There are two Supervisor-Led competitions being offered by SeNSS:

  • Supervisor-Led collaborative competition for ESRC funded studentships

  • ARIES-SeNSS DTP's joint ESRC-NERC studentship



Examples of funded proposals

These are some of the six collaborative studentships which were awarded for the 2018/19 academic year, and you can see our awarded proposals for 2019/20 on our student competition pages. Collaborative studentships typically offer very strong pathways to research impact, and offer students first-hand experience of a non-academic research environment.

A research project within the Psychology Pathway at Royal Holloway is partnered with TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory. It aims to identify and examine factors influencing situation awareness when a human operator needs to take remote control over a driverless car when a problem arises, preventing the vehicle from navigating independently.

An Economics research project at Royal Holloway is being conducted in collaboration with OECD, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, in Paris. The project specifically focuses on how the interaction of an ageing population and increased automation alters the supply and demand of skills in the working age population.

A Linguistics academic, at the University of Reading, is carrying out a research project in collaboration with the Hampshire Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service. This project aims to compare Young Interpreters and children not on the Young Interpreters Scheme on linguistic features and linguistic and intercultural awareness. They will also investigate Young Interpreters’ and their teachers’ experiences of their participation in the scheme.

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 23:59 BST on 22 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 when this opens in June. The deadline for submitting an application via FluidReview is 23:59 GMT, 22 September 2019.

Is there any additional guidance for this competition?

Yes, when the competition launches in June there will be an updated Supervisors Guide with detailed advice, including a full timeline for this competition. In the mean time you can find our 2018 "Supervisor's Guide" (noting this will be updated and subject to change).



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.




We are pleased to announce the launch of a scheme of jointly-funded studentships between the ESRC South East Network for Social Sciences (SENSS) and the NERC Advanced Research and Innovation in Environmental Sciences (ARIES) DTPs (the latter is pending a funding decision in Sept/Oct 2018).

One joint ring-fenced studentship will be funded in each of four successive years, and these will alternate each year between being NERC-ARIES led and ESRC-SeNSS led.

The deadline for submission will be 12:00 BST on 12th September 2018.

Further details can be found here.

The application form can be downloaded here.