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SeNSS ESRC-Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship for International Students at UK Higher Institutions, 2018

­Applications are invited for SeNSS ESRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship for international students at UK higher institutions.

These fellowships aimed at those in the immediate postdoctoral stage of their career.

The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) is a consortium formed of 10 leading UK universities, all of which are engaged in cutting-edge social science research and training. SeNSS offers studentships across 13 Pathways, which are discipline-based. Please note that not all SeNSS partner institutions offer all 13 Pathways, and you will need to determine whether your chosen University offers the Pathway you are interested in.

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Scholarship Description: 

  • Application Deadline: March 23, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue Postdoctoral programme.
  • Study Subject: SeNSS offers studentships across 13 Pathways, which are discipline-based. Please note that not all SeNSS partner institutions offer all 13 Pathways, and you will need to determine whether your chosen University offers the Pathway you are interested in.
    • Business and Management Studies(offered by City, UEA, Essex, Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway, Surrey, and Sussex);
    • Development Studies(offered by UEA, Reading, Royal Holloway, Surrey, and Sussex);
    • Economics(offered by City, UEA, Essex, Reading, Royal Holloway, Surrey, and Sussex);
    • Education(offered by UEA, Goldsmiths, Reading, Roehampton, and Sussex);
    • Human Geography(offered by UEA, Reading, Royal Holloway, and Sussex);
    • Linguistics(offered by UEA, Essex, Kent, Reading, and Surrey);
    • Politics and International Relations(offered by UEA, Essex, Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway and Sussex);
    • Psychology(offered by UEA, Essex, Goldsmiths, Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway, and Sussex);
    • Science, Technology, and Sustainability Studies(offered by UEA, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex);
    • Social Anthropology(offered by UEA, Goldsmiths, Kent, Roehampton, and Sussex);
    • Social Work and Social Policy(offered by UEA, Kent, and Sussex);
    • Socio-Legal Studies(offered by UEA, Essex, Kent, Reading, and Sussex); and,
    • Sociology(offered by Essex, Goldsmiths, Kent, and Sussex)
  • Scholarship Award: The PDF grants provide funding for up to one year full-time, or up to two years part-time to give Fellows time to prepare for a successful career in research either within or beyond academia. In exceptional cases, applicants can apply for a fellowship for up to 18 months; however, this must be fully justified by the programme of activities being proposed.

Fellowships may include the following costs:

  • The Fellow’s salary costs;
  • Indirect costs;
  • Estate costs; and,
  • Up to £10,000 of other costs.

We particularly encourage applications from applicants whose proposal is aligned with the industrial strategy, as at least one of the PDFs will be awarded to such a proposal. For this competition, the ESRC has defined alignment as either addressing the skills gaps (AQM or data skills/science) or as entailing direct engagement with a business or industry partner.

  • Nationality: International students
  • Number of Scholarships: Up to six fellowships are available.
  • Scholarship can be taken in The SeNSS Consortium consists of the following ten universities:
    • City, University London
    • University of East Anglia
    • University of Essex
    • Goldsmiths, University of London
    • University of Kent
    • Reading University
    • Roehampton University
    • Royal Holloway, University of London
    • University of Surrey
    • University of Sussex

Eligibility for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: International students are eligible to apply for this fellowship.

Entrance Requirements: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

This call is open to applicants who have:

1) Completed their Ph.D. at a research organization that is part of a current ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) or Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT). A list of these DTPS and CDTs is available at the bottom of the ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowships web page; and,

2) By 23 March 2018 (the application deadline), either been awarded a Ph.D. or submitted their thesis and passed their viva voce with minor corrections, with the expectation that their Ph.D. will be awarded by the Fellowship start date; and,

3) No more than 12 months of active post-doctoral experience. This 12 month period is calculated from the viva voce being passed to the closing date of the competition, 23 March 2018.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

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Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: ESRC PDF application form – the ESRC application form, on which the SeNSS application is based, is provided in order to enable applicants to begin planning their applications. However, please note that SeNSS is only accepting online applications, via its FluidReview portal. This portal is now open for applications: to access FluidReview, please click here. Please note that you will also require an access code, which you can obtain through the SeNSS administrative lead at the university at which you plan to be based. Their contact details are available on the “Contacts” page of the SeNSS website.

All applicants must submit a completed proposal along with the required attachments through SeNSS’s online application portal by 16:00 on 23 March 2018.

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