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40 SeNSS ESRC-Funded Student-led Studentships Available

South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS)


The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) offers funding of up to £20,000 per year for you to undertake postgraduate studies. 

SeNSS is offering approximately 40 student-led studentships for an October 2020 start, in 13 social science disciplines across 10 universities with exceptional reputations for postgraduate training and research.  

Where and what can you study?

  • 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

Why apply?

  • Get paid to study! This funding is intended to cover your living costs and tuition fees, to allow you to focus on your research for between 3-4 years.
  • Work on a topic you are passionate about, leading to obtaining a PhD.
  • Join a friendly community of postgraduate researchers.
  • Have access to fantastic training opportunities and funding not only in your specific field, but also broader academic training.
  • Develop a range of important employability skills, enabling you to work either in industry, government, or in an NGO etc., or in academia.
  • These studentships are offered by SeNSS, which is funded by the Economics and Social Research Council

What options are available?

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

 Are you eligible?

  • Residential criteria: 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 degree with distinction or merit, which includes relevant research methods training.
  • To apply for funding to complete your current PhD: please check our website

How to apply:

  1. Check your eligibility.
  2. If you are eligible, identify the SeNSS university at which you want to study, and an academic in your field at that university you would like to work with (your supervisor).
  3. Apply directly to that university by 20 January 2020, and follow their processes and deadlines for SeNSS funding applications. 

For more information, please go to the SeNSS website 

If you are interested in applying for a SeNSS Supervisor-led Studentship, please click here.

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, Part Time
Placed On: 1st October 2019
Closes: 20th January 2020
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