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PhD Scholarships in Psychology

Department of Psychology

About the Programme


Each year the Department of Psychology offers fully-funded PhD scholarships commencing the following October. We also provide opportunities to apply for other studentships via the ESRC's North West Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP), and to work with non-university partners via CASE studentship awards. In all cases we are looking for academically excellent students, who are passionate about doing research and have an exciting project they want to pursue.

Faculty of Science and Technology Teaching Scholarships
We welcome applications covering all areas of psychology (with specialities including Language and Cognition, Social Processes, Perception and Action, Infancy and Development), and encourage applicants to contact potential supervisors as early as possible.

For applicants interested in infancy and early development, there are dedicated studentships linked to the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Interdisciplinary Research on Infant Development ( This Programme is based in the Psychology Department, which houses one of the largest infancy research labs in Europe, with researchers addressing the cognitive, social and language development in populations ranging from foetuses to pre-school children employing a wide range of methods (e.g., eye tracking, EEG, computational modelling, NIRS). These latter studentships will have a strong interdisciplinary focus with the expectation to employ multiple methodologies.

For all Faculty Scholarships, the award is for 3.5 years for UK/EU applicants and provides full tuition fees, a generous stipend (approximately £15,000), plus access to funds to support research and further training.


Northwest Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership
Lancaster is a member of the Northwest Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP), allowing students to apply for PhD funding (+3) and masters+PhD funding (1+3), covering maintenance (~£14,553,) and tuition.

Further information about the studentships can be found here: As this is partially funded by the University, a limited amount of teaching will be required as part of the studentship contract.

About the Department and Lancaster University
The Department of Psychology has world-leading research facilities, a first-class supervision record, supports open science practices, and is ranked in the top 150 psychology departments worldwide. Students will join a friendly Department that is committed to family-friendly working policies, welcoming applications from people in all diversity groups.

Lancaster University is a top 10 university in the UK. The university is situated on a beautiful campus, while Lancaster city is steeped in history, offers a vibrant, established art and music scene and a thriving student population. It is surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty, with the Lake District on its doorstep, and has excellent transport connections (direct trains to London/Manchester/Edinburgh).

For deadlines and further information concerning all PhD applications, please visit

For information about postgraduate study more generally, please contact the admissions team at


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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