SeNSS offers six ESRC-funded collaborative studentships annually, each linked to a different supervisor-led research project.  The six projects for the 2019/20 academic year will be advertised here in November 2018. 


How do I apply for a SeNSS collaborative studentship?

  1. Apply to your chosen SeNSS university for a PhD place by mid to late January 2019.
  2. Contact the relevant SeNSS administrative lead to request access to the online application form.
  3. Complete the online application form by the published deadline.


How will my SeNSS studentship application be assessed?

Your application will be assessed by the research project's supervisory team and their collaborative partner. If your application of a sufficiently high standard, you will be asked to attend an interview. The interview panel will recommend the best candidate for their award. The SeNSS Management Board will meet in late March 2019 to discuss this award and to formally agree who should receive it.


When will I hear whether my application has been successful?

You will be notified during April 2019 whether you have been awarded a SeNSS student-led studentship.


What research projects have been advertised in the past?

Examples of the collaborative studentships awarded in April 2018 were: 

1. Using new digital media to create young Global Citizens: Evaluation and developing the One Globe Kids ‘simulated contact’ education intervention (School of Psychology at the University of Kent. Collaborating partner: Globe Smart Kids);

2. Ageing, automatization and the future of skills in the labour market (Department of Economics at Royal Holloway, University of London. Collaborating partner: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - Paris);

3. Situation awareness in remote vehicle operators (Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Collaborating partner: TRL – the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory);

4. The Young Interpreter Scheme: Linguistic features of peer-to-peer input and educational experience of participation (Department of Linguistics at the University of Reading. Collaborating partner: Hampshire Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service);

5.  Increasing Access to Psychological Treatments for Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Department of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, at the University of Reading. Collaborating partner: Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust); and,

6. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for emotion regulation (MBCT-ER) for people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder: Development and preliminary evaluation (School of Psychology, University of Sussex. Collaborating partner: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.


For further questions, please refer to the "Application FAQs" page of this website.