ESRC (3 Year PhD and 4 Year [1 Year MA + 3 Year PhD] Scholarships) at University of Kent in UK 2017

Deadline: Monday 30 January 2017

The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). This consortium of universities consists of the University of Kent; City University London; University of East Anglia; Goldsmiths College; University of Reading; Roehampton University; Royal Holloway, University of London; University of Surrey; and University of Sussex. The DTP includes thirteen pathways offering PhD 1+3 and +3 studentships. Applicants can apply to SSPSSR for studentships in Sociology, Criminology and Social Work/Social Policy.

SeNSS is one of only 14 UK ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and will be offering a number of full-funded ESRC doctoral studentship to start in September 2017.  Kent will offer ESRC SeNSS studentships in the following subject pathways:

Sociology (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)

Social Work and Social Policy  (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)

Business and Management (Kent Business School)

Linguistics (School of European Culture and Languages)

Politics and International Studies (School of Politics and International Relations)

Psychology (School of Psychology)

Science and Technology Studies (School of Anthropology and Conservation)

Social Anthropology (School of Anthropology and Conservation)

Socio-Legal Studies (Kent Law School)

Applications are now invited from prospective PhD students for studentships based in SSPSSR at University of Kent to commence at the start of the 2017-18 academic year only. Three Year PhD Scholarships (for those with a relevant MA/ MSC at Merit or Distinction) and Four Year Scholarships (for those with or expected to receive an excellent UG degree who wish to study for an MA and a PhD) are available.

What SeNSS provides:
SeNSS is committed to providing innovative and challenging world-class doctoral training in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary research environment.  This includes a wide range of subject-specific, generic and advanced training tailored to your individual needs as well as opportunities for overseas visits and fieldwork, attending and presenting at annual conferences and academic publishing.  You will become part of a large cohort of fellow SeNSS students, which will offer support and networking opportunities.

What funding will you receive?
Fully-funded SeNSS Studentships include:

All tuition fees (UK/EU rates)

Maintenance stipend: £14,296 per year (tax free)

Research training support grant

Access to further research funding

How to apply
New students wishing to be considered for ESRC SeNSS funding must apply for a PhD place at the University of Kent and to the School by 16.00 Monday 30 January 2017 at the latest.  Applicants are advised to discuss their research project with academic members of staff in the relevant school as soon as possible.

You need to make TWO applications:

  1. For a PLACE to study a postgraduate degree at the University – online application
  2. To the School (SSPSSR) using this form.

What happens next?
All applications for PhD study received by relevant schools by 16.00 Monday 30 January 2017 will be considered for ESRC SeNSS funding. Candidates shortlisted for the SeNSS competition by academic schools will be invited to complete a SeNSS application form and will be put forward to a SeNSS assessment panel.   The SeNSS assessment panel will consider the applications during March 2017 and candidates will be notified of the outcome by the end of March 2017. Please review the SeNSS website for guidance about the process.

For further information please contact Professor Larry Ray (for Sociology [including criminology]), or Professor Michael Calnan (for social policy and social work).

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 16.00 Monday 30 January 2017. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed during Monday 6 February 2017. Interviews will be held the same week on Thursday 9 February 2017 at our Canterbury campus.

Interviews will require candidates to talk about the academic and social importance of their research, their preparedness to undertake the research, and the theoretical, methodological and substantive issues key to their concerns.


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