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South East Network for Social Sciences

About SeNSS

The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) provides ESRC-funded studentships and postgraduate training in Social Sciences. It is one of only 14 UK ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and offers a number of full-funded ESRC doctoral studentship.

SeNSS provides innovative and challenging world-class doctoral training in a dynamic, interdisciplinary research environment. You will gain interdisciplinary, international and collaborative networking opportunities by joining the large cohort of fellow SeNSS students and academics. 

How to apply - Academic Year 2023/24

If you would like to be considered for a SeNSS studentship at Kent, you must apply to Kent and submit a first draft of the SeNSS application by 23:59 on Friday 20 January 2023.

SeNSS guidance documents can be found on the SeNSS Studentship website. 


Check you are eligible

Check SeNSS eligibilty
Thursday 27 October, 2022. 13:00-14:00

Attend a University of Kent online briefing session

The event has passed but you can view the slides here:

Slides for SeNSS Briefing

SeNSS run webinars for prospective students

SeNSS is holding three webinars for prospective students, held via Zoom (GMT).

The 9 November webinar will be repeated on Tuesday 22 November 2022: 19.00-21.00, with a Q&A on Saturday 17 December 2022 10.00-11.00

Wednesday 9 November, 2022. 12.00-14.00
Friday 11 Nov, 2022. 13:00-15:00

Proposal Writing Workshop for prospective SeNSS students

View slides from our workshop for prospective SeNSS students on how to design a good research proposal.

View workshop slides
Friday 25 November, 2023. 13:00

General Designing a Good Research Proposal online workshop

A general workshop aimed at students who are putting together a research proposal for a PhD project. 

Designing a Good Research Proposal
Friday 20 January, 2023. 12:00

Apply to Kent

You will only be considered for a SeNSS studentship at Kent if you have applied for a PhD place at Kent and submitted your online SeNSS application by this date.   

Late January, early February 2023

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview

TBC, 2023

SeNSS interview days for Kent applicants

Thursday 6 April, 2023

Successful candidates planned to be announced

Successful candidates will be sent informal offer letters via HEIapply, subject to any potential changes in deadline.


The academic staff led me to the decision to stay at Kent for the next stage of my academic career.

Kent will offer ESRC SeNSS studentships in the following subject pathways:

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Hear from a ESRC-funded PhD student

Find out how SeNSS has supported her research

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Hear from a ESRC-funded PhD student

Find out how SeNSS has supported her research