ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships via SeNSS (2020)

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


Scholarships cover university tuition fees and a stipend (currently £15,009)


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 2019-20 rate is £15,009 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.


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

Science, Technology and Sustainability



All other pathways


20 January 2020 23:45 (GMT)

How to apply

The SeNSS ESRC studentship competition is now open for applications.

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: Students wishing complete the SeNSS application form must discuss this with their supervisor.

The deadline for applying for a place at the University of Sussex is 20 January 2020. 

The deadline for completing a SeNSS application form is 31 January 2020.  The SeNSS application will need input from your supervisors.

For further information about how to apply see our SeNSS webpage:







Contact us

Amanda Britt

01273 678498


20 January 2020 - deadline for applying for a PhD place at the University of Sussex

31 January 2020 - deadline for completing the SeNSS application form.

Successful applicants will be informed by the end of April.





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

Application deadline:
20 January 2020 23:45 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from these specific countries: