ESRC SeNSS Studentships for PhD at University of Sussex in UK 2021

The University of Sussex offers a number of ESRC-funded studentships via the South-East Network for Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership in the 2021/22 academic session.

  • You will work on a research project you have come up with and designed yourself.
  • You will be guided in this work by an expert academic supervisory team.
  • It can involve working with an external partner (for example, a business, charity or think tank), which might provide you with access to data, equipment or participants for a study, and/or additional funding for your studentship, and/or an additional supervisor.

Worth of Award

  • Scholarships cover UK level PhD tuition fees (currently £4,407 pa) a stipend (currently £15,285 pa) plus some research and training costs.
  • ESRC scholarships cover only UK level fees not International level PhD fees but a small number of full International scholarships may be available


  • Applicants must hold at least a UK upper second class honours degree or equivalent.
  • The scholarships will be awarded for a period of either three years for those with an ESRC recognised research training qualification or equivalent (+3) or four years (1+3) for those without.

SeNSS ESRC studentships are open to UK and Overseas/International students according to the UKRI student eligibility rules.  Up to 30% of each cohort of students may be Overseas students.

You count as a UK student if you are :

  • a UK national who has been living in the UK or EU for the three years prior to starting your course;
  •  an EU national with Settled Status in the UK;
  • an EU national with Pre-Settled status who has been living in the UK or EU for 3 years prior to starting your    course;
  •  a student with Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK;
  • an Irish National (due to a reciprocal agreement with the UK)

All other students (e.g. EU nationals moving to the UK to start their PhD) will count as Overseas students.

The 1+3 (Masters + PhD) route is available at Sussex for the following Masters programmes:

Science, Technology and Sustainability

  • Energy Policy MSc
  • Project Management MSc
  • Science and Technology Policy MSc
  • Strategic Innovation Management MSc
  • Sustainable Development MSc


  • Applied Social Psychology MSc
  • Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health MSc
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Msc
  • Psychological Methods MRes


  • Development Economics MSc

All other pathways

  • Social Research Methods MSc

How to Apply

  • The SeNSS ESRC studentship competition is now open for applications.
  • If you wish to apply for an ESRC studentship you must first apply for a place on a PhD course at the University of Sussex. Once you have secured a place you will need to complete a SeNSS studentship application form.
  • Please note: Students wishing complete the SeNSS application form must discuss this with their supervisor. You cannot apply for a SeNSS scholarship if your supervisor is not confirmed.

Deadline: The application closes on January 18, 2021.


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