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Doctoral Training Partnerships

Kent is proud to support its postgraduate research community with training and development opportunities, assisting with the development of applications, negotiating research contracts and administering awards. We provide research funding support through the following consortia.


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 join a large cohort of fellow SeNSS students, who offer support and networking opportunities.

Find out more about the SeNSS scholarship
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Hear from a ESRC-funded PhD student how SeNSS has supported her research.

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Dean of the Graduate School

Paul Allain discusses postgraduate research opportunities at Kent.

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EnvEast (NERC)

The EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership was created in November 2013 with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It draws together expertise from three universities (the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent) and ten research centres of national and international importance.

The partnership aims to address some of the challenges facing contemporary society by providing excellent multidisciplinary training to a new generation of science and business leaders working in the broad field of environmental science. The EnvEast NERC DTP offers over 60 fully funded PhD studentships over five student cohorts between 2014 and 2018.  

The PhD research projects are grouped around three key themes: Climate, Marine and Atmospheric Systems; Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development; and Natural Hazards.

Visit the EnvEast website


The Consortium for Humanities and Arts South-East England is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It brings together nine leading institutions engaged in collaborative research activities.  These are the universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex, the Open University, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, Birkbeck, University of London and SOAS, University of London.

The CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership offers around 75 PhD studentships a year across a range of Humanities-based subject areas.

Kent’s academic representative on the CHASE Strategy Board is Professor Paul Allain (Dean of the Graduate School). Professor Gordana Fontana-Guisti is the Kent academic lead on the CHASE Management Board.

The CHASE local administrator is Suzie Morris (Graduate School Administration Manager).

Visit the CHASE website
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A CHASE-funded PhD student explains how AHRC supported his research.

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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. By investing in research and postgraduate training, they are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation.

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