2020/21 SeNSS SUPERVISOR-LED COMPETITIONS
SeNSS offers two supervisor-led competitions:
A collaborative competition for ESRC-funded studentships and,
A competition for a SeNSS and ARIES Doctoral Training Partnerships jointly funded ESRC-NERC studentship (for further details, please scroll down this page).
2020/21 SeNSS SUPERVISOR-LED COLLABORATIVE COMPETITION FOR ESRC-FUNDED STUDENTSHIPS
The annual SeNSS supervisor-led collaborative competition for funded studentships starting in October 2020 will be opening in June. The deadline for primary supervisors to submit their applications via FluidReview (the SeNSS online document management system) for a collaborative studentship is 12.00 pm BST on 23 September 2019.
What is this competition for?
In this competition, you - the primary supervisor - develop a research question and proposal in conjunction with a collaborative partner, and apply to SeNSS for one of 6 ring-fenced collaborative studentships to work on this proposal with you. You will be advised of the competition outcome by end of October 2019. If your research proposal has been successful, we will help you organise a competition, to run between November and March 2020, to identify a suitable candidate for this studentship, to start work with you in October 2020.
Who can be a collaborative partner?
Any non-Higher Education Institution (non-HEI), that is, a business, government or third sector organization. Your collaborative partner must make a financial or in-kind contribution to the studentship. We strongly encourage you to seek a financial contribution (up to a maximum of 50%), as this may count in your favour in the competition.
What research proposals are eligible?
Your research proposal must be based primarily in one of the 13 SeNSS Pathways - for a list of these, please go to the "About" webpage on this site. You can only enter this competition if your home institution is a member of the Pathway for which you wish to submit an application.
What are the criteria for this competition?
The assessment criteria are available in our detailed "Supervisor Guide" (see page 12). Basically, your competition entry will be judged on the quality of your research proposal and your collaboration, the suitability of your project for a studentship, and the quality of the student training you will offer.
How can I submit a proposal?
Contact your home institution's SeNSS administrative lead (see our "Contacts" webpage), who will provide you with access to FluidReview, which is now open for proposals. The deadline for submitting an application via FluidReview is 23:59 GMT, 22 September 2019.
Is there any additional guidance for this competition?
An updated Supervisors Guide for the competition this year with detailed advice, including a full timeline for this competition, can be found here "Supervisor's Guide"
Can I bid for a 4-year studentship, or only a +3 studentship?
Both types of studentship are available. However, if your bid is for a 1+3, then the Masters degree must be one of our approved Masters. a careful training plan will need to be created to address the specific training needs in this area.
SeNSS-ARIES DTP's JOINT ESRC-NERC STUDENTSHIP
SeNSS has teamed up with the ARIES Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, to jointly fund a studentship. One ring-fenced studentship will be available each year from 2019 to 2022, and these will alternate each year between being NERC-ARIES led and ESRC-SeNSS led. This year’s competition is led by SeNSS.
Our successful applicant will be working on an interdisciplinary project, sited at the boundaries of NERC and ESRC research, and will have the opportunity to access training and other benefits from across both the SeNSS and ARIES consortia.
THIS YEAR’S COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN!
There are four phases to the competition:
- SeNSS and ARIES academics develop a doctoral research proposal, which must fall within one or more of the 13 SeNSS disciplinary pathways, as well as within one of the 5 ARIES research themes. CASE projects and collaborative projects, that is, projects designed and carried out with collaborative partners, are encouraged.
- Proposals must be submitted by 23 September 2019, via FluidReview, the SeNSS on-line application management platform, which will be opened for applications on 1 July 2019. Guidance notes providing a brief competition overview, as well as detailed guidance on creating your application using FluidReview are available here.
- SeNSS and ARIES peer reviewers select the top three proposals, and the SeNSS core team works with the three supervisory teams to advertise these in November 2019 to those seeking doctoral funding across the UK. Students submit applications in early 2020.
- A SeNSS and ARIES selection panel reviews, shortlists and interviews candidates for these three proposals, and offers a studentship to the best candidate. The successful candidate becomes a SeNSS-ARIES doctoral researcher, starting in October 2020. Their project is jointly funded by the ESRC and NERC.