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Collaborative Studentship Competition - SeNSS

South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) - South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS)

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Brighton, Essex, London, Norwich, Reading
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: please see advert text.
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 17th November 2021
Closes: 28th February 2022

The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) invites you to apply for a funded supervisor-led collaborative studentship starting in October 2022. This studentship award will provide you with around £20,000 per year to undertake postgraduate studies.

Funded by the Economics and Social Research Council, SeNSS offers 13 social science disciplines (Pathways) 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

Pathways/disciplines:

  • 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 team 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 and funding opportunities, not only in your specific field, but also in the broader academic sense.
  • Develop important employability skills, enabling you to work in, amongst others, industry, government, an NGO, or in academia.

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 per year, plus London weighting where relevant, tuition fees fully paid for the duration of your funding award, and access to additional funding for overseas fieldwork, language training, and/or other research training) for successful applicants.

Are you eligible?

  • Residential criteria: Fully-funded studentships are available to prospective students regardless of nationality or residency. Please check our website for the full residential criteria.
  • To apply for a Masters plus PhD you will need: qualifications or professional experience equivalent to a Bachelors degree with honours.
  • To apply for a PhD only you will need: qualifications or professional experience equivalent to a Masters, which includes relevant research methods training.

I’m interested! How do I apply?

  1. Check your eligibility.
  2. Review the 8 research proposals, 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 the primary supervisor.
  5. Apply for a PhD place at the university offering the project you are interested in, checking with that university to find out what its internal PhD place application deadline is.
  6. Complete SeNSS’s on-line studentship application by 28 February 2022. The application portal will be accessible via the SeNSS website in November 2021.

For more information, please go to the SeNSS website

Research Project: The drivers of demand for intellectual property (IP) instruments in the UK
Supervisor: Prof Suma Athreye
In collaboration with: UK IPO
SeNSS Pathway: Business & Management
SeNSS University: University of Essex

Research Project: Points of Contact: Researching new resources and strategies for teaching and learning music notation in tactile form for blind children using the Sounds of Intent Framework of Musical Development
Supervisor: Prof Adam Ockelford
In collaboration with: The Amber Trust
SeNSS Pathway: Education
SeNSS University: 
University of Roehampton

Research Project: How do schools prevent emerging issues with body image?
Supervisor:Dr Faith Orchard
In collaboration with: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
SeNSS Pathway: Psychology
SeNSS University: University of Sussex

Research Project: Shared book reading with young children with Down Syndrome: working with parents to enhance parent-child interaction and child language and communication outcomes
Supervisor: Dr Emma Pagnamenta
In collaboration with: Down Syndrome Education International (DSEI)
SeNSS Pathway: Linguistics
SeNSS University: University of Reading

Research Project: First Steps to Independence: Evaluating a Behaviourally Informed Travel Training Programme
Supervisor:Dr Amrish Patel
In collaboration with: Norfolk County Council
SeNSS Pathway: Economics
SeNSS University: University of East Anglia

Research Project: Flower, flora, fauna: can novel metrics of verbal fluency performance help detect individuals at risk of future cognitive decline?
Supervisor: Dr Claire Lancaster
In collaboration with: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
SeNSS Pathway: Psychology
SeNSS University: University of Sussex

Research Project:: Developing a Psychological Model of Recovery from Postpartum Psychosis
Supervisor: Dr Joanne Hodgekins
In collaboration with: Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
SeNSS Pathway: Psychology
SeNSS University: University of East Anglia

Research Project: Understanding sensorimotor optimisation of bimanual telerobotics from a human user perspective
Supervisor: Professor Dr Peter Scarfe
In collaboration with: RACE (UK Atomic Energy Authority)
SeNSS Pathway: Psychology
SeNSS University: University of East Anglia

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