Research Scholarships 2021 – SeNSS and Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Anthropology and Conservation at Kent offers a supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning. Our lecturers and research students are engaged in exciting projects in the UK and around the world. We promote innovative and interdisciplinary research, facilitated by our research centres. The research interests of our staff can be found on the School of Anthropology and Conservation‘s website. 

We are inviting applications for a number of research scholarships to commence in September 2021. Some scholarships will take the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) for PhD applicants only. We will also be bidding for ESRC/SeNSS-funded studentships as part of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Social Anthropology & Science, Technology and Sustainability pathways; we welcome applications for PhD (+3) and Master’s+PhD (1+3) awards. The SeNSS studentships include a doctoral stipend (equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (£15,285 2020/21 rate (2021/22 rate to be announced)), tuition fees at the Home rate (Kent will waive the difference between Home and Overseas tuition fee rate) and access to further research funding. 

Postgraduate Programmes 

Anthropology PhD
Biodiversity Management PhD
Ethnobiology PhD
Human Geography PhD 

Master’s degrees (SeNSS 1+3s only)
Social Anthropology – Humanitarian and Environmental Crises MA
Ethnobotany MSc  

Graduate Teaching Assistantships 

Students engaged as Graduate Teaching Assistants hold a unique position in the University; they are both registered PhD students in receipt of a scholarship and employees of the University. The GTAs will cover tuition fees plus a combined maintenance grant and salary, equivalent to the full UK Research Councils rate of £15,009 (rate for 2019/20). The GTAs will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory academic performance. 

SeNSS ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Funding 

SeNSS is one of only 14 UK ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and will be offering a number of full-funded ESRC doctoral studentship to start in September 2021. To find out more about eligibility, see the SeNSS page. 


To be considered for the scholarships, candidates must hold a good Honours degree (First or 2:1), or a Master’s degree (merit or distinction) from recognised institutions, with first-class marks in research dissertations and research methods (if available). Candidates for 1+3 must show equivalent marks in their undergraduate transcript. All candidates must have at least two supportive academic references, and a background in either Anthropology, Conservation, Human Geography or a methodologically relevant discipline. Applicants must also provide evidence that they satisfy the University’s minimum English language requirements 


Graduate Teaching Assistantships
The GTA competition is open to Home students. The method of determining tuition fee status is complex and follows guidelines issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs. 

Please note that current Kent PhD students are not eligible for GTAs. 

SeNSS Studentships
Home and overseas students are eligible to apply for a SeNSS Studentship.
UK residential conditions: 

  • Be a UK National (meeting UKRI residency requirements), or 
  • Have settled status, or 
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirement) or 
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter 

If you are applying as an overseas student (this includes EU nationals), Kent will waive the difference between the Home and Overseas fees. 

If a SeNSS +3 applicant has not completed/is not studying a SeNSS approved Master’s degree, additional checks will be needed to ensure that the required research methods training outcomes have been met. SeNSS 1+3 candidates should note that all of our taught Master’s degrees are compliant. 

How to Apply 

All completed applications must be received by 12:00 noon (UK time) on 18 January 2021. 

Completed applications must comprise all of the following: 

  • Submission of a KentVision application, made via the online prospectus, for a PhD place in the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent including:
    • The name of the proposed supervisor (this should be agreed with the relevant staff member prior to submission) 
    • A transcript of degree undergraduate and postgraduate marks to date and certificate, if completed, in pdf format 
    • The name and email address of two academic referees. Please leave a suitable amount of time for your referees to respond to the reference request which is sent automatically upon submission of the PhD application in KentVision
    • A current CV in pdf format 
  • Submission of a FluidReview application (for SeNSS applicants only).

Shortlisting and Interviews 

The shortlisting process will start from Wednesday 20 January and interviews will be held virtually from Friday 22 January. Shortlisted candidates will be required to present their proposal using visual aids (ie Powerpoint presentation slides) at interview. 

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