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ESRC funding for 2018/19

Royal Holloway offers ESRC postgraduate scholarships through SeNSS (South-east Network for Social Sciences), a Doctoral Training Parthership of ten universities. 

Information on the SeNSS application process is available on the SeNSS website.   For October 2018 entry, you must  complete a Royal Holloway College application to study for a research degree AND notify the relevant academic department that you wish to be considered for SeNSS scholarship by the 21st January 2018.

You can apply for funding to study for a masters and PhD (1+3 award) or a PhD alone (+3).  All studentships can be offered on a full or part time basis. SeNSS studentships include a Research Council maintenance grant of £16,553 (2017/18) and cover tuition fees at the home/EU rate.

ESRC pathways at Royal Holloway

Below is a list of all the ESRC accredited pathways at Royal Holloway, with the relevant academic lead.


Academic lead 

Email address

Phone number


Dr Ija Trapeznikova


01784 414003


Development Studies

Dr Vandana Desai


01784 276223

Human Geography

Dr Innes Keighren


01784 443722


Professor Paul Robson

Dr Amany Elbanna



01784 414286

01784 276697



Dr Julia Gallagher


01784  443148


Professor Johannes Zanker

Dr Catherine Sebastian



01784 443523


Eligibility for ESRC funding

Academic conditions: In order to receive ESRC studentship funding you must have qualifications/experience equal to the standard of a good honours degree at a first or upper second class level from a UK academic research organisation. Degree qualifications gained from outside the UK, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience that is equivalent to a relevant UK degree, may be accepted.

Residential conditions: to be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees), you must:

  • have settled status in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay, AND
  • have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship grant. This means you must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences), AND
  • 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, you must:

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

Discipline: ESRC funding at Royal Holloway is available only for the pathways listed on this page under 'Pathways'; research topics which do not fall under these areas are not eligible for ESRC funding. 

Full details of eligibility are set out in the RCUK Conditions of Research Council Training Grants and the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide and advice can be obtained from esrcdtp@rhul.ac.uk.

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You should firstly read the information for prospective students on the SeNSS website and then talk to your prospective supervisor about applying for an ESRC award. 

Please note that you will need to apply to Royal Holloway to study for a research degree before an application for SeNSS funding can be made.  

If your supervisor, together with the relevant Pathway Lead, consider your application potentially suitable for SeNSS funding, you will be sent a link and access code in order to make an online application.

The Royal Holloway deadline is the 21st January 2018.  You need to submit both your application to study at Royal Holloway and notify the relevant Department of your wish to be considered for a SeNSS scholarship by the 21st January.




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