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What is mindfulness? Development of a cross-cultural consensual definition and a cross-cultural measure of mindfulness (University of Sussex in collaboration with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust)

   South East Network for Social Sciences

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  Prof Clara Strauss  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Project background:

Mindfulness has become extremely popular in recent years and there are a vast number of mindfulness training courses available. This is partly because research has demonstrated that learning mindfulness is beneficial for mental health and wellbeing and mindfulness training is even recommended in NHS treatment guidelines for depression. However, despite this, different people define mindfulness in different ways and there are cross-cultural differences in how people think about mindfulness. This also means that it is difficult to measure mindfulness accurately because we first need to agree on what mindfulness is before we can measure it. Measuring mindfulness accurately is important because it will allow us to know how well existing mindfulness training programmes improve mindfulness and it will also allow us to refine mindfulness training programmes so that they can improve all aspects of mindfulness more fully and potentially lead to better outcomes. Both supervisors are clinical psychologists and, during the studentship, there will be the opportunity to gain clinical experience working in the NHS within the Sussex Mindfulness Centre.

How to apply for this studentship

You must first apply for a place to study at the university where the research project is based, noting that you are applying for the collaborative studentship. Please go to the University of Sussex here to find more details on how to make your university application.

You will then need to make a separate application for this collaborative studentship using the SeNSS online application platform. The link to the application platform and the notes to guide you through this process are available here.

Start date for study: 1 October 2023.

Funding Notes

Residential eligibility
Anyone regardless of where they live or what their citizenship/nationality is eligible for a fully-funded award.
Studentship Details:
This studentship may be taken as either a 1+3 year award (a one-year MSc followed by a three-year PhD), or a +3 award (a three-year PhD). It may be taken full or part-time.
The studentship award includes full payment of your university fees, and provides you with a stipend (salary) of £17,668 per year. If you are studying at one of our London based universities you will receive an additional payment of £2,000 per year.
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