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ESRC SeNSS Studentships at University of Sussex in UK 2022

The University of Sussex in the UK provides a number of ESRC SeNSS Studentships through the South-East Network for Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership in the 2022/23 academic year.

  • You will carry out a research project you have generated and designed yourself.
  • You will be supervised in this work by a professional academic supervisory team.
  • It can entail working with an external associate (for instance, a business, charity or think tank), which might offer you access to data, equipment or partakers for a study, and/or extra funding for your studentship, and/or an extra advisor.

Worth of ESRC SeNSS Studentships at University of Sussex

  • Scholarship awards provide UK level PhD tuition fees (presently £4,407 pa) an allowance (presently £15,285 pa) plus some research and training expenses.
  • ESRC scholarship awards provide only UK level fees not International level PhD fees but a little number of full International scholarship awards may be obtainable.

Eligibility for ESRC SeNSS Studentships at University of Sussex

  • Candidates have to possess a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or equal.
  • The scholarship awards will be granted for a period of either three years for those with an ESRC approved research training qualification or equivalent (+3) or four years (1+3) for those without.

ESRC SeNSS studentships are available to UK and Overseas/foreign candidates according to the UKRI student eligibility rules.  Up to 30% of each group of candidates may be foreign students.

You count as a UK candidate if you are:

  • a UK citizen who has been residing in the UK or EU for the three years prior to commencing their course;
  • an EU citizen with Settled Status in the UK;
  • an EU citizen with Pre-Settled standing who has been residing in the UK or EU for 3 years before commencing their course;
  •  a candidate with Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK;
  • an Irish citizen (due to a mutual agreement with the UK)

All other candidates (e.g. EU citizens moving to the UK to commence their PhD) will count as foreign candidates.

If you have prior to now started doctoral study, you may still be qualified for an ESRC SeNSS Studentships funding given that, you will have a minimum 50% of your funded period of study left as of 1st October 2022 when the studentship starts – i.e. you have not completed over 18 months of a full-time PhD by 1st October 2022.

The 1+3 (Masters + PhD) path is obtainable at Sussex for these Masters programs:

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 for ESRC SeNSS Studentships at University of Sussex

  • The ESRC SeNSS studentships contest is now available for applications.
  • If you want to apply for an ESRC studentship you have to first put in for a place on a PhD program at the University of Sussex. Once you have gotten a place, you will have to fill out a SeNSS studentship application form.
  • Please note: Candidates wishing to fill out the SeNSS application form should discuss this with their advisor. You cannot apply for a SeNSS studentship if your advisor is not confirmed.

Application Deadline

The closing date for applying for a position at the University of Sussex is 04 January 2022. 

The closing date for submitting a SeNSS application form is 01 February 2022. The SeNSS application will require input from your advisors.

For additional details about how to apply, see the Sussex SeNSS webpage

And also the SeNSS consortium webpage

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