The SeNSS student-led studentship competition is open to applicants who come up with their own research proposal. 

How do I apply for a SeNSS student-led studentship?

  1. First, apply to your chosen university for a PhD place. The deadline for this, regardless of which SeNSS university you apply to, will be sometime in mid to late January 2019. 
  2. Second, talk to your proposed supervisor about applying for a SeNSS Studentship. You are required to consult your supervisor about your proposed research proposal, which you must include in your Studentship application form, and you will need to ask your supervisor to provide a supporting statement for your application.
  3. Third, if your supervisor is supportive of your application for a SeNSS studentship, contact your chosen university's SeNSS administrative lead for how to access the online SeNSS application form. The details for administrative leads is on the "Contacts" page of this website.
  4. Finally, 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 first be assessed by your home institution. If your application is successful, it will graded by a SeNSS discipline-based (Pathway) panel, along with others in that Pathway, in order of merit. This ranked list will be sent to the SeNSS Office, to be combined with the other applications from all thirteen SeNSS Pathways. The SeNSS Management Board will meet to discuss these applications, and formally agree which applications have been successful.

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 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.

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