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South and East Network for Social Sciences

Are you looking for a funded supervisor-led collaborative studentship which will provide around £20,000 per year to undertake postgraduate study? Then read on!

SENSS, the South and East Network for Social Sciences invites you to apply for the following funded supervisor-led collaborative studentships starting in October 2024.

Research Project 1: Sustainability and Resilience of the UK Fishing Fleet
Supervisor: Professor Corrado Di Maria
SENSS Theme: Sustainability and Climate Emergency
SENSS University: University of East Anglia

Research Project 2: Warming the heart: identifying how transforming tropical fire discourses can contribute towards more effective and equitable governance
Supervisor: Dr Rachel Carmenta
SENSS Theme: Sustainability and Climate Emergency
SENSS University: University of East Anglia

Research Project 3: Instigating compassionate and father-inclusive support for young men who are fathers: capturing and evaluating the Family Hubs and Start for Life Programme
Supervisor: Professor Anna Tarrant
SENSS Theme: Justice, Institutions and Social Change
SENSS University: University of Lincoln

Research Project 4: Understanding the Use of Evidence in Civil Service Policy Making
Supervisor: Professor Kevin Daniels
SENSS Theme: Justice, Institutions and Social Change
SENSS University: University of East Anglia

Research Project 5: Intersectionality and identity: Gender identity and ethnicity in autism and personality disorder
Supervisor:  Professor Jacqueline Sin
SENSS Theme: Health, Well-being and Social Care
SENSS University: City, University of London

Research Project 6: Creativity, curiosity and professional artists in schools
Supervisor: Dr Diana Omigie
SENSS Theme: Justice, Institutions and Social Change
SENSS University: Goldsmiths, University of London 

Research Project 7: Community-based co-design of small-scale wastewater systems
Supervisor: Dr Heather Smith
SENSS Theme: Sustainability and Climate Emergency
SENSS University: Cranfield University

Research Project 8: Implementing flood performance certification: Facilitating societal resilience through the use of property flood resilience
Supervisor: Professor Sally Priest
SENSS Theme: Sustainability and Climate Emergency
SENSS University: Middlesex University

Research Project 9: Determining the Potential of Hydrogen Towns (DePHT)
Supervisor: Dr Elisabeth Shripton
SENSS Theme: Sustainability and Climate Emergency
SENSS University: Cranfield University

Why SENSS?

Funded by the Economics and Social Research CouncilSENSS offers six interdisciplinary themes (Themes) across 8 universities with exceptional reputations for postgraduate training and research.

What is a 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 should cover your living costs as well as tuition fees.
  • Obtain a PhD whilst working on an innovative disciplinary topic.
  • Be supported by an expert supervisory team.
  • Join a friendly community of postgraduate researchers.
  • Have access to fantastic training and funding opportunities.
  • Develop important employability skills.

What options are available?

  • Full or part time study.
  • The structure of the studentship offered will depend on your personal training needs. However, the minimum duration of a SENSS-funded studentship will be 3.5 years: this covers a PhD and a mandatory placement of approximately 3 months. The maximum duration of a studentship will be 4.5 years: this covers a Masters degree followed by a PhD, as well as the mandatory 3-month placement.
  • Fully funded studentships (tax-free living costs at approximately £18.5k 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 regardless of nationality or residency. Please check our website for full details.
  • To apply for a Masters plus PhD (+4.5) you will need qualifications or professional experience equivalent to a Bachelors degree (Honours).
  • To apply for a PhD only (+3.5) you will need qualifications or professional experience equivalent to a Masters, or a Masters degree and already have the research skills needed to successfully complete your research project.

Interested? Here’s how to apply.

  1. Check your eligibility.
  2. Review the ten 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 them to find out what their internal PhD application deadline is.
  6. Complete SENSS’s on-line studentship application by 12.00noon (GMT) on 11 March 2024. The application portal will be accessible via the SENSS website in January 2024.

For more information, please go to the SENSS website

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cranfield, Lincoln, London, Norwich
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £20,000 per year
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 10th January 2024
Closes: 11th March 2024
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