Fully-Funded PhD Scholarships: Psychology

Lancaster University - Psychology

Closing date for all applications: February 5th 2018

The Department is offering six fully-funded PhD scholarships commencing in October 2018, as well as opportunities to apply for other studentships vis the ESRC's North West Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP). There are two Faculty of Science and Technology Studentships, three studentships associated with the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Programme, and one ESRC CASE Studentship examining older adults’ vulnerability to deception. 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. 

NWSSDTP CASE studentship with AgeUK on Older adults’ vulnerability to deception

Applications are invited for a fully-funded MSc and PhD studentship on a project to investigate older adults’ vulnerability to deception, supervised by Dr. Lara Warmelink, Dr Trevor Crawford and Prof. James Goodwin (AgeUK). The project is funded by a North West Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) CASE partnership between Lancaster University and AgeUK. The studentship is for a 1 year Masters in Psychological Research Methods at Lancaster University and a 3 year PhD. Parts of the PhD project will be conducted at the AgeUK Research Department, based in Tavistock house in London. The studentship provides full tuition fees at UK/EU rate, a tax-free stipend of approximately £14,500, and access to funding for research and training support.

The project will investigate older adults’ vulnerability to deception. Previous research has suggested that older adults may be less good than younger adults in detecting that they are being deceived. The PhD will look at three possible causes of this reduced ability: reduced emotion recognition, reduced cognitive abilities and reduced social support. The PhD will also investigate in whether older adults can be trained to become better at detecting deception. Please contact Lara Warmelink (l.warmelink@lancaster.ac.uk), if you would like to know more about this project.

Candidates should have an undergraduate degree in Psychology or a closely related discipline. You should have experience in working with or demonstrate an interest in working with older adults. Desirable criteria include: experience with psychological research, eye tracking research and having a UK driver’s license. We particularly encourage applications from mature students, students returning to academia and other minority groups.    

You must also meet the ESRC residential requirements, which include that you are ordinarily resident in the UK and (with some exceptions) have been for the past three years (see http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/studentships/esrc-students/).

Please apply via https://www.postgraduate-applications.lancaster.ac.uk. In the application, state under ‘source of funding’: NWSSDTP CASE Studentships: older adults, and specify as the proposed supervisor: Lara Warmelink. The application for this project does not require a separate research proposal. Please include a motivation letter in the ‘personal statement’ section.

2 x Faculty of Science and Technology Scholarships (all areas of psychology)

The award is for 3.5 years for UK/EU applicants and provide full tuition fees, a generous stipend of approximately £14,500 and access to a grant towards research training support.

We welcome applications from students in all areas of supervisory expertise. Before sending your application you must contact individual staff members to discuss your specific interests and to develop a research proposal. Applications that bring important and innovative ideas to match and complement the research agenda of current staff are more likely to be successful. We particularly encourage applications for scholarships to work with early career staff who have not previously taken primary supervision of PhD students (a list of early-career staff can be found here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/postgraduate/postgraduate-research/research-projects-with-early-career-staff/). Informal enquiries should be directed to members of staff prior to application, using the contact details on their departmental web page: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/people/#people.

For more information on applying for these scholarships, see here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/postgraduate/postgraduate-research/how-to-apply/

In your application, please state clearly that you are applying for the Faculty of Science and Technology Scholarships, and the application should also identify an appropriate supervisor(s). We ask for a research proposal of up to 1500 words to be included in the application.

3 x Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Programme (Infant and Early Child Development)

The Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Interdisciplinary Research on Infant Development is providing 15 PhD studentships over three years, with 7 more studentships contributed by Lancaster University. We are now inviting applications for three fully funded PhD studentships for entry in October 2018. All scholarships will cover UK/EU fees (or a portion of overseas fees) and provide a living stipend (approximately £14,500 per year) and access to a grant for research training support.

The Programme is based in the Psychology Department of Lancaster University which houses one of the largest infancy research groups in Europe, with researchers studying the cognitive, social and language development in populations ranging from foetuses to pre-school children employing a large range of methods (e.g., remote and head-mounted eye tracking, EEG, computational modelling, NIRS, EMG). Links with other departments in the University (Linguistics, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics) exist and will be further developed.

