Fully-Funded PhD Scholarships the South and East Network for Social Sciences (SENSS) 2024

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The South and East Network for Social Sciences (SENSS) offers full studentships – fees paid plus a stipend (salary) of between £18,662 and £20,662 per year – for postgraduate researchers wanting to begin a PhD in October 2024.

SENSS is one of 15 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) across the UK, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. We will fund exciting PhD projects in six interdisciplinary areas across eight universities, each with an exceptional reputation for postgraduate training and research.

Where and what can I study?

SENSS universities

  • City, University London
  • Cranfield University
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Essex
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • University of Lincoln
  • Middlesex University
  • Roehampton University London

Interdisciplinary Themes:

  • Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Health, Well-being, and Social Care
  • Justice, Institutions, and Social Change
  • Digital Social Sciences
  • Resolving Uncertainty and Addressing Crises
  • Advanced Methods for Social and Economic Research


  • SENSS provides fully-funded studentships (tax-free living costs, currently set at £18,662 per year, plus £2,000 London weighting where relevant, tuition fees fully paid for the duration of your funding award, and access to additional funding for overseas fieldwork, language training, and/or other research training) for successful applicants.
  • SENSS funds you to work on a topic that you are passionate about, supported by internationally leading researchers in your field.
  • SENSS builds a friendly and inclusive community of postgraduate researchers, both in your university and in the wider DTP.
  • SENSS institutions have led the UK in widening access to PhD study, and SENSS aims to be the DTP of choice for applicants from underrepresented groups.
  • SENSS’s bespoke approach to training gives you exactly the skills and methods training that you need, for your studies and beyond.
  • SENSS offers a three-month placement to all its students, boosting your experience and employability in sectors such as government, industry or NGOs as well as academia.



Am I eligible?

  • Do I have to have or be doing a Masters? No. SENSS studentships last from between 3.5 years (typically for those who have already done a Masters featuring research methods training) and 4.5 years (typically for those coming out of undergraduate study, or hold a Masters in a very different field). The exact length of your studentship thus depends on how much additional training you will need, taking into account your existing educational and professional experience.
  • Can I apply for funding to complete a PhD I’ve already started? Yes. You can apply for SENSS funding if you have at least 50% of your PhD study period still remaining.
  • Can I study part-time? Yes. SENSS funding is equally open to full-time and part-time researchers.
  • Is this funding open to International students? Yes. SENSS studentships (covering both fees and stipends) are available to applicants regardless of their residential status. However, the ESRC places a cap so that only up to 30% of SENSS studentships can go to International students. Please check our website to see whether you qualify as a Home or International student.

How do I apply?

  1. Identify the SENSS university at which you want to study, the SENSS Theme under which your proposed PhD project falls, and an academic at that university you would like to work with (your primary supervisor). Contact that supervisor to discuss your research proposal with them, and to ask them if they would be willing to supervise you.
  2. If they are, apply for a PhD place at the university you want to study at, checking with that university to find out what its internal PhD place application deadline is.
  3. In addition to applying for a PhD place at your chosen university, also complete SENSS’s on-line studentship application by Friday 9 February 2024 (12.00pm GMT). The application portal is accessible via the SENSS website.

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