These scholarships include a doctoral stipend (equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend; £18,622 for 2023/24). Tuition fees at the home rate and access to further research funding. If you are applying as an international candidate, Kent will waive the difference between Home and International fees.
The deadline for this scholarship for 2023/24 has passed. Details for 2024/25 will be published here when available
In order to receive ESRC studentship funding you must have qualifications/experience equal to the standard of a good honours degree at a first or upper second class level from a UK academic research organisation. Degree qualifications gained from outside the UK, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience that is equivalent to a relevant UK degree, may be accepted.
This award is open to both UK residents and international (this includes EU national) candidates.
To be classed as a "Home" student you must meet these UK residential conditions.
UK residential conditions:
- Be a UK National (meeting UKRI residency requirements), or
- Have settled status, or
- Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirement) or
- Have indefinite leave to remain or enter
If you are applying as an overseas student (this includes EU nationals), Kent will waive the difference between the Home and Overseas fees. Please be aware that there is a 30% cap on international scholarships across the consortium.
The University of Kent is proud to be part of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) which has been accredited as a prestigious Doctoral Training Partnership by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in July 2016. Our partners include City, University of London; Goldsmiths, University of London; the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Reading, Roehampton, Surrey and Sussex and Royal Holloway, University of London.
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 2023. Kent will offer ESRC SeNSS studentships in the following subject pathways:
- 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, Technology and Sustainability Studies (School of Anthropology and Conservation)
- Social Anthropology (School of Anthropology and Conservation)
- Social Work and Social Policy (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)
- Socio-Legal Studies (Kent Law School)
- Sociology (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)
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.
Further information is available on the SeNSS Website
How to apply
New students wishing to be considered for ESRC SeNSS funding must apply for a PhD at the University of Kent and complete a SeNSS HEI application by Friday 20 January, 12:00 Midday GMT.
You must have a supporting statement from a potential supervisor when submitting your Kent application.
Applicants are advised to discuss their research project with academic members of staff in the relevant school as soon as possible.
Any current PhD students wishing to be considered for ESRC SeNSS funding should contact their School Director of Graduate Studies (Research) to advise them of their interest and complete a SeNSS HEI application by 20 January 2023 at the very latest.