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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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The University of Kent is proud to be part of the Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences (ARIES) Doctoral Training Partnership which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).   ARIES will equip the next generation of environmental scientists with the knowledge and tools to better understand and manage our planet by:

Developing multiple cohorts of scientists with advanced skills and knowledge, multidisciplinary outlooks, and substantial potential to operate successfully across all postgraduate career options;

Assembling a diverse and integrated training partnership that enables our PGRs to address priority topics in environmental sciences through cutting-edge and world-leading research;

Training all of our PGRs to understand modern methods of data management, interrogation, analysis, and presentation; from bioinformatics to artificial intelligence;

Ensuring our graduates engage with the interfaces between environmental science and societal needs by growing their ability to achieve non-academic impact and effective public engagement.

Find out more about ARIES studentships


The University of Kent is proud to be part of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), one of only 10 UK AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships in the DTP2 scheme, offering AHRC studentships that include the opportunity for extended skills training and collaborative placements. CHASE DTP2 will fund up to 56 doctoral studentships for admission in 2020. Our partners include Goldsmiths, The Courtauld Institute of Art, SOAS and Birkbeck, all part of the University of London, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, and Sussex. CHASE will offer students a wide range of exciting opportunities to gain professional experience, work across institutions and disciplines, and acquire advanced research skills. Further information is available from the CHASE Website.

The University of Kent will offer CHASE DTP2 Studentships (for UK and EU students) in 2020/21 in many Arts and Humanities disciplines including: those offered in the Schools of English, History, European Culture and Languages, Arts, Architecture, and Law as well as those offered in the Faculty of Humanities Centres for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, American Studies and for Music and Audio Technology.

Find out more about CHASE studentships
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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, EPSRC is building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation. 

The University of Kent will be offering over 10 fully funded EPSRC studentships starting in September 2020 

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