The University of Reading is delighted to be part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded South East Doctoral Training Arc (SEDarc). This Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is a strong consortium of 6 leading universities: Royal Holloway, University of London, the University of Kent, Kingston University, the University of Reading, the University of Surrey, and the University of Sussex.
SEDarc DTP funding allows for innovative doctoral support, including the development of broader skills through a comprehensive training programme, and experience in working outside academia through placements.
For entry in September 2024, studentships can be for social science research in the following areas:
SEDarc applications will be assessed within five cross-disciplinary, challenge-led themes that span the social sciences:
Living Sustainably Healthy Thriving Communities
Inclusive Economic Growth
Secure, Effective and Trusted Institutions
Transformative Technologies for Society
Interested applicants should discuss with their potential supervisors how their project fits within the SEDarc themes.
What is on offer?
1. Awards of 3.5 years duration to cover PhD fees and a maintenance stipend (living allowance) at the UKRI rate.
For reference, the annual UKRI stipend rate in 2023/24 is £18622.
Please note that 3.5 years of funding is to include a 3-month placement. Placements also have an associated £1000 travel fund. Studentships in which the student does not undertake a placement are for 3.25 years of funding only.
2. A limited number of awards are available which also include a further year of funding to study for a Master’s degree prior to commencing a PhD programme. Only applicants without an existing Social Science Master’s degree may apply for this type of award.
Eligible Master’s programmes at Reading for which it is possible to apply are:
UK/Republic of Ireland students (who satisfy certain residency criteria which are detailed in the eligibility guidelines) are eligible for awards covering fees at the UK/Republic of Ireland rate and provide a maintenance grant (stipend), the current (2023/24) level of which is £18,622 for full-time study.
Applications are open to UK and International applicants. ESRC funding covers tuition fees at the UK/Republic of Ireland rate; for international candidates offered an ESRC award, the difference between UK/Republic of Ireland and international fees will be covered by the University of Reading. Those awarded a SEDarc studentship are therefore not liable to pay fees. Please note, although International applicants are eligible to apply, due to the nature of the funding of this studentship, a maximum of 30% of SEDarc studentships will be awarded to International students.
Students who have already commenced doctoral study may NOT apply for this funding.
How to apply for these studentships
1. Apply online for a place of admission to a PhD programme at Reading via the RISIS portal.
2. Complete the online Expression of Interest form.
3. Prepare a draft SEDarc application.
Once you have completed the Expression of Interest form, we will put you in contact with academics within an appropriate School or Department to discuss your SEDarc application.
To be considered for this studentship, SEDarc applicants must complete a SEDarc application form in addition to the standard PhD application to Reading via the RISIS portal. Interested applicants will be provided with a template of this form once they have been in contact with appropriate academics within their chosen School or Department.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 5 January 2024. The deadline for applications is 12 January 2024. Applicants must have applied to a PhD programme at Reading via RISIS and completed a draft SEDarc proposal by this time.
1. SEDarc applicants must complete an application for PhD study and a draft SEDarc proposal before 12 January 2024.
2. In mid-late January, draft SEDarc proposals will be reviewed within the University of Reading.
3. In early February, a panel will be convened at Reading to select the University’s nominees who will be forwarded to the main SEDarc studentship competition.
4. In early-mid February, nominated candidates will be provided feedback to make final changes to their SEDarc applications.
5. University of Reading SEDarc nominees must submit their SEDarc application to the SEDarc application portal by 19 February 2024.
Successful applicants will be informed by the SEDarc DTP that they are being made awards by early April 2024.
Please note that these dates are provisional and subject to final confirmation.
For further information and advice about these studentships, please contact the Doctoral and Researcher College by emailing the Doctoral Studentships Support Officer .