These studentships will have a strong interdisciplinary focus with the expectation to employ multiple methodologies. Applications that bring important and innovative ideas to match and complement the research interest of current staff are more likely to be successful. Informal enquiries should be directed to members of staff prior to application. For potential supervisors in this Programme see http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/leverhulme-dsp/academic-staff/.

Information on how to apply for these scholarships is provided here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/postgraduate/postgraduate-research/how-to-apply/

In your application, please state clearly that you are applying for the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme, and the application should identify the appropriate supervisor(s). Your application must include a research proposal of up to 1500 words that should be developed with your potential supervisor.

After the deadline, applications will be reviewed and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview (in person or via skype), before award decisions are made.

Before sending your application you must contact individual staff members to discuss your specific interests and to develop a research proposal.

Doctoral students will become part of the vibrant environment of the infancy research group at Lancaster and beyond with excellent research facilities and a first class supervision record. You will be encouraged to participate fully, targeting and presenting your work at national and international conferences, and you will have excellent opportunities to travel to our national and international partner laboratories, receive training in a range of psychological and neurophysiological techniques, participate in research and public engagement meetings, and meet with leading international scientists during an annual conference organized at Lancaster.

Northwest Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

Lancaster is a member of the Northwest Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP), along with the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Keele. The NWSSDTP offers studentships as 1+3 (Masters + 3 years PhD funding) and +3 (3 years PhD funding). The NWSSDTP’s fully-funded ESRC studentships cover payment of tuition fees for the duration of the studentship (including master’s and training years for 1+3 and 2+2 studentships) and an annual maintenance stipend (around £ 14,500 full-time, £7,750, part-time). Further information about the studentships, including residential eligibility, can be found in the Studentship Application Guidance here: https://nwssdtp.ac.uk/how-to-apply/.

We welcome applications from students in all areas of supervisory expertise. Before sending your application you must contact individual staff members to discuss your specific interests and to develop a research proposal. Applications that bring important and innovative ideas to match and complement the research agenda of current staff are more likely to be successful. Informal enquiries should be directed to members of staff prior to application, using the contact details on their departmental web page: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/people/

In your application, please state clearly that you are applying for the ESRC NWSSDTP Scholarships, and the application should also identify an appropriate supervisor(s). We ask for a research proposal of up to 1500 words to be included in the application.

About Lancaster University and Department of Psychology

Lancaster University is The Times and Sunday Times 2018 University of the Year, and consistently ranks in the top 10 universities in the UK. The university is situated on a beautiful campus south of the city, while Lancaster city itself is a vibrant and historic town with a castle dating from the 12th century, an 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 it has excellent transport connections (2.5 hours by direct train to London, Edinburgh, Glasgow; 1 hour by direct train to Manchester and Manchester Airport).

The Department of Psychology has excellent research facilities (see http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/research/), a first class supervision record with an outstanding submission success rate for our student, as well as being ranked in the top 150 psychology departments in the world.  All our students receive their own research support budget which can be used to attend national and international conferences. Students have the opportunity to join a large and friendly Department, which provides excellent support for further training and development, and supports open science practices. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

Successful applicants will be asked to provide (reasonable) support for teaching activities in the department, with training support provided by the University. This would normally involve leading first or second year seminar groups, or assisting in laboratory classes.

Further information about PhD study at Lancaster and funding availability can be found here: www.psych.lancs.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd/ and here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/postgraduate/postgraduate-research/funding/

By the deadline of February 5th, 2018 at 12.00pm, applicants must have completed an application to the department via the University Portal, stating clearly which PhD scholarship you are applying to (FST Teaching Scholarship; Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme; ESRC NWSSDTP Studentship).

All applications should identify appropriate supervisor(s) and the applicant must ensure that references have been provided by the deadline (otherwise the application may not be considered). After the deadline, applications will be reviewed and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview, before award decisions are made. Applicants who are unsuccessful for the scholarship will nonetheless be considered in terms of an offer of registration to the department (on a self-funded basis or where alternative funding can be identified).

With the exception of ESRC 1+3 funding, the expectation is that applicants will have completed, at the start of their award, an MSc degree in Psychology or a related discipline. 

You should apply online here https://www.postgraduate-applications.lancaster.ac.uk/

For further information concerning the scholarships, or about postgraduate study more generally, please contact the admissions team at fst-pg-admissions@lancaster.ac.uk

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