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Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarship 2019-20

We're a world leader in social sciences, ranked 4th in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014). Our training of the next generation of social scientists is supported by the University of Essex Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarships.

If you have an excellent academic background, the potential for future achievement you could be eligible. Once awarded, you'll receive the scholarship for three years of your PhD (subject to satisfactory progression). The scholarship includes:

  • a fee waiver equal to the Home/EU fee (international students will need to pay the balance of their fees)
  • a doctoral stipend equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (£14,777 based on 2018-19 amount, 2019-20 amounts are yet to be announced)
  • a training bursary of £250 per year
  • Proficio funding, which can be used to 'buy' advanced skills training


You can apply for this scholarship if you have been offered a place at Essex for a full-time PhD, Integrated PhD or Professional Doctorate, starting in October 2019-20.

MPhil, Doctor of Medicine, Masters by Dissertation 1+3 Doctorates and all part-time courses are excluded.

The departments participating in the University of Essex Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarship scheme for 2019-20 are Economics, Essex Business School, Government, Institute for Social and Economic Research, Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Language and Linguistics and Sociology.

Full details

If you're a current student looking for information about an award you received, see our terms and conditions for previous years.

How to apply

If you have applied for a full time SeNSS studentship starting in 2019-20, you will automatically be considered for our Essex Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarship and do not need to complete a separate application form. However, you are advised to read the terms and conditions of these awards and which departments are offering them. The University of Essex Social Sciences Doctoral scholarships do not cover SeNSS 1+3 applications but you will be considered for an Integrated PhD if there is one appropriate for your studies.

If you haven't applied for SeNSS funding

You need to apply for admission to the University via our online postgraduate application form. If you haven't applied for SeNSS funding, you should complete the online Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarship application form. The application form must be submitted by 5 May 2019.

After you apply

Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on:

  • academic ability - based on previous academic qualifications, normally a Masters degree with distinction or merit
  • research potential - based on the candidate's research proposal submitted with their application, as well as their statement on the scholarship application form
  • professional development potential - based on the candidate's skills, aptitudes and potential to support their department's undergraduate teaching or research activities

If your application has been successful then you'll be notified by early July by our Funding Team. If you have any queries please email