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The South East Doctoral Training Arc (SEDarc)

The South East Doctoral Training Arc (SEDarc) is pleased to offer Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding for up to 39 PhD students for September 2024 entry.

The South East Doctoral Training Arc (SEDarc) is a partnership of six leading UK universities funded by the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC), which offers world-class postgraduate research training in the social sciences.

SEDarc aims to:

  • Offer outstanding research training that propels discovery and fosters innovation in our region, nationally, and globally
  • Equip researchers to thrive in challenge-led, collaborative, and interdisciplinary contexts through a portfolio of specialist research training, highly transferable digital and data skills training, and research in practice experiences that promote knowledge exchange and impact.

Applications for October 2024 entry are now closed.


Ring-fenced studentships

SEDarc will ring-fence up to 3 studentships for students who meet the following:

  • Be assessed as being eligible to pay fees at the home fee rate;
  • Identify as being of one of the following ethnic groups:
    • Black or Black British – Caribbean
    • Black or Black British - African
    • Other Black background
    • Asian or Asian British - Bangladeshi
    • Asian or Asian British – Pakistani
    • Asian or Asian British – Indian
  • Meet all other eligibility criteria

SEDarc Programme Structure

SEDarc offers funding for postgraduate researchers to undertake doctoral research and training. Studentships include fees and stipends at the UK home fee rate on a full-time or part-time basis (paid at 50% of full-time rates):

  • 3.5 year studentship (including 3 months for a placement)
  • 1 + 3.5 years for an integrated Masters + PhD programme (including 3 months for a placement).

Fees and stipend for 2023/4 are £4,712 and £18,622 respectively. London weighting of £2,000 will be paid where applicable. Please note that the studentship does not cover flights, visa, or health surcharge costs.

SEDarc will offer 39 doctoral studentships, 3 of which will be for applicants who meet its widening participation criteria. Please contact your institutional administrator (links in Applying section) for further details.

SEDarc offers funding across fourteen social science disciplines that are organised into five interdisciplinary thematic pathways.


SEDarc Post-Doctoral Fellowships 2024

The SEDarc Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the ESRC to host Postdoctoral Fellows for the 2024-25 academic year.

Fellowships are aimed at providing a development opportunity for those in the immediate postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills. Fellowships are for 12 months.

The funding opportunity will be open to applicants who:

  • Have completed their PhD at a UK research organisation.
  • Have been awarded a PhD or have passed their viva voce with minor amendments by the application deadline of 16 May 2024 and have been awarded their PhD by the fellowship start date of 1 October 2024. If major corrections are required to your thesis, you will not be eligible for this year’s funding opportunity.
  • Have no more than 12 months active postdoctoral experience since passing their viva voce (allowing for career breaks) by 16 May 2024. The period of active post-doctoral experience should be calculated from the viva voce being passed to the closing date of 16 May 2024.

How to apply:

All applicants must submit an expression of interest (EOI) form together with a 2-page CV to by 23:59 GMT on 25 March 2024. We encourage applicants to also complete the ESRC SEDarc Postdoctoral Fellowships equal opportunities monitoring form. Please note that responses to the EDI form will be anonymised and held securely for statistical reporting to the ESRC only.

To obtain a copy of the EOI form please enter your details here: Postdoctoral Fellowship - Expression of Interest (EOI) request form.

Please note - the link to the EOI form will expire at 23:45 GMT on 22 March 2024.

Applications will then be assessed, those shortlisted will then be asked to complete the ESRC application form. SEDarc will peer review the proposals and make funding decisions on behalf of ESRC by 17th June 2024.

For queries related to the call, please e-mail

Further information from the ESRC regarding early career researchers can be found here: Early career researchers – UKRI

SEDarc Pathways

Living Sustainably; Healthy, Thriving Communities; Inclusive Economic Growth; Secure, Effective, & Trusted Institutions; Transformative Technologies for Society

SEDarc Disciplines

Anthropology & Development Studies (Universities of Sussex, Reading, Kent), Architecture, Built Environment & Planning (Universities of Reading & Kent): Business and Management (Universities of Kent, Royal Holloway, Reading, Surrey, Sussex); Cyber Security (Universities of Kent, Royal Holloway); Economics (Universities of Royal Holloway, Reading (Agri-Food Economics), Surrey, Sussex); Education (Universities of Reading, Sussex); Geography & Environmental Studies (Universities of Kent, Royal Holloway, Reading, Sussex); Health & Social Care (Universities of Kent, Kingston); Law & Criminology (Universities of Kent, Royal Holloway Institute of Criminology, Sussex); Linguistics (Universities of Surrey, Sussex, Reading); Politics & International Relations (including Area Studies) (Kent, Royal Holloway, Reading, Surrey, Sussex, Sussex (Area Studies); Psychology (Universities of Kent, Royal Holloway, Reading, Surrey, Sussex); Social Policy & Work (Universities of Kent, Sussex); Sociology (Universities of Kent, Surrey, Sussex).


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