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Departmental and SeNSS ESRC PhD Studentships in Psychology at Royal Holloway


About the Programme

The Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London invites applications for Departmental PhD Studentships, a Sarah Parker Remond PhD Studentship, and SeNSS studentships starting in the academic year 2021-2022.

The Department has an active postgraduate research community, is well-equipped for research, and is situated on a beautiful campus close to London. We were ranked 6th out of 82 UK Psychology Departments in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 93% of our research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent. Research in the department spans a breadth of topics across psychological sciences and neuroscience. We are supported by excellent facilities including an onsite, research-dedicated functional MRI facility, EEG, TMS, tDCS and eye-tracking; as well as labs dedicated to sleep, vestibular-multisensory integration, psychophysiology, psycholinguistics and infant cognition. Further information on our research environment can be found here:

Studentships are available, funded by the College to support the strategic development of our research capabilities, with a particular emphasis on developing new collaborations. Awards include a tax-free stipend in the region of £17,000 pa for three years, and cover tuition cover fees at home student rate. International applicants are welcome to apply but would be required to pay the difference between home and international tuition fees.

Our Department has introduced the Sarah Parker Remond PhD Studentship this year. This studentship will be awarded to a qualified applicant from one of the following categories of ethnicity: Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed – White and Black Caribbean; Mixed – White and Black African; or Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other). The studentship is one of several initiatives that we are undertaking as part of our Race Equality Charter (, and is a positive action measure under s.158 of the Equality Act 2010 to increase participation in an under-represented group of PGR students, as identified within our department. Note that we reserve the right not to award in any given year.

Our Department is also part of South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS: ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), which unites research-intensive universities in south east England in providing outstanding postgraduate training through ESRC funding. Applicants for the Psychology Departmental studentships and the Sarah Parker Remond studentship will be considered for SeNSS ESRC DTP studentships if they meet the eligibility criteria:

Applicants for all studentships should ideally hold, or be predicted to achieve, a first class undergraduate degree or equivalent in Psychology or related disciplines (minimum requirement: 2.1). An MSc in a psychology- or neuroscience-related subject is desirable, but not essential.

If applying for a Psychology Department studentship, we have advertised a number of strategic projects ( listed on our website in collaboration with the named project supervisor, who should be contacted directly before starting an application. Applicants may apply for a project other than those listed (must be in collaboration with a supervisor), which could be also be considered for these studentships, the SeNSS ESRC DTP or other schemes. All applicants for the Psychology Departmental studentships will be considered for SeNSS ESRC DTP studentships if they meet the eligibility criteria (


For full information on how to apply, click here

The deadline for all applications is Wednesday, 6th January, 2021.

For further information on how to apply, visit:

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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