SeNSS Information for Supervisors SeNSS Information for Supervisors

Applications for 2020/21 entry for full and part-time +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters and PhD) ESRC funded studentships are open. The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 20 January 2020.

For queries related to ESRC studentships at UEA, please contact the PGR Service at


Supporting candidates applying for SeNSS ESRC Studentships at UEA for 2020/21 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. Overview

ESRC studentship funding at UEA is available through annual competitions within the SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership.

The main studentship competition is applicant-led. Applicants should first apply for a PhD at UEA, within one of the DTP’s pathways (see below). With supervisors’ agreement, they should then submit a separate application for funding from SeNSS.

SeNSS also run annual supervisor-led competitions. Details can be found on the SeNSS website, or by contacting UEA’s SeNSS administrative lead.

3. Responsibilities

Schools are responsible for reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, making PhD 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. The supervisor statement can be of key importance for the DTP panels (who may not be experts in the subject at hand) in determining the “fit” of an applicant to the proposed research project, supervisory team, and department (etc).

Supervisors also have the key role in encouraging applications and working with applicants to develop their research proposal for submission to SeNSS.

Candidates are responsible for completing and submitting their applications, and where necessary co-ordinating this with supervisors and referees – for example ensuring that they submit the required documents for their funding application to SeNSS (noting that 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 for entry into the SeNSS studentship competition.

4. Student Eligibility

Residency criteria

The residency requirements are set out in detail in the annex to the UKRI Training Grant Terms and Conditions Guidance.

Usually, EU nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years are eligible for full funding. EU nationals who have been resident in the EU (not the UK) for the last three years are eligible for a fees only award (no stipend). International students are not normally eligible for Research Council funding.

However, the regulations are technical and there are exceptions. In case of any doubt, please contact the UEA SeNSS team for guidance

EU students starting in the 2020/21 academic year – EU nationals will remain eligible for Research Council studentships for the 2020/21 academic year on the same basis as is available at present (as at May 2019). Further details available here.

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.

Current students

Students who have already started doctoral study, can apply 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.

Full and part-time students

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

4. SeNSS Pathways

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


Pathway Lead

Business and Management Studies Dr Pinar Guven-Uslu
Development Studies Dr Laura Camfield
Economics Prof. Steve Davies
Education Dr Esther Priyadharshini
Human Geography Dr Gareth Edwards
Linguistics Dr Luna Filipovic
Politics and International Studies Dr Simon Curtis

Dr Natalie Wyer

Science, Technology and Sustainability Dr Tom Hargreaves /
Dr Jason Chilvers
Social Anthropology Dr Ben Jones
Social Work and Social Policy Prof. Marian Brandon
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 2019/20

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 midday on Monday 20 January 2020.       

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 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 of 3 February (see below) 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 midday on Monday 20 January 2020.       

5.4 Applicants submit a separate funding application to SeNSS using a different online application form. This form requires inputs from the applicant, their supervisor, and their referees, all of which must be complete by the deadline of 23:59 on Monday 3 February 2020.

5.4.1 The UEA SeNSS Admin Lead will provide login credentials to the candidate to begin their funding application to SeNSS.

5.4.2 Candidates should complete their part of the online application form by 23:59 on Monday 3 February 2020, or earlier if at all possible.

5.4.3 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 23:59 on Monday 3 February 2020 or earlier if at all 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.

5.5 The final deadline by which candidates must submit their full application (including references and supervisor statement) to SeNSS is 23:59 on Monday 3 February 2020

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 23:59 on Monday 3 February 2020

6. Further information

For any queries related to SeNSS please contact UEA’s SeNSS team within the PGR Service via