This competition is open to applicants who devise their own research proposal. 

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

  1. Apply to your chosen SeNSS university for a PhD place by mid to late January 2019. 
  2. Talk to your proposed supervisor about your research proposal and their supporting statement. Both are required for the application. If you propose to collaborate with an external partner, please invite them to join the discussions at this stage.
  3. If your supervisor is supportive of your application, contact your chosen university's SeNSS administrative lead to request access to the online application form.
  4. Complete the online application form by the published deadline.

How will my SeNSS studentship application be assessed?

It will first be assessed by your home institution. If it is successful at this first stage, it will then be graded by, along with others submitted, a SeNSS Pathway panel, and ranked in order of merit. The SeNSS Management Board will then make the final awards across all pathways.

When will I hear whether my application has been successful?

There are a number of phases within our studentship competition. You will be told by your chosen university after each phase whether your application has progressed to the next round.

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.