SeNSS (ESRC) Studentships

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.

Roehampton Education areas of expertise:-

  • Citizenship Education
  • Music psychology and music education
  • Music and special abilities and needs
  • Education and neurodevelopmental/sensory disorders and disabilities
  • Mental health and wellbeing in education
  • Early Childhood Education/Intervention
  • Digital literacy/digital skills
  • Social Justice in Education
  • Science Education
  • Philosophy of education
  • Bilingual Education
  • Special educational needs

Roehampton Social Anthropology specialisms:-

  • Environmental anthropology; multi-species ethnography; anthropology and conservation.
  • Social anthropology; migration; religion and political extremism. 

Applications for 2023/24 are now invited.

Fully Funded Doctoral Studentships & Maintenance Stipend - £19,668 for maintenance and fees covered.

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: UK, EU and international students are eligible for a full award (fees plus annual stipend). If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact
  • We ask that students visit the SeNSS website for a description on who is eligible for an award.
  • 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. However, Roehampton can support applications in these pathways which employ interdisciplinary approaches. Please check with if you are unsure

More advice on ESRC eligibility criteria can be obtained from the relevant academic lead, or

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

Application Process

Prospective applicants should make contact with the relevant Pathway Lead to talk informally about their proposed research, what supervision is available, and their 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.

Prospective or eligible current doctoral students AND prospective Masters plus PhD students who are encouraged to apply for a SeNSS studentship at Roehampton must do so via the SeNSS online application system, HEIApply. Roehampton will be notified of your application automatically via HEIApply. You will also need to complete the Roehampton online application.

Your application will then go through a two-stage process:

  1. The University of Roehampton will review your application and consider whether to offer you a place to study at Roehampton. At the same time, Roehampton will consider whether to progress your application through the SeNSS selection process.
  2. If it is considered that your application should be progressed, an internal panel will review your application and consider whether to progress your application to the external review stage of the process. If it is progressed to the external review phase, a panel of SeNSS subject specialists will review your application and decide whether you should be awarded funding.
  • Education Pathway Lead: Dr Fengling Tang
  • Social Anthropology Pathway Lead: Professor Garry Marvin

You are required to have made contact with the relevant department to express your interest in a SeNSS studentship and to have begun both the SeNSS and Roehampton online applications by 5 December 2022

Completed Roehampton applications must be received by 12pm Friday 6th January, 2023. Interviews will take place over the following two weeks.

Following the interview process, you will have an opportunity to discuss and refine your application and update it on HEIApply.

Your SeNSS application must then be submitted on HEIApply by Friday 20th January, 2023.

You will be advised whether your application is going forward to SeNSS’s Final Selection Panel by 14th February. Studentship awards are likely to be made by end April 2023.

How to Apply

Roehampton online application - Details of how to apply via the Roehampton online application can be found here.

HEIApply online application here.

Detailed guidance about using the HEIApply system can be found here. It is essential that you read through the Guidance Notes.


Should you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us at