Psychology scholarship - colour perception 2

PhD Scholarship:The impact of visual environment on colour perception (cross-cultural fieldwork) (2019)

The PhD studentship is part of a 5-year interdisciplinary European Research Council-funded project investigating the impact of the visual environment on colour perception. Supervisors: Dr Jenny Bosten and Professor Anna Franklin

What you get

A stipend of £14.777 p.a. UK/EU. PhD fees and research and training costs are also covered for 3 years

Type of award

Postgraduate Research

PhD project

The PhD will investigate whether people living in different environments (lush jungle vs arid desert or urban) differ in their colour perception as a result of the chromatic properties of those environments.  This will involve conducting colour perception experiments in some of the remotest parts of the world with people from non-industrialised cultures.  The student will need to be confident travelling independently, living in rugged conditions (e.g., camping in the jungle), and communicating with people from different cultures to their own.  The fieldwork will involve being away from home for up to 5 weeks at a time, several times throughout the year (fieldtrips will have a local guide and translator