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PhD Studentship: Competitive Fully-funded PhD Studentship (ESRC DTP Wales)

Bangor University - School of Psychology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bangor
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: The studentship covers the full cost of tuition fees, plus a tax-free maintenance stipend of approximately £15,280 per annum and a research allowance of £750 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th January 2021
Closes: 3rd February 2021

Closing date for applications: Feb 3 2021

Applications are invited for a competitive fully-funded PhD studentship in the School of Psychology at Bangor University, Wales. We expect to make awards in the areas of Psychology and Bilingualism. Studentships are available as either ‘1+3’, ‘+3’, or their part-time equivalent, commencing in October 2021.

We value diversity and equality and encourage applications from all applicants, irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Applications from Black, Asian, minority ethnicity, and mixed-race candidates are particularly encouraged and welcomed.

Funding amount: The studentship covers the full cost of tuition fees, plus a tax-free maintenance stipend of approximately £15,280 per annum and a research allowance of £750 per annum.

Supervision: Studentship are open in topic. Applicants should identify and approach a potential supervisor to discuss their proposed research and draft application before submitting their application. While applicants are welcome to approach any staff member (Faculty List), those who have particularly expressed interest in receiving applications for these studentships include:

Dr. Richard Binney: Semantic and social cognition. Lab Webpage; Faculty Profile

Dr. Kami Koldewyn: Social perception and neurodevelopment. Lab Webpage; Faculty Profile

Dr. Lara Maister: Bodily self-representation and interoception. Faculty Profile

Professor Paul Mullins: Neurotransmission and neuroimaging. Faculty Profile

Dr. Gary Oppenheim: Learning/decisions underlying speaking languages. Lab Webpage; Faculty Profile

Dr. Paul Rauwulf: Learning in uncertain and social environments. Full Description; Lab Webpage; Faculty Profile

For full information please go to:

For queries regarding the Psychology Pathway, contact Kami Koldewyn (; for the Bilingualism Pathway, contact Gary Oppenheim (

Residency requirements: Studentships are available to both home and international (including EU and EEA) students, subject to general eligibility requirements (see UKRI web site). Successful international student applicants will receive a fully-funded Wales DTP studentship and will not be charged the fees difference between the UK and international rate.

Essential Skills: The successful applicant will have:

  • A Master’s degree and/or a first class or good upper second-class undergraduate degree in the social sciences (e.g. psychology, social science, education, economics). 
  • A strong work ethic and genuine enthusiasm.
  • The ability to work both independently and cooperatively.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, with evidence of strong scientific writing skills.
  • Relevant psychology and/or neuroscientific knowledge and interest

Desirable Skills:

The following are desirable but not essential skills. Applicants are still very much encouraged to apply even if they do not possess any of the below:

  • Experience designing and running human experiments (e.g., behvaioural, eye-tracking, neuroimaging, online)
  • Experience analysing experimental data, particularly experience using R or a similar statistical tool.
  • Programming skills (e.g., Matlab, Python, JavaScript).

Apply now: Before applying, please identify and contact a potential supervisor. They will be able to discuss your interests and the research proposal that is required to apply. All applications submitted on Bangor’s online system must include:

  1. a 1-2 page cover letter explaining your motivation to apply for the PhD position (this should also include a description of how you meet the required and desired skill set)
  2. a current CV (2 pages maximum)
  3. academic/professional qualifications including, if relevant, proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum)
  4. a research proposal (1,000 words maximum),
  5. 2 academic references
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