The University of Roehampton is pleased to be part of the South-east Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), a consortium of 10 universities working as a Doctoral Training Partnership to offer Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships.

Candidates can apply through Roehampton for SeNSS studentships in two pathways - education and social anthropology.  Applications are now invited for October 2018 entry.

Eligibility for ESRC funding

You must ensure that you fulfil all three eligibility criteria set up by the ESRC. These are:

  • Academic: for 1+3 awards (Masters plus PhD) you must have gained a 2.1 at least in your bachelor's degree; for +3 (PhD-only) awards you must be in possession of a relevant, and ESRC-recognised, Master's degree.
  • Residency: for a full award (fees plus annual stipend) you must be a UK citizen and/or have resided in the UK for a minimum of three years prior to application; EU residents are eligible for fee-only awards. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact senss@roehampton.ac.uk.
  • Discipline: ESRC funding at Roehampton is available only for the pathways listed above; research topics which do not fall under these areas are not eligible for ESRC funding. 

More advice on ESRC eligibility criteria can be obtained from the relevant academic lead, or senss@roehampton.ac.uk.

Please also consult the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide, for further information on the different levels of funding available and the associated terms and conditions.

How to Apply

Prospective or eligible current doctoral students AND prospective Masters plus PhD students who would like to apply for a SeNSS studentship at Roehampton must do so via the University of Roehampton.  Your SeNSS application will go through a two-stage process, being considered firstly by the University of Roehampton and, if selected, secondly by a panel of subject specialists from SeNSS members.

Those interested in applying for a SeNSS studentship should, in the first instance, contact the relevant Pathway Lead to talk informally about your proposed research, what supervision is available, and your eligibility for SeNSS.  If you are a 1+3 candidate, you will also discuss eligible Masters programmes.  Collaborative proposals (with a partner organisation) can be considered. 

Further contact details for Social Anthropology Pathway

Education Pathway

The School welcomes PhD applications which correspond to the research interests and expertise of staff. These include: early childhood studies; music; philosophy; sociology; policy; social justice; educational psychology; and special and inclusive education. More information can be found on the School’s Research Centres https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/education/research/.

You are required to have made contact with the relevant department to express your interest in a SeNSS studentship by 1 December 2017

Your next step is to make a Roehampton application, see Roehampton 'How to apply'. This must be received by midnight 21 January 2018.  

If the Department agrees to put you forward to SeNSS, you will be invited in addition to begin your application to SeNSS through its online application system, Fluidreview, which will be open from early January to invited applicants only.  This application must be complete by our internal Roehampton deadline of midnight Thursday 1 Feb 2018. 

Interviews will take place between 22 Jan and 1 Feb for applicants who have been invited to apply for a SeNSS studentship.  During this period you will discuss and refine your proposed SeNSS Fluidreview application.  It is essential that you read through the Guidance Notes.

Your SeNSS application must be submitted by midnight 1 February 2018 to senss@roehampton.ac.uk

SeNSS application guidance notes

Template letter of support for proposal with collaborative element

You will be advised whether your application is going forward to SeNSS’s Final Selection Panel by end February.  Studentship awards are likely to be made by end April 2018. 


PhD study at Roehampton: pgresearch@roehampton.ac.uk
SeNSS scholarships at Roehampton: SENSS@roehampton.ac.uk