SeNSS Information for Supervisors SeNSS Information for Supervisors

The SeNSS 2017/18 application cycle has closed. These pages will be updated with details of the 2018/19 competition once available.

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Supporting candidates applying for SeNSS ESRC Studentships at UEA for 2017-18 entry

1.      Introduction

The information that follows is intended to assist academic colleagues across the University with ensuring that a high quality application is submitted in a timely manner for each candidate that they wish to recommend be considered for a SeNSS DTP studentship.

2.      Responsibilities

Schools are responsible for reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, making offers and allocating supervisors. Supervisors are responsible for informing the UEA SeNSS Admin lead of each candidate that they would like to recommend makes an application to SeNSS as well as writing the supervisor statement that accompanies the application. Candidates, with supervisors and referees, are responsible for completing and submitting an application to SeNSS (this is a separate process to the university’s online PGR application form). Pathway Institutional Leads are responsible for nominating up to three candidates for each ESRC Pathway at UEA to be forwarded to the SeNSS competition.

3.      Student Eligibility

3.1          Residency requirements

SeNSS ESRC studentships are open to applicants who meet the following residency requirements:

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees), applicants must:

  • have settled status in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long they can stay.
  • have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences).
  • not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK and EU nationals.

To be eligible for a fees only award, applicants must:

  • must be ordinarily resident in an EU member state, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

International students are not normally eligible for Research Council funding.

Economics Pathway only – the ESRC has agreed to relax the rules around international eligibility in strategic areas. EU or international students can apply for a full SeNSS ESRC award, without adhering to the current residential eligibility rules, if their research has a very strong economics focus and falls within the Economics Pathway.


3.2          Current students

Students who have already started doctoral study, may still be eligible for SeNSS ESRC studentship funding providing that, at the start of the ESRC award, they have at least 50% of their period of study remaining.

3.3          Full and part-time students

SeNSS welcomes applications for both full and part-time modes of study.

4.      ESRC Pathways

SeNSS studentships are available in 12 social science pathways / disciplines at UEA:


Pathway Lead

Business and Management Studies Dr Min Zhang
Development Studies Dr Laura Camfield
Economics Prof. Steve Davies
Education Dr Esther Priyadharshini
Human Geography Mr Peter Simmons
Linguistics Dr Luna Filipovic
Politics and International Studies Dr John Turnpenny

Dr Andrew Bayliss /
Dr Martin Doherty

Science, Technology and Sustainability Dr Tom Hargreaves /
Dr Jason Chilvers
Social Anthropology Dr Ben Jones
Social Work and Social Policy Prof. Gillian Schofield
Socio-Legal Studies Dr Michael Hamilton


If in doubt as to which pathway the proposed research relates to or for guidance on whether a 1+3 or +3 application is more appropriate please contact the relevant Pathway Institutional Lead(s) for further advice.


5.      Application Procedure & Timeline for 2017/18

5.1          The candidate submits an application to UEA for a place on the PhD programme (or Masters and PhD programme for 1+3 applicants) by Monday 16 January 2017.       

5.2          Supervisors need to give approval for proceeding with an application to    SeNSS by confirming their recommendation of the candidate in an email to Ms Melanie Steele, SeNSS Admin Lead at: . This is in addition to following your Faculty’s standard admissions offer procedures.

It would be helpful for supervisors to give approval well in advance to enable candidates to have as much time as possible to work on their SeNSS applications before the deadline listed below.

5.3          Current students are asked to submit their original UEA PhD application and a supporting statement from their primary supervisor to  by Monday 16 January 2017.

5.4          The SeNSS Admin Lead will provide login credentials to the candidate to begin their application to SeNSS online in FluidReview. Candidates should complete their part of the online application form by Monday 30 January 2017 or earlier if possible.

5.5          Supervisors and referees will receive an email invitation containing a link to the candidate’s SeNSS application in FluidReview. Click on that link to add the supervisor statement and/or reference for that candidate by Monday 30 January 2017 or earlier if possible.

Full guidance will be provided to you in the email invitation regarding your role in the SeNSS Studentship Competition and how to use the FluidReview online application system. A copy of this guidance can be provided on request from

5.6          The final deadline by which candidates must submit their full application to SeNSS is Monday 30 January 2017.

Applications in FluidReview that do not have a supervisor statement and two references to accompany it will NOT be considered for a SeNSS studentship. It is the candidate’s responsibility as the applicant to follow-up with supervisors and named referees to ensure that this task is completed by 30 January 2017 or earlier.

6.      Further information

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