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PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology


Project Description

School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia & School of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Lincoln, UK.

Supervisors: Dr Christian Swann, Dr Matthew Bird, Dr Kyle Bennett, Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson

Background: Southern Cross University and University of Lincoln are offering a fully funded PhD scholarship in sport and exercise psychology. We are looking for an outstanding and highly motivated individual to build on a very productive research collaboration between the partnering universities.

This scholarship represents an opportunity to complete a PhD and conduct sport and exercise psychology research in both Australia and the UK. The first 18 months will be spent at Southern Cross University in Australia, and the remaining 18 months will be spent at University of Lincoln.

The project will relate to performance, enjoyment (e.g., flow), and/or mental health in sport and exercise. There may be an expectation to contribute to teaching in relevant topics as part of this scholarship, in line with each University’s normal procedure within PhD scholarships.

Applicants are welcome to contact Dr Christian Swann () for an informal discussion about this opportunity.

Eligibility: International candidates are eligible to apply. The successful applicant will need to meet the entry requirements to enrol in a PhD at Southern Cross University and University of Lincoln on a full-time basis. To be eligible, applicants require either (i) an Australian or New Zealand Bachelor’s degree with first or upper second class honours, or (ii) an international Master’s degree where at least half of the assessment was based upon a thesis or dissertation.

Location: The successful applicant will be based in Coffs Harbour, Australia for the first 18 months of the scholarship, and then in Lincoln, UK, for the remaining 18 months.

Please note the successful candidate will need to fund their own travel, application fees associated with any required visa, and overseas health cover insurance expenses.

How to apply: Send your CV (2 pages max), a cover letter (1 page), degree transcripts/certificates, and any other relevant research documents (e.g., publications/theses) in one PDF file via email to:

Please quote the PhD title in the subject line of the email.

1. Outcome of expression of interest: You’ll be notified of the outcome of your expression of interest by email after the closing date.
2. Invitation to attend an interview: If your expression of interest is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Further details about the interview will be provided in the invitation. Interviews will take place via Skype/Zoom.

Closing Date: 31st January, 2020

Interviews: February 2020 (TBA)

Funding Notes

PhD stipend of 3 year duration. The first 18 months will be at the Australian Research Training Program rate (the 2020 rate is $28,092 per year, indexed annually). The second 18 months will be at the UK/University of Lincoln standard rate (the 2019/20 rate is GBP 15,009, indexed annually).

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