South-East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS)
You may be eligible for a SeNSS scholarship (funded by the Economic Social Research Council) if you're taking one of 12 pathways in Social Sciences.
Find out about our:
Applications are now open for this award.
Who can apply for SeNSS funding?
We run 12 accredited training pathways at Sussex.
Studentships are available in these pathways either for a 1+3 PhD (one year Masters and three year PhD degree) or +3 PhD (three year PhD degree), and can be held on a full-time or part-time basis.
You can apply for pathways in:
- Business and Management
- Development Studies
- Human Geography
- Politics and International Studies
- Science, Technology and Sustainability
- Social Anthropology
- Social Work and Social Policy
- Socio-Legal Studies
If you are applying for the 1+3 PhD you must have at least an upper-second class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree.
If you are applying for the +3 PhD you should have:
- at least an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree
- a Masters degree in a relevant discipline which includes significant research training.
SeNSS ESRC studentships are open to UK and Overseas/International students according to the UKRI student eligibility rules.
A limited number of studentships will be available to Overseas students.
You count as a UK student if you are:
- a UK national who has been living in the UK or EU for the three years prior to starting your course;
- an EU national with Settled Status in the UK;
- an EU national with Pre-Settled status who has been living in the UK for 3 years prior to starting your course;
- a student will Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK;
- an Irish National (due to a reciprocal agreement with the UK).
All other students (e.g. EU nationals moving to the UK to start their PhD) will count as Overseas students.
If you have already commenced doctoral study, you may still be eligible for an ESRC studentship funding providing that, you will have at least 50% of your funded period of study remaining as of 1 October 2021 when the studentship commences - i.e. you have not completed more than 18 months of a full-time PhD by 1 October 2021.
If you're applying for the +3 PhD, you need to have completed a Masters with research training in Social Sciences methodologies. For more information contact us by email on email@example.com
If you're applying for the 1+3 PhD, you must apply to an accredited Masters programme for your pathway:
Science, Technology and Sustainability
- Energy Policy MSc
- Project Management MSc
- Science and Technology Policy MSc
- Strategic Innovation Management MSc
- Sustainable Development MSc
- Applied Social Psychology MSc
- Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health MSc
- Cognitive Neuroscience MSc
- Psychological Methods MRes
All other pathways
If you are successful with your application to SeNSS, you will also have access to additional funding grants to support your development as a researcher.
This includes support for:
- UK and overseas fieldwork
- travel to national and international conferences
- specific training/professional development activities (e.g. language support)
- overseas institutional visits.
How to apply
You'll need to make two separate applications:
- an application to Sussex to apply for a place on the course you want to study
- an application to apply for funding.
Follow our step by step guide below:
Choose your PhD degree
You must apply for a PhD in the Social Sciences to be eligible for the scholarship. See our PhD degrees.
Contact your supervisor
Contact your potential supervisor to discuss your research area. You will need a supporting statement from your supervisor to apply for funding. See our guide on finding a supervisor.
Apply to Sussex
You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system. Find out how to apply to Sussex.
The deadline for applications to Sussex is 18 January 2021.
You must indicate on your application form that you intend to apply for a SeNSS scholarship. You should also email the Research and Enterprise Co-ordinator for your pathway to tell them you want to apply for the studentship.
- Find out who to contact
- Gemma Farrell: firstname.lastname@example.org (for pathways in Business and Management, Economics and Science and Technology Sustainability)
- Deeptima Massey or Mike Davey: email@example.com (for pathways in Education and Social Work and Social Policy)
- Clare Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org (for pathways in Human Geography, Social Anthropology and Development Studies in the School of Global Studies) or Stephanie Watson: email@example.com (for Development Studies, in the Institute of Development Studies)
- Lindsey Allen-Cavell or Mike Davey: firstname.lastname@example.org (for pathways in Politics and International Studies, Socio-Legal Studies and Sociology)
- Psychology PhD Admin: email@example.com (for pathways in Psychology).
- Find out who to contact
The deadline for applying for a PhD (+3) or Masters and PhD (1+3) is 18 January 2021.
The deadline for completing a SeNSS application is 4pm on 1 February 2021.
If you are shortlisted, you may be invited to an interview. If you are awarded a SeNSS studentship you will be notified by the end of April 2021.
If you prefer to work on a pre-defined project in collaboration with an external organisation, then you can apply to the SeNSS Collaborative Studentship Competition.
More about SeNSS
We are part of the SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership consortium, funded by the ESRC to provide research studentships in the Social Sciences.
SeNSS offers a world-class, interdisciplinary PhD research and training environment.
It is committed to supporting its internationally-recognised researchers and aims to produce the next generation of talented social scientists.