7 SeNSS ESRC-Funded Supervisor-led Studentships Available

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Guildford, England
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Full Time
Date Posted
2 months ago

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South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS)

Qualification Type:PhD
Location:Guildford, Kent, London, Norwich, Reading, Sussex, Essex
Funding for:UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount:(tax-free living costs at approximately £15k per year, plus London weighting where relevant, and tuition fees of £4k+ per year) for all successful applicants.
Hours:Full Time, Part Time
Placed On:1st October 2020
Closes:18th January 2021

SeNSS is offering 7 funded supervisor-led collaborative studentships for an October 2021 start.

Research Project: How have inequities in health care access and care quality during the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated ethnic inequalities in health?
Supervisor: Dr Laia Becares
In collaboration with: The Health Foundation
SeNSS Pathway: Social Work and Social Policy
SeNSS University: University of Sussex

Research Project: Reducing domestic abuse harms: a multi-agency approach to working with perpetrators
Supervisor: Dr Katerina Hadjimatheou
In collaboration with: Islington Violence Against Women and Girls
SeNSS Pathway: Sociology
SeNSS University: University of Essex

Research Project: Using attachment and personality theory to identify critical personal characteristics of a therapist: engendering trust in clinicians working with patients with a diagnosis of psychosis
Supervisor: Prof Kathryn Greenwood
In collaboration with: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
SeNSS Pathway: Psychology
SeNSS University: University of Sussex

Research Project: Financing the Green Transition in Developing Countries
Supervisor: Dr Juan Pablo Rud
In collaboration with: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
SeNSS Pathway: Economics
SeNSS University: Royal Holloway, University of London

Research Project: Governmental financial resilience in the Post COVID-19 era: exploring the antecedents, consequences and dynamics of anticipatory and coping capacities in UK Councils
Supervisor: Prof Ileana Steccolini
In collaboration with: CIPFA
SeNSS Pathway: Business and Management
SeNSS University: University of Essex

Research Project: Patterns of victim-survivor utilisation of domestic violence support services
Supervisor: Professor Sylvia Walby
In collaboration with: Womens Aid Federation
SeNSS Pathway: Sociology
SeNSS University: City, University of London

Research Project: Understanding the good economy in Norwich city region
Supervisor: Professor Sara Connolly
In collaboration with: The Norwich Good Economy Commission (NGEC)
SeNSS Pathway: Business and Management
SeNSS University: University of East Anglia

  • 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?

  • Residential criteria: Fully-funded studentships are available to all prospective students across all 10 SeNSS universities and 13 SeNSS disciplinary and cross-disciplinary Pathways. However, there are a limited number of studentships available to international students (approximately 10-15 studentships per year). 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 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 per year, plus London weighting where relevant, and tuition fees of £4k+ per year) for all successful applicants.

I’m interested! How do I apply?

  1. Check your eligibility.
  2. Review the 6 research proposals (released 16 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 18 January 2021.
  6. Complete SeNSS’s on-line studentship application by 1 March 2021.

For more information, please go to the SeNSS website

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


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