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Fully-Funded PhD Scholarships

Lancaster University - Department of Psychology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Lancaster
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,500
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th December 2018
Closes: 4th February 2019

Closing date for applications: February 5th 2019

The Department is offering five fully-funded PhD scholarships commencing in October 2019, as well as opportunities to apply for other studentships vis the ESRC's North West Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP). There are three Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) Studentships and two studentships associated with the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Interdisciplinary Research on Infant Development. 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.

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

The award is for 3.5 years for UK/EU applicants and provides full tuition fees, a generous stipend of approximately £14,500 and access to a grant towards research training support. There is the possibility of one award for an Overseas (non-EU) student, which will be for 3 years, and also provide full tuition fees and stipend.

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.

As a department, we particularly encourage applications 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:

www.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/study/phd/#d.en.348270), and applications to work with these members of staff are weighted preferentially during the evaluation of applications

In all cases, informal enquiries should be directed to members of staff prior to application, using the contact details on their departmental web page: www.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/about-us/people

For more information on applying for these scholarships, see here: www.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/study/phd/#d.en.358056

In your application, please state clearly that you are applying for the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) 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.

Supporting Early-Career Staff

The Department of Psychology is particularly keen to support PhD applications to work with early-career staff, and applications to work with early-career staff are weighted preferentially during the evalutaion of applications for the Faculty of Science and Technology Studentships. Below are staff that are interested in hearing from students looking to work in the areas they have highlighted. If the area is of interest to you, please contact the relevant staff member before submitting a PhD application.

2 x Faculty of Science and Technology Scholarships linked to the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Interdisciplinary Research on Infant Development

The Psychology Department hosts the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Interdisciplinary Research on Infant Development which has provided 15 PhD studentships (see wp.lancs.ac.uk/leverhulme-dsp). Now we are offering two Faculty of Science and Technology Scholarships in the area of infant and early child development that are linked to this Programme. Both studentships are for 3.5 years and provide full tuition fees for UK/EU applicants (other international applicants would need to finance the fee difference from other sources), a generous stipend of approximately £14,500 per year and access to a grant towards research training support.

The Programme is based in the Psychology Department of Lancaster University which houses one of the largest infancy research labs in Europe, with researchers addressing the cognitive, social and language development in populations ranging from foetuses to pre-school children employing a wide range of methods (e.g., eye tracking, EEG, computational modelling, NIRS). The studentships will have a strong interdisciplinary focus with the expectation to employ multiple methodologies.

We welcome applications from students in the area of infant and early child development. A list of staff members involved in the Programme can be found here: wp.lancs.ac.uk/leverhulme-dsp/academic-staff. Before sending your application you must contact an individual staff member 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, or to the Director of the Programme, Prof. Gert Westermann (g.westermann@lancaster.ac.uk).

For more information on applying for these scholarships, see here: www.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/postgraduate/postgraduate-research/how-to-apply. In your application, please state clearly that you are applying for a Leverhulme-associated Scholarship, 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.

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 an annual maintenance stipend (full-time: Approximately £14,553, part-time: £7,276 for 2019/20). Further information about the studentships, including residential eligibility, can be found in the Studentship Application Guidance here: 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: www.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/about-us/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.

NOTE: The deadline for NWSSDTP applications is February 4th, 2019.

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 world-leading research facilities (see www.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/research), a first-class supervision record with an outstanding submission success rate for our students, 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.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/study/phd.

By the deadline of February 5th, 2019 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 Scholarship; Leverhulme-associated Scholarship;ESRC NWSSDTP Studentship). Note again, the deadline for ESRC NWSSDTP applications is 5pm, February 4th, 2019

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 (in person or via skype), 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, although in exceptional circumstances, students with other relevant experience may not have completed Master's level studies. 

You should apply online here 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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