School of Social Work Studentship 19/20 School of Social Work Studentship 19/20

 Fully Funded PhD Studentships in Social Sciences: Social Work

Eligibility: UK/EU/International

Deadline: 23.59 on 20 January 2020

The following studentships are available for prospective candidates starting in 2020-21 on a full-time or a part-time basis:

ESRC South East Network for the Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SeNSS DTP) +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters plus PhD) studentships
Faculty of Social Sciences +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters plus PhD) Research Studentships.

Studentships will be available under these Schemes to applicants who, in their research proposal, can clearly demonstrate academic excellence in areas relevant to the strategic interests of the School of Social Work.

Please see the ‘Research Degrees’ pages on the
School website for more details, and the webpages of the Centre for Research on Children and Families. Both sites give more details about the research interests of the School and individual members of staff. Please also look at the webpages of the Social Sciences Graduate School for details of the awards and application process.

The School’s research is concentrated around a number of core themes, but individuals often work across more than one area. All these areas combine research rigour with the opportunity to have an impact in the worlds of policy and practice. The main themes are listed below, with examples of current or recent work in the School:

Child Protection and Family Support: e.g. involving families and fathers, early help, child neglect, children’s perspectives, children with disabilities, young people involved in or at risk of child sexual exploitation.

Child Placement: e.g. foster care, residential care, adoption (adopted children and young people, adoptive parenting, birth families, adoption support). LGBT young people in care.

Social Work Practice: e.g. inter-professional working, home visits, supervision.

Current Developments in Social Policy: e.g. gender, offending and rehabilitation.

Interdisciplinary projects: the trajectories of children from early help to leaving care: data linkage across disciplines, costs of services, older people and disabled people and social policy, international child placement, fostering and adoption, staff wellbeing.


We encourage applications in these areas, but if your research interest is not mentioned here, please contact the postgraduate admissions tutor, Dr Jeanette Cossar , for further discussion.

Potential supervisors include Professor Jonathan Dickens, Professor Beth Neil, Dr Jane Dodsworth, Dr Jeanette Cossar, Dr Laura Cook, Dr Birgit Larsson. Dr Georgia Philip . Dr Carlene Cornish , Dr Jane Hernon , Dr Christine Cocker , Dr Ann Anka .

The Studentships cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (£15,009 for 2019-20 entry), and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply for the Faculty studentships; a small number of studentships will be available to cover full international fees.  SeNSS DTP studentships are open to UK and EU applicants who meet the residency requirements set out in Annex 1 of the RCUK Training Grant Guide

Applications for all studentships are invited from suitably qualified graduates. Candidates applying for a PhD studentships should hold, or expect to hold, relevant undergraduate and Master’s degrees (or equivalent) including some research experience. Candidates applying for a 1+3 studentship should hold or expect to hold a relevant undergraduate degree. Candidates who have studied outside of the UK should typically hold, or expect to hold, qualifications at an equivalent level to those mentioned above. Candidates will be interviewed, usually via telephone or Skype, as part of the selection process. EU and International applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English Language. (If you do not have a relevant Masters degree, you may be interested in UEA’s MRes in Social Sciences Research Methods.)

To be considered for these awards, you should make an application for admission to a PhD (or for both a Masters and PhD, for 1+3 studentships) in the normal manner, but you should indicate that you wish to be considered for an ESRC and/or Faculty studentship in the funding section of the application form. Please contact either Professor Marian Brandon or your potential supervisor to discuss and develop the best possible proposal and application.


Please note that there is a two-stage process for consideration for a SeNSS studentship award and if put forward by your prospective supervisor you will also need to complete an online SeNSS application form.


To discuss the application process, please contact the UEA PGR Office - email: - tel: (01603) 591709. Please click to access the application form to apply for a PhD.


For further information on the SeNSS ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership please see 

SeNNS DTP studentships



MRes Social Science Research Methods



UEA Alumni Scholarship