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Social Science studentships available at the University of Sussex via SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership

The University of Sussex and the South-East Network for Social Science (SeNSS) Scholarships 2022

Applications are invited from the following fields:

  • Business and Management
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Human Geography
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Psychology
  • Science, Technology and Sustainability
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Work and Social Policy
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Sociology

Why Sussex?

Sussex hosts a vibrant community of doctoral researchers from across the social sciences, and is renowned for the quality of its innovative, creative and interdisciplinary research. As a SeNSS student at Sussex you will be based in our Schools of study and research centres. With access to regular SeNSS pathway development events and seminars, and the Sussex suite of researcher development courses, you will be supported to realise your full potential as one of the next generation of talented Social Scientists.

Social Science studentships available at the University of Sussex via SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership

What is SeNSS?

The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) is one of only 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council. The SeNSS consortium is formed of 10 leading UK universities (East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Reading, Roehampton, Surrey and Sussex, City, Goldsmiths and Royal Holloway) all of which are engaged in cutting-edge social science research and training.

What does SeNSS at Sussex have to offer?

If you are successful in attracting a SeNSS studentship competition you will:

  • Have your fees paid and receive a living allowance (currently £15,609 pa).
  • Be eligible to apply for further funding for research expenses, (conference trips, overseas fieldwork, language training or other skills integral to your research project).
  • Benefit from a vibrant research environment with specialist research seminars, reading groups, lectures by world class visiting speakers, and the Sussex Researcher Development Programme.
  • Have the opportunity to undertake an internship with a highly influential non-academic policy organisation.
  • Benefit from research and practical expertise available across the SeNSS institutions, via research networks, attending or running specialist training events, joint or additional supervision and the annual conference.

How to apply

SeNSS studentships are open to UK and non-UK students and we are able to offer a small number of full scholarships to international candidates.

Applicants must hold at least a UK upper second class honours degree or equivalent. The scholarships will be awarded for a period of either three years, for those with an ESRC recognised Master’s (+3), or four years (1+3 - MSc followed by PhD) for those without.

To apply for a SeNSS scholarship for autumn 2022 you must first apply for a place on a PhD course at the University of Sussex:

The deadline for Sussex applications is 12.00 noon GMT on 4th January 2022.

After applying to Sussex you can work with your supervisor to apply to the ESRC SeNSS through their online system.

The deadline for SeNSS scholarship applications is 12.00 noon GMT on 25th January 2022.

SeNSS is actively committed to the values of diversity and inclusivity and we particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups (applicants from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, carers, care-leavers, applicants with a disability).

For further information, attend our virtual postgraduate event see our Sussex website and the SeNSS website.


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