Students Staff

How to Apply

You can apply for a studentship in one of the following Pathways:

  • Business and Management Studies
  • Economics (via either the Department of Economic or ISER)
  • Linguistics
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Sociology

Studentships are available as +3 (PhD) or 4- year (Masters and PhD) awards, and on a full- or part-time basis.

Academic eligibility

  • For Masters and PhD funding (1+3, 2+2, +4 award structures): qualifications or experience equal to a first (1) or upper second (2.1) class honours degree, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience are required.
  • For PhD (+3) funding: qualifications or experience equal to a Masters degree with distinction or merit, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience are required. Your Masters degree must be in a relevant discipline, and include significant research methods training.

Residential eligibility

Full SeNSS Studentships are available only to Home or EU students who meet the RCUK eligibility criteria. EU students who have not been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to 30 September 2017 may be eligible for a fees-only award. International students may apply to the Economics Pathway and, if successful, may receive a full award.

To be eligible for a full award, you must:

  • Have settled in the UK with no restrictions on length of stay
  • Have been a UK 'ordinary resident' for three years prior to 30 September 2017
  • Not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this doesn't apply to UK/ EU nationals)

To be eligible for a fees-only award, you must:

  • Be 'ordinarily resident' in an EU member state

Fully-funded SeNSS Studentships include:

  • Fully paid tuition fees (UK/EU rates)
  • A maintenance stipend at RCUK rates (currently £14,553 p.a., tax free)
  • Research training support grants
  • Access to further research funding, including funding for UK and overseas fieldwork and difficult language training, and travelling to national and international conferences

SeNSS provides:

  • Innovative and challenging world-class doctoral training in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary research environment
  • Subject-specific, generic, and advanced training in elite training facilities, tailored to your individual needs
  • An existing network of over 200 organisations, offering collaborative and work placement opportunities
  • Opportunities for overseas visits and fieldwork, attending and presenting at conferences and events, and academic publishing

How to apply

Choose which course you want to study, and apply for a place on that course by 21 January 2018.

We strongly encourage you to contact the School or Department you wish to apply to at the earliest opportunity in order to discuss your research proposal and potential supervision arrangements. This is particularly important in order to give supervisors enough time to assist in the development of your application to ensure the best chance of success.

Applying online

The SeNSS 2018 studentship competition is now open for online applications. Please note that you will need to discuss your application with the department to which you are applying for a place of study. The department will provide you with an access code for you to commence the application process.

SeNSS studentships application form

The deadline to be offered a place on your course at Essex is 21 January 2018 and the deadline for the online applications for a SeNSS studentship is 5 February 2018.

Selection process

After the submission deadline, applications pass through an internal University selection process, before a decision is made whether to nominate particular applications to the SeNSS pathway selection panels. Applications put forward to these panels are considered alongside applications from other SeNSS partner institutions. Final decisions by pathway selection panels are considered and approved by the SeNSS management board and candidates will be notified of the outcome by 13 April 2018.

Contact us

If you would like further information about our studentships, please contact us.