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Joint Social Sciences and Environmental Sciences PhD studentship

Joint ESRC-NERC studentship

This joint studentship, which starts in October 2022, is offered by SeNSS (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council) and ARIES (funded by the Natural Environment Research Council). This studentship award will provide you with around £20,000 per year to undertake postgraduate studies.

What is a joint SeNSS-ARIES studentship?

  • You will join an expert inter-disciplinary social sciences and environmental sciences team, who have already developed and defined a research project.
  • You will play a leading role in the project as the doctoral researcher on the team.

Why apply?

You will:

  • Get paid to study! This funding is intended to cover your living costs and tuition fees, to allow you to focus on your research for between 3.5-4 years.
  • Work on an innovative inter-disciplinary topic, and obtain a PhD.
  • Work alongside expert academic supervisors from disciplines which cut across the environmental and social sciences.
  • Join a friendly community of postgraduate researchers.
  • Have access to fantastic training opportunities and funding not only in your specific field, but also broader academic training.
  • Develop a range of important employability skills, enabling you to work in, amongst others, industry, government, an NGO, or in academia.

What options are available?

  • +3.5 or 4-year studentships.
  • Full- or part-time study.
  • Fully-funded studentships (tax-free living costs at approximately £15.6k per year, plus £2k London weighting where relevant, tuition fees paid in full 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 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 UKRI’s website for the full residential criteria.

I’m interested! How do I make an application?

  • Check your funding and academic eligibility here.
  • If you are eligible, review the research proposal.
  • Contact the primary supervisor for this project for discussion about the project and your application.
  • Start thinking about and drafting the key aspects of your application. The primary supervisor can advise you about how best to do this.
    • Your proposal: think about why you want to apply to work on this research project, and why you are the best candidate for this studentship. View our current student projects here.
    • Your personal statement: think about why you are applying for this studentship, and why you are the best person for it; why you are passionate about this topic; how your existing knowledge and experience connects with it; why you want to study with SeNSS and ARIES; what your long-term career plans are, and how a SeNSS-ARIES studentship will help you achieve these.
  • Apply for a PhD place directly to the University of East Anglia by 23 February 2022.

Click on the link below for more information, and how to apply

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