Why apply for SeNSS funding?

  • You will be paid £15,009 per year to undertake postgraduate studies (plus an extra £2,000 per year if you study at a London-based university), and your tuition fees will be paid.

  • You will be guided by excellent supervisors and receive high quality advanced research training.

  • You will be part of a postgraduate community spanning 10 universities and 13 social science disciplines.

  • You will make connections with our influential external partners including government departments, industry and NGOs.

  • This funding and these connections will help you launch your career.

  • What options does SeNSS offer?

  • Full-time and part-time study.

  • Fully-funded studentships (tax-free living costs at approximately £15k per year, plus £2k London weighting where relevant, and tuition fees of £4k+ per year) for UK and eligible EU students, and international Economics students.

  • Fees-only studentships (tuition fees of £4k+ per year) for EU students who have lived in the UK for less than three years.

  • Access to additional funding to support your research, UK or overseas fieldwork, international study visits, and language training.

  • Three different types of studentships:

    • Student-led studentships: create your own research proposal, and work on it with your chosen supervisor, or

    • Collaborative studentships: work on a research project devised by a supervisor and an external partner, or

    • Joint SeNSS-ARIES studentship: work on an inter-disciplinary Environment and Social Sciences research project devised by a supervisor.

Are you eligible?

  • Residential criteria: Fully-funded studentships are open to UK and EU students who have settled in the UK with no restrictions on their length of stay, and who have been a UK ‘ordinary resident’ for 3 years prior to 30 September 2020, and who have not have been residing in the UK mainly for the purpose of full-time education. Studentships are not available to international applicants except those applying for Economics.

  • To apply for a Masters plus PhD you will need: qualifications or professional experience equivalent to a first or upper second class honours degree.

  • To apply for a PhD only you will need: qualifications or professional experience equivalent to a Masters degree with distinction or merit, that includes relevant research methods training.

  • To apply for funding to complete your current PhD: please go to our FAQs page.

I am eligible! What should I do next?

Click on the studentship types which interest you for further details: