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LEGO Cambridge PhD Studentship - jointly between the PEDAL and REAL Centres

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Education

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cambridge
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th November 2018
Closes: 23rd November 2018
Reference: JR17244

The PEDAL and REAL Centres, in the Faculty of Education, are recruiting for up to 2 PhD Studentships. These are 3-year PhD studentships which are fully-funded by the LEGO Foundation. There is also potential for an additional funded year to undertake a Masters Degree in the Faculty of Education if a successful applicant does not hold a relevant Masters Degree.

The PEDAL Centre has a focus on the role of play in child education, development and learning. Supervision from the PEDAL Centre will come from Dr Jenny Gibson or Professor Paul Ramchandani.  Jenny Gibson leads a research team focussed on play and social development and Paul Ramchandani's work is focussed on the role of play in early child development. 

The REAL Centre, led by Professor Pauline Rose, pioneers research into overcoming barriers to education, such as poverty, gender, ethnicity, language and disability, and promotes education as an engine for inclusive growth and sustainable development. Supervision from the REAL Centre will be from one of a range of potential academic supervisors, depending on the PhD area of research focus.

Jointly held studentships should focus on the intersection of play, child development and learning in a low income setting and might be most suitable for an applicant from, or with significant experience of, low-income countries or settings.

Potential candidates are requested to provide a written statement as part of the University application process (see below). The written statement should be no longer than 1,500 words (excluding references but including any tables and figures) and should propose a research topic consonant with the interests of at least one member of the supervisory team.  In your written statement, address the following questions:  What do you consider to be the key issues in the topic you have chosen?  What research methods might be appropriate in answering research questions on this topic?

Please label your statement at the top "LEGO studentship written statement", so that it is clear you wish to apply for this source of funding and indicate if you are applying for the joint PEDAL-REAL studentship.

All applicants for LEGO funding will need to apply to the University via the usual route specifying they wish to apply for the PhD in Education (Graduate Application Form on the Graduate Admissions page:   After you have submitted your application form, you will upload your written statement via your Self-service account.

If you are not a UK applicant, you must tick the box(es) on the Graduate Application Form to 'Apply for Cambridge Scholarships'.  If you wish to be considered for other sources of funding if your LEGO application is unsuccessful, please ensure you tick all appropriate boxes on the application form.

We will only be able to consider applications completed by 23 November 2018, although the outcomes of applications may not be known until January 2019. 

Fixed-term: The funds for this studentship are available for 3 years.

We expect to hold interviews in November or December 2018. 

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Gibson (, Professor Rose ( or Professor Ramchandani (

Please quote reference JR17244 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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