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SeNNS (ESRC) Studentships

University of Roehampton

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £17,609
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 25th January 2022

SeNNS (ESRC) Studentships

The University of Roehampton is pleased to be part of the South-east Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), a consortium of 10 universities working as a Doctoral Training Partnership to offer Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships.

Candidates can apply through Roehampton for SeNSS studentships in two pathways - education and social anthropology.

Roehampton Education areas of expertise:-

  • Music psychology and music education
  • Education and neurodevelopmental/sensory disorders and disabilities
  • Mental health and wellbeing in education including pilot intervention studies
  • Neurocognitive markers of educational attainment and wellbeing
  • Early Childhood Education/Intervention
  • Effects of early trauma on education
  • Digital literacy/ digital skills
  • Social Justice in Education
  • Citizenship and Education
  • Science Education
  • Deaf Education
  • Bilingual Education
  • Gender, sexuality and education

Roehampton Social Anthropology specialisms:-

  • Anthropology of public health; medical anthropology; science and technology studies; scholarly knowledge production; research ethics; social scientific study of public health and biomedicine; research ethics; anthropology of knowledge, disciplinarily and scholarly publishing.
  • Environmental anthropology; environmental humanities; anthropology of science; science and technology studies; outer space studies; indigenous cosmologies and animism; anthropology of nature; multi-species ethnography; human-animal studies.
  • HIV/AIDS and Islam; sexuality, reproduction and notions of morality and uncertainty; biopolitics and health activism in Africa; cultural aspects of medicine and the life sciences. 
  • Interviewing and qualitative research methods; psychological and psychiatric anthropology; professional socialisation; anthropology of fieldwork and fieldwork experience.
  • The anthropology of humanoids & human-robot relations, the new climatic regime, and the politics of conservation and extinction.
  • Social anthropology and migration, ethnicity, nationalism and multiculturalism; substance misuse and harm reduction; homelessness; pilgrimage.
  • Sociology of sexuality and education; masculinities and schooling; intersectionality, citizenship education and political activism within schools; adolescent violence and education.

Applications for 2022/23 are now invited.

Fully Funded Doctoral Studentships & Maintenance Stipend - £17,609 for maintenance and fees covered.

Eligibility for ESRC funding

You must ensure that you fulfil all three eligibility criteria set up by the ESRC. These are:

  • Academic: for 1+3 awards (Masters plus PhD) you must have gained a 2.1 at least in your bachelor's degree; for +3 (PhD-only) awards you must be in possession of a relevant, and ESRC-recognised, Master's degree.
  • Residency: UK, EU and international students are eligible for a full award (fees plus annual stipend). If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact
  • We ask that students visit the SeNSS website for a description on who is eligible for an award.
  • Discipline: ESRC funding at Roehampton is available only for the pathways listed above; research topics which do not fall under these areas are not eligible for ESRC funding. 

More advice on ESRC eligibility criteria can be obtained from the relevant academic lead, or

Please also consult the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide, for further information on the different levels of funding available and the associated terms and conditions.

Application Process

Prospective or eligible current doctoral students AND prospective Masters plus PhD students who would like to apply for a SeNSS studentship at Roehampton must do so via the SeNSS online application system, HEIApply. Roehampton will be notified of your application automatically via HEIApply. You will also need to complete the Roehampton online application.

Your application will then go through a two-stage process:

  • The University of Roehampton will review your application and consider whether to offer you a place to study at Roehampton. At the same time, Roehampton will consider whether to progress your application through the SeNSS selection process.
  • If it is considered that your application should be progressed, an internal panel will review your application and consider whether to progress your application to the external review stage of the process. If it is progressed to the external review phase, a panel of SeNSS members subject specialists will review your application and decide whether you should be awarded funding.

At the same time as completing your application online, via HEIApply you should also make contact with the relevant Pathway Lead to talk informally about your proposed research, what supervision is available, and your eligibility for SeNSS. If you are a 1+3 candidate, you will also discuss eligible Masters programmes. Collaborative proposals (with a partner organisation) can be considered.

You are required to have made contact with the relevant pathway lead to express your interest in a SeNSS studentship and to have begun both the SeNSS and Roehampton online applications by 1 December 2021

Completed Roehampton applications must be received by 12pm Monday 4th January 2022. Interviews will take place over the following two weeks.

Following the interview process, you will have an opportunity to discuss and refine your application and update it on HEIApply.

Your SeNSS application must then be submitted on HEIApply by Monday 25th January, 2022.

You will be advised whether your application is going forward to SeNSS’s Final Selection Panel by 14th February. Studentship awards are likely to be made by end April 2022.

How to Apply

Roehampton online application - Details of how to apply via the Roehampton online application can be found here.

HEIApply online application here.

Detailed guidance about using the HEIApply system can be found here. It is essential that you read through the Guidance Notes.

Students who have been successfully interviewed following their Roehampton application must have their SeNSS application submitted on HEIApply by Monday 25th January, 2022.


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