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SeNSS Collaborative Competition

SeNSS Collaborative Studentship competition

What is a SeNSS collaborative studentship?

  • You will join an expert team of leading Social Scientists and an external partner (from industry, government, or an NGO, in the UK or abroad) 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?

  • 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 3-4 years.
  • Work on an innovative disciplinary topic, and obtain a PhD.
  • Be supported by an expert supervisory team including academics and a reputable collaborative external organisation with strong links to your university.
  • Join a friendly and supportive 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 either in industry, government, or an NGO etc., or in academia.
  • These studentships are offered by SeNSS, which is funded by the Economics and Social Research Council.

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

  • Check your funding and academic eligibility here.
  • If you are eligible, review the 6 SeNSS research proposals (to be released on 1 November), and choose the project which is the best fit for you.
  • Contact the named primary supervisor for this project for an informal discussion.
  • Start thinking about key aspects of your application. Your 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 and to work with this specific collaborative partner. For more on our current student projects, see the SeNSS website.
    • 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; what your long-term career plans are, and how a SeNSS studentship will help you achieve these.
  • Apply for a PhD place directly to the university offering the studentship you are interested in. The deadline for this vital part of the application is 18 January 2021.
  • At the same time, talk to the SeNSS administrative lead at your chosen university to get access to SeNSS’s on-line studentship application portal to make your full application.
  • The deadline for completing your application is 1 March 2021.

In early November, we will announce the six research projects, developed by leading SeNSS academics and their collaborative partners, which will be funded by SeNSS. Please check back here then to see if there is one you are interested in applying for. The best applicant for each of these projects will be awarded studentship funding.

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

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