ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships via SeNSS (2018)

The University of Sussex Doctoral School is delighted to offer a number of ESRC-funded studentships via the South-East Network for Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership.

Type of award

Postgraduate research

Award amount

Scholarships cover university tuition fees and a stipend (currently £14,553)


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 research training qualification or equivalent (+3) or four years (1+3) for those without.

Scholarships include payment of UK/EU fees and in the case of UK students a maintenance grant (for information the 2017-18 rate is £14,553 per annum). EU students will normally only be eligible for a fees-only award. EU students may be eligible for the maintenance grant (at the UK rate) where they have been living in the UK for three years prior to the start of the course.

Part-time students are welcome to apply and in such cases scholarships are paid pro-rata.

These awards are open to Home/EU applicants, apart from Economics which is also open to International applicants.

Application procedure

The 2018/19 ESRC studentship competition is now open.

If you wish to apply for an ESRC studentship you must first apply for a place on a PhD course at the University of Sussex. Once you have secured a place you will need to complete an SeNSS studentship application form.

Please note: Only students who have applied to the University of Sussex will be given access to the SeNSS application form.


21 January 2018 - deadline for applying for a PhD place at the University of Sussex

31 January 2018 - deadline for completing the SeNSS application form

Successful applicants will be informed by the end of March.

Further information

The 1+3 (Masters + PhD) route is available at Sussex for the following Masters programmes:

Science, Technology and Sustainability


Social Work and Social Policy


All other pathways

Contact details

Shelley Jenkins

01273 877376


Available to:
UK, Europe (Non-UK)

At level(s):
PG (taught), PG (research)

Application deadline:
21 January 2018
the deadline has now expired