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University of Sussex’s Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme

Studentships available from the University of Sussex’s Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness

The University of Sussex invites applications for PhD studentship awards within its Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme entitled “From Sensation and Perception to Awareness”. Projects are offered within and across the following disciplines:

  • Psychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Philosophy
  • Digital humanities
  • Music

What is the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme?

The prestigious Sussex Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Programme brings together doctoral researchers from different disciplines to advance our understanding of the interactions between sensing, perception, and awareness in humans, animals, and machines.

University of Sussex’s Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme

The Programme will support an intake of 8 students starting in September 2019. PhD students will be registered within one of the participating schools (Life Sciences, Informatics, Psychology, Media Film & Music, and Brighton and Sussex Medical School).

Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship holders will:

  • have Home/EU fees paid and receive a tax free living allowance at the standard Research Council rate – currently £14,777 per annum – for three years
  • be eligible for further financial support for training and research expenses, such as conference trips and experimental costs
  • be eligible to apply for one of several 12 month postdoctoral research fellowships, available only to completing Leverhulme scholars
  • benefit from supervision by world-leading researchers in the areas of sensation, perception, and awareness
  • benefit from dedicated training courses in programming, virtual/augmented reality, and public engagement
  • be part of a vibrant research community with many opportunities to develop yourself as well as your research, through specialist research seminars, reading groups, lectures by world class visiting speakers, and student-led conferences

You will also have access to research and practical expertise available across all participating schools and their related doctoral programmes and existing research networks.

How to apply?

Applicants should be UK or EU citizens and should have/expect to have at least a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree A master's degree in a relevant discipline is strongly desirable and a willingness to participate in interdisciplinary training and seminars relating to 'sensation, perception, and awareness' is required.

Candidates should develop a detailed project proposal. This can be done either by developing ONE of the pre-specified proposals or developing a proposal of their own (not limited to this pool of supervisors).

You then need to apply online to the PhD course linked to the department of your chosen supervisor (e.g. Psychology, Life Sciences) and enter “Leverhulme” in the sources of funding box. Candidates are encouraged to also apply for other sources of funding and should note that these may have earlier deadlines.

Please attach your project proposal, your CV, and any other requested information to your application.

In addition, candidates must email this brief project details form to [email protected] by the deadline.

For enquiries related to your project research contact the supervisor.

For enquiries related to the application process please contact [email protected]

Please note:

The deadline for online applications and emailing the Leverhulme details form to the University of Sussex is 23:59 pm on 31 January 2019, with interviews on 25-27 February 2019. Successful candidates will be notified by March 4th.

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