 November), and choose the project which fits you best.
  3. Contact the named primary supervisor for an informal discussion.
  4. Think about key aspects of your application, guided by your supervisor.
  5. Apply for a PhD place at the university offering the project you are interested in by 20 January 2020.
  6. Complete SeNSS’s on-line studentship application by 2 March 2020.
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