For Prospective Students

The SeNSS Studentship competitions are now open for studentships starting in the 2018/19 academic year (October 2019). Please note that the DEADLINE for applying to a SeNSS university for a PhD place is 21 JANUARY 2018.

SeNSS is holding currently TWO competitions: the first is the student-led competition, in which applicants come up with their own research proposal, and the second is the collaborative competition, in which applicants apply for one of six studentships linked to research projects created by supervisors.  For more information, please click on the "find out about" buttons at the bottom of this page.


What does SeNSS do?

One of the main aspects of SeNSS’s work is training the next generation of world-class social scientists. As a result, SeNSS was recently awarded a prestigious Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the national body which funds research and training in economic and social issues. Starting in the 2017/18 academic year, SeNSS will be offering a number of fully-funded ESRC doctoral Studentships.
Why should I apply for a SeNSS Studentship?

As the holder of a SeNSS Studentship, you will receive training from leading researchers, and will be guided through your studies by excellent supervisors. You will receive training in core research skills, as well as innovative advanced training. Your training will also have a focus on inter-disciplinary research, so that you can engage with researchers across different disciplines.

You will join a cohort of similarly talented fellow students, who will help to provide support and encouragement. As a group, you will form an invaluable network throughout your professional lives. You will have access to our 200+ existing partnerships with external organisations, drawn from – amongst others - government, the public sector, and industry. Through collaborating with these partnerships, you will be prepared for a career in either academia or practitioner networks or both, as well as being able to engage across these sectors.