ESRC Fully-funded South East Network for Social Sciences International Studentship in UK

  • Phd
  • Fee waiver and stipend
  • 18 January 2021

The SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the ESRC is a centre of excellence in social science postgraduate research training, and is a partnership between the Universities of City, Essex, Goldsmiths, Kent, Reading, Roehampton, Royal Holloway, Surrey, Sussex and University of East Anglia. At the University of Surrey, SeNSS offers ESRC studentships to high-quality research students wishing to study Economics, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Linguistics; Environment and Sustainability or related multidisciplinary topics within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
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Candidates without a master’s degree can apply for funding to undertake a research training Master’s before starting their PhD where available (1+3 or 2+2 models). Studentships will be awarded on the basis of the academic excellence of both the candidate and the research proposal. This is an extremely competitive process and only very high calibre candidates will be successful.
Open to home and international candidates. EU students are now classed as International students and the UKRI/AHRC competition is now open to all international students who can apply for a full fees and stipend award. Please note that students will be responsible for the difference between home fees and International fees.
Please see guidance on residency requirements outlined in the UK Research and Innovation's (UKRI) Terms and Conditions of Research Council Training Grants.
English language requirements: IELTS overall score of 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).


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For UK students: Full fee waiver (currently £4,407) and stipend at UKRI rates (currently £15,285).
For EU/International: UK fee waiver (currently £4,407) and stipend at UKRI rates (currently £15,285). Students will be responsible for the difference between UK fees and International fees.


It is not possible to apply directly to SeNSS for a studentship, applications for students wishing to be based at Surrey must be made via the University of Surrey.
Your SeNSS application will therefore go through a two-stage process, being considered firstly by either the School of Economics, School of Hospitality and Tourism, the School of Literature and Languages or the Centre for Environmental Sustainability to go forward to SeNSS and, if successful, secondly by a panel of subject specialists from SeNSS members.

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