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Cardiff University ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership General Studentships 2021


Cardiff School of Psychology

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About the Programme

These studentships are ‘open’ awards. Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the University and to discuss their draft application. Information on the research interests of our staff can be found on the Cardiff University Webpage

Short descriptions of each accredited pathway are available on the ESRC Wales DTP website.

Cardiff University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

Eligibility

Fully-funded Wales DTP studentships are available to both UK and international (including EU and EEA) students. All applicants will be eligible for a full award consisting of a maintenance stipend and payment of tuition fees at the UK research organisation rate. Applicants must satisfy studentship eligibility requirements. For further details, see the UKRI web site.

Academic eligibility

ESRC studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should have an excellent background in the social sciences, holding a first or a strong upper second class bachelor’s degree; applications from those who hold a relevant research training masters degree (or have an equivalent background in research training) will also be considered for a ‘+3’ award.

Employment

Full-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold either a full-time job, or a permanent part-time job, during the period of their award. Part-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold a full-time job.

Funding

The studentship provides the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend. There will be additional funds available for research expenses.

Studentship awards commence in October 2021 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £15,285 per annum for 2020/21 for full-time students, updated each year) and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants.

A ‘1+3’ studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), involving the completion of a research training master’s degree in the first year, followed by 3 years’ research funding for a PhD. A ‘+3’ studentship provides funding for the three years of PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).

How to Apply

You can apply online - consideration is automatic on applying for a PhD in Psychology, with an October 2021 start date (programme code RFPDPSYA).

Please use our online application service at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

and specify in the funding section that you wish to be considered for ESRC funding. Please specify that you are applying for this particular project and the supervisor.

The application must contain the following documents:

1. Covering letter: Please address to Professor Marc Buehner. The covering letter must name the collaborative studentship being applied for. It must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University, and the Psychology Pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project supplied. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please also specify whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.

2. Academic / Professional Qualifications: Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).

3. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include the references with their application.

4. Curriculum Vitae: This should be no longer than two pages.

5. Research Proposal: The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:

• Your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research;

• An overview of some key research literature relevant to the study;

• Your proposals for developing the design and methods of the study;

• A description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, policy and practice (as appropriate to the topic);

• Bibliographic references


Funding Notes

Cardiff University, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP studentship, available to start in October 2021. We welcome applications for both full- and part-time study. Studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full-time year of a research training master’s degree followed by three years of full-time doctoral study or the part-time equivalent) or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.

How good is research at Cardiff University in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 69.33

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