SeNSS offers six collaborative studentships annually, each linked to a different 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. First, you will need to apply to your chosen university for a PhD place. The deadline for applying for a PhD place in the next SeNSS competition, regardless of which SeNSS university you apply to, will be in mid to late January 2019.
  2. Once you have applied to your chosen institution for a PhD place, you should talk to your chosen university's SeNSS administrative lead, as they will tell you how to access the online SeNSS application form once you have applied for your place at this university. Please go to the "Contacts" page of this website to find out who the administrative lead is that you need to talk to.
  3. You will need to complete the online SeNSS application form, which includes uploading the transcripts of any degrees you hold, and providing the names of two referees who will be contacted to provide references for you.


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 at the university to which you have made your application. The top two candidates for each project will be identified through this process: one will be the preferred candidate, to whom the interview panel wish to make an award, and the other will be the reserve candidate, in case the preferred candidate decides not to accept the award. The SeNSS Management Board will then meet in March to discuss these two names, and to formally agree to whom the studentship award will be made.


When will I hear whether my application has been successful?

As noted, there are a number of selection phases during the SeNSS studentship competition. You will be told by your chosen university after each phase whether or not your application has progressed to the next round of the competition. The final selection phase will be held at the end of March each year, and you will be notified during April whether or not 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;

2. Ageing, automatization and the future of skills in the labour market

3. Situation awareness in remote vehicle operators;

4. The Young Interpreter Scheme: Linguistic features of peer-to-peer input and educational experience of participation;

5.  Increasing Access to Psychological Treatments for Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; and,

6. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for emotion regulation (MBCT-ER) for people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder: Development and preliminary evaluation.


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