ESRC Doctoral Training Studentships


PhD students who wish to study at Goldsmiths can bid for the 37 studentships available within SeNSS

Goldsmiths is part of the South-east Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), funded by the ESRC to train the next generation of social scientists. Fully-funded ESRC studentships are available to research students via this DTP. The 37 studentships are available across the 9 SeNSS institutions. Applications for entry in October 2017 are now closed. Information about 2018 funding will be available in the autumn.

Please visit the SeNSS website for more information about the universities which are members of  SeNSS, and the disciplines of PhD research that SeNSS covers. Studentships are available are from all 9 institutions.

Award amount

‌Home students

Studentships will cover your tuition fees for up to four years (including for an MA or MSc), and provide an annual stipend of £16,296 including London Weighting.

EU students

EU students can apply for the 2017/18 year and may receive a fees only award as in previous years.

International students

We regret that international students are not eligible for funding.

Routes for research and training

There are a variety of flexible routes for research and training, depending on your background and the research you’re planning to undertake.

  • 1+3 pathway
    If you don’t already have a Masters degree with an extensive methods component then this is the route you should probably apply for: 1 year funded to do a research Masters, followed by 3 years funded to do your PhD.
  • +3 pathway
    If you already have a Masters degree with an extensive research component (eg a research Masters offered by an ESRC DTC) then you will need to apply for this route: 3 years funding to do your PhD.

  • +4 pathway

    Some of our departments don’t offer a suitable research Masters, but instead offer a +4 route: 4 years funding to do your PhD, taking core research training courses from the DTP in your first year. You’ll cover the same material as the students doing the 1+3 route, but you don’t get a Masters degree at the end of your first year.


Eligible subject areas

Goldsmiths students are eligible to apply for funding in the following disciplinary pathways:

How to apply

Please complete the following steps:

Wherever possible please submit all supporting documents with your online application. In very unusual cases where this is not possible, please send them directly to the postgraduate administrator in the Goldsmiths academic department you are applying to, making it very clear that it's for an ESRC-funded studentship

Goldsmiths Departmental academic contacts are:


As part of your application you’ll need to nominate two academic referees who will provide a reference on your suitability for a PhD programme. It is your responsibility to ensure that they provide the references by the deadline required.


You need first to apply to departments for a PhD place (or Masters and PhD if appropriate).  You should indicate that you are interested in being considered for SeNSS ESRC funding. Individual departments may have slightly different deadlines for applications – please check the departmental webpages for information.

Selection process

The academic department to which you’ve applied will consider your application and may invite you for an interview. If successful you will be offered a place on the relevant PhD research programme.

The department has an allocation of nominations that they can make to the DTC for funding, and if you’re among the strongest candidates applying to the department, then you may be nominated by the department for funding. This nomination process takes place between January and March 2017.

If nominated, your application will be considered at the SeNSS DTP studentship selection panels, who will then make their funding offers to the best of the nominated candidates.

Further information

If you would like further information about the South-east Network for Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership, or would like to informally discuss the studentship application process, please contact Gillian McWhirt on

For further information please visit the SeNSS and ESRC web pages.