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University of Sussex, School of Psychology - Applied Research Collaboration

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About the Programme

The School of Psychology, University of Sussex is offering TWO PhD scholarships (3 years full-time) commencing September 2020. These studentships are funded through the NIHR Kent, Surrey and Sussex Applied Research Collaboration (KSS ARC) which aims to develop applied health and social care research across the region for the benefit of patients and the public.

The PhD scholarships are linked to the KSS ARC youth mental health theme (“Starting Well”) led by Professor Fowler and involving other key faculty in the School of Psychology. We welcome applications from prospective students interested in the below topics:

• Identification of early mental health risk indicators related to school functioning and development of relevant screening strategies.
• Evaluation of new and established school-based mental health intervention models.
• Evaluation of novel detection and intervention strategies for community-based youth mental health services, with a particular focus on social connectedness and the use of digital and peer support formats.

The research will involve mixed-methods approaches, including co-production and formative qualitative studies with young service users, peers and families identified through schools and youth service settings. A particular interest is in developing an understanding of the needs of young people and their families in neglected coastal and rural communities.


• This award will only pay fees at the Home/EU rate.
• Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a First or a high Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, and/or a Master's degree, in Psychology or a related discipline.
• The University of Sussex believes that the diversity of its staff and student community is fundamental to creative thinking, pedagogic innovation, intellectual challenge, and the interdisciplinary approach to research and learning. We celebrate and promote diversity, equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.

How to apply

• Please read our Psychology PhD FAQS before you start your application.
• Please submit your application online for 'PhD in Psychology' for entry in September 2020.
• In the 'Supervisor suggested by applicant' section, please put ‘David Fowler'.
• In the 'Proposed source of funding' section, please put ‘KSS ARC'

Funding partners

Find out more about NIHR and ARCs

Contact us

For queries with respect to the application process:
To discuss the details of your research interests further, please contact Prof David Fowler


Deadline: Sunday 23 February 2020 (23:59)

Funding Notes

You will receive a stipend for 3 years (tied to the UKRI studentship rates, currently £15,009 p.a.). UK/EU PhD fees and research/training costs are also covered.
You will also be encouraged to apply for a 3 year fixed term contract, as a Doctoral Tutor, to teach up to 165 hours per year (0.1FTE Grade 5.1 (currently £25,482 p.a. pro rata), covering contact time, preparation, and marking). This pay is in addition to the Scholarship.

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