South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Studentship 2019 entry

The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the ESRC is a centre of excellence in social science postgraduate research training, and is in partnership between ten UK universities. SeNSS are offering ESRC fully funded and fees only studentships at the University of Surrey.

Application deadline
Funding source
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Funding information

A stipend of £14,777 will be available for fully funded students only, with a Research Training Support Grant of £750. Students from EU countries who have not been resident in the UK for three years are eligible for a fees-only award.


The SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the ESRC is a centre of excellence in social science postgraduate research training, and is a partnership between the Universities of City, Essex, Goldsmiths, Kent, Reading, Roehampton, Royal Holloway, Surrey, Sussex and University of East Anglia.

At the University of Surrey, SeNSS offers ESRC studentships to high-quality research students wishing to study EconomicsHospitality and Tourism ManagementLinguistics; Environment and Sustainability or related multidisciplinary topics within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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South East Network for Social Sciences Economic and Social Research Council SeNSS application frequently asked questions
Terms and conditions

Students from EU countries who have not been resident in the UK for three years are eligible for a fees-only award. In other words, to be eligible for a fees-only award, you will be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU, in the same way as UK students will be ordinarily resident in the UK.

These eligibility rules are set on page nine of the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide.

Eligibility criteria

Open to Home and EU candidates; please see guidance on residency requirements outlined in the RCUK's Condtions of Research Council Training Grants.

International candidates may be considered for funding in Economics only.

Candidates without a masters degree can apply for funding to undertake a research training

Master’s before starting their PhD where available (1+3 or 2+2 models).

Studentships will be awarded on the basis of the academic excellence of both the candidate and the research proposal. This is an extremely competitive process and only very high calibre candidates will be successful.

How to apply

It is not possible to apply directly to SeNSS for a studentship; applications for students wishing to be based at Surrey must be made via the University of Surrey. Your SeNSS application will therefore go through a two-stage process, being considered firstly by either the School of Economics, School of Hospitality and Tourism, the School of Literature and Languages or the Centre for Environmental Sustainability to go forward to SeNSS and, if successful, secondly by a panel of subject specialists from SeNSS members.

You will need to take the following steps to submit an application for a studentship:

Identify and speak to a prospective supervisor

Within the School pages above you will find links to the staff lists. Use the lists to identify a prospective supervisor and contact them to discuss your project before submitting an application. You should also inform the PGR Director and SeNSS Pathway Institutional Lead that you are interested in applying for SeNSS funding. Their details are:

PGR Director: Dr Cristiano Cantore

SeNSS Lead: Prof. Valentina Corradi

PGR Director: Dr Albert Kimbu

SeNSS Lead: Prof Xavier Font

PGR Director (School of English and Languages): Dr Allan Johnson

SeNSS Lead: Dr Oliver Bond

PGR Director: Professor Matthew Leach

SeNSS Lead: Dr Walter Wehrmeyer

Apply for funding and a place on a PhD programme

If you are selected to apply for a SeNSS studentship by your prospective supervisor there are two separate applications you will need to make:

Apply for a place on a PhD programme: Please browse our programme listings for a relevant programme. You can apply for a place by clicking the ‘apply now’ button on the relevant programme page.

Apply for a SeNSS studentship: You will be provided with the link and access code for the SeNSS online application. Please note that the link will not be made available until 15 October 2019. This is a crucial part of the application process and should not be rushed. Make sure you liaise with your prospective supervisor when completing the form as they will be able to guide you and there are also sections they need to complete. The application also requires two references which your referees will need to add to your application. If these are not included you will not be able to submit your application.

The deadline for applying for a place and submitting your SeNSS application is 16:00 on 18 January 2019.

However, we strongly encourage you to submit your applications earlier and would recommend working toward submitting by 7 December 2018.

Process after application deadline

Between 18 January and 18 February 2019, your studentship application will be considered by an internal panel. The highest quality applications will be put forward to SeNSS by 18 February 2019. SeNSS panels will review applications and ratify awards on 27 March 2019.  Candidates will be informed of the outcome by 29 March 2019.

Contact details

If you have any questions about the SeNSS process please get in touch with

We look forward to receiving your application.

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