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Funded PhD opportunities - ESRC South Coast Doctoral Partnership (SCDTP)

Department of Psychology

Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

Fund your Social Sciences or Psychology PhD with an ESRC SCDTP bursary

These prestigious studentships are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for social science research in Psychology and Area Studies only – and a second round of applications are now open for 2021 entry.

Successful candidates will be part of the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP), a collaboration between the universities of Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton.

We're accepting applications for a general call as well as applications aligned with specific projects for PhD programmes (+3) or Master's and PhD programmes (1+3).

The studentships cover University of Portsmouth tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £15,285 (2020/21 rate).

Explore the projects

The projects listed below require you to discuss possible methods and research design, and detail how your skills, background and research interests match the project.

It's very important that you discuss the projects with the supervisor. Full instructions are on the SCDTP application form and there are different word limits depending on whether you are applying for a 1+3 (i.e Master's in Social Research Methods plus PhD) or +3 (PhD only) programme.

Psychology projects

Area Studies projects

Submit your own PhD proposal

If you've got your own idea for a research project, you can submit your proposal through our Open Call.

First, you'll need to check that your idea fits within our areas of expertise in Psychology and Area Studies – check the box below for more details, and to make contact with our supervisors and research coordinators.

How to apply

The first thing you'll need is a University supervisor to support your SCDTP application – so you'll need to contact prospective supervisors before you submit an application. You'll find their name(s) and contact details within the individual project details below.

There are currently 10 specific projects available across the subjects of Psychology and Area Studies, and details of each project and supervisory leads are listed below.

If you've got your own research idea, you're also welcome to submit your own research project proposal. Please check the areas of expertise listed in the 'Open Call' section below and then contact the relevant departmental lead to discuss your idea further.

Please note, you'll need to submit an online application to the University of Portsmouth plus an application for funding to the SCDTP. For more details, visit the SCDTP website.


The South Coast DTP is able to accept applications from UK and Overseas applicants to all of our accredited disciplines/pathways, however due to UKRI funding conditions, awards to non-UK residents are capped at 30% of the overall allocation.

The application deadline for both open call and specific projects is Monday 18 January 2021.

Funding Notes

The studentships cover University of Portsmouth tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £15,285 (2020/21 rate).

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