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PhD Fellowship in Behavioural Science (Psychology)

University of Warwick - Department of Psychology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Coventry
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £13,009 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 22nd August 2019
Closes: 30th September 2019

We are delighted to announce that one Departmental PhD Fellowship will be available for students wishing to start a PhD in January 2020. 

This Fellowship pays academic fees at the Home/EU rate and a maintenance grant of at least £13,009 per annum for three years. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to bid for additional funding of approx. £2,000 per annum for any teaching work that they undertake in the Department. International students are welcome to apply, but academic fees will only be covered to Home/EU rate.

This award is specifically for a project ‘Relativity of Value’ supervised by Dr Lukasz Walasek The broad goal of this project is to study the psychological processes of judgment and decision-making. More specifically, the research will focus on how people may make decisions if they have no direct access to their own underlying preferences and values. This project will predominantly involve quantitative and experimental methods. Some examples of current research questions are: How do people form beliefs about their social status? What makes a particular choice difficult and which choice objects can be described as “incomparable”? How might people infer their own preferences from their own behaviour? 

We seek a highly motivated student with strong interests in quantitative research and a broad interest in the topics of judgement and decision-making. Experience with statistics, computer programming, and research methods are assets. 

Applicants should have either a good Upper Second Class degree plus a Masters Distinction and/or a First Class degree in Psychology, Statistics, Economics or a related field. Applications should be made through the University’s postgraduate admissions online form which can be found at  Please specify in the finance and funding section on the form that you wish to be considered for a Departmental PhD Fellowship and also specify your proposed supervisor Dr Lukasz Walasek. Please provide a short document (2 pages maximum) detailing why you are a suitable candidate, your experience with programming languages, and research you would be interested in persuing. 

The Department of Psychology at Warwick was founded in 1974. The Department’s mission is to undertake cutting-edge, impactful research and to educate our students in the scientific study of the human mind, brain and behaviour. Our particular strengths lie in behavioural science, life span and wellbeing, and language and development. Warwick University are a world-leading university with the highest academic and research standards. For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars Further details about the Department can be found at: 

If you have any questions related to this PhD project or would like more details, please contact Dr Lukasz Walasek at For more information on research and publications, visit: If you have a general question about the application process, email the postgraduate admissions tutor ( ).

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