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ESRC-funded SeNSS studentships

ESRC-funded SeNSS studentships

The University of East Anglia invites applications for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentship awards within one of 12 training pathways, based in our Schools of Study.

ESRC studentship funding at UEA is offered under the auspices of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), one of only 14 ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships. The SeNSS consortium brings UEA together with nine other leading UK universities to provide outstanding postgraduate training for doctoral researchers in the social sciences.

SeNSS doctoral students at the University of East Anglia will undertake cutting-edge research with supervisors at the head of their field, and will gain advanced research and transferable skills from high-quality training offered by UEA and institutes across the consortium.

Social Sciences studentships:

Applications are invited for ESRC studentship awards within and across the following disciplines/ Pathways:

  • Business and Management Studies (Norwich Business School)
  • Development Studies (School of International Development)
  • Economics (School of Economics)
  • Education (School of Education and Lifelong Learning)
  • Human Geography (School of Environmental Sciences / School of International Development)
  • Linguistics (School of Politics, Philosophy and Language and Communication Studies)
  • Politics and International Studies (School of Politics, Philosophy and Language and Communication Studies)
  • Psychology (School of Psychology)
  • Science, Technology and Sustainability (School of Environmental Sciences)
  • Social Anthropology (School of International Development /School of Art, Media and American Studies)
  • Social Work and Social Policy (School of Social Work / School of Health Sciences / The Norwich Medical School at UEA)
  • Socio-legal Studies (UEA Law School)

Studentship funding and eligibility

SeNSS will be awarding at least 40 studentships for the 2020/21 academic year. Successful applicants who meet the Research Councils' residency requirements (as stated in the UKRI Training Grant Terms and Conditions Guidance (Annex B)) will be offered a full studentship that both covers their tuition fees and pays them a stipend (of £15,009 per year for 2019/20). EU applicants will usually only be eligible for a studentship that covers their tuition fees. International candidates may be considered for funding in the Economics pathway only, but if successful will be granted a full studentship. All successful candidates will also be able to access funds to support their PhD research and training.

“1+3” (Master’s+PhD) and +3 (PhD only) studentships

Applicants with no postgraduate qualification are warmly welcomed and are invited to apply for a “1+3” studentship. These awards cover an eligible taught Master’s degree (1 year) and PhD (3 years).

Applicants with research methods training that meets ESRC requirements (usually in the form of an eligible postgraduate degree) are of course also welcomed and should apply for a “+3” three year PhD studentship.

Further information on 1+3 and +3 awards can be found on the SeNSS website. All studentships are available for both full- and part-time study (part-time studentships are paid pro rata).

Applications have opened for 1+3 (Masters and PhD) and +3 (PhD only) ESRC studentships starting in 2020/21.

The deadline for applications to be submitted to UEA is midday on Monday 20 January 2020.

The deadline for the (separate) SeNSS funding application is midday on Monday 3 February 2020.

Details of how to apply for student-led SeNSS studentships can be found on our How to apply pages.

Applications are also open for the supervisor-led SeNSS studentship competitions.

For any queries related to SeNSS please contact UEA's PGR Service via [email protected]


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