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University of Sussex, School of Psychology – Doctoral Research Scholarships

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

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The School of Psychology is offering up to 6 Doctoral Research Scholarships for entry in September 2019. Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend for 3.25 years (tied to the UKRI studentship rates, currently £14,777 p.a.). UK/EU PhD fees and research/training costs are also covered.

Doctoral Research Scholars will also be offered 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). Doctoral Tutors will begin teaching in the second term of their studies. They will be encouraged to study for a formal teaching accreditation (Associate of the Higher Education Academy), including enrolling on a ‘starting to teach' module in the first term before they begin teaching. Candidates for the Doctoral Research Scholarships who demonstrate suitability for, and express interest in, the additional Doctoral Tutor role will be preferred.

Selecting your PhD project
You should consult the School of Psychology Research pages and identify a member of faculty whose research interests/methodologies are similar to yours. You should approach them informally before submitting an application to see if they would be interested in supervising a PhD on the topic that interests you.

Applicants can apply to work with any member of faculty from one of our four research groups:
• Developmental and Clinical Psychology
• Social and Applied Psychology
• Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience
• Cognitive Psychology (including Cognitive Neuroscience)

• 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 submit your application online at for the 'PhD in Psychology' programme for September 2019.
• In the 'Supervisor suggested by applicant' section, please put the name of the supervisor(s) you have approached.
• In the 'Proposed source of funding' section, please put ‘Psychology Doctoral Research Studentship'
• Include in your application a document summarising any teaching experience you have and illustrating your suitability for a Doctoral Tutor role.
• Tips on how to write your research proposal and other useful FAQs can be found in 'Applying for a PhD in Psychology at the University of Sussex for 2019 Entry'.

Contact us
For queries with respect to the application process:
To discuss the details of your research interests further, please contact an appropriate member of faculty from the list of supervisors

Deadline: 24 February 2019 (23:59)
Interviews (usually via Skype): week of 11 March 2019
Decisions: end of March 2019

Funding Notes

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend for 3.25 years (tied to the UKRI studentship rates, currently £14,777 p.a.). UK/EU PhD fees and research/training costs are also covered.
International students may apply but must fund the difference between the Home/EU fees and International Fees.

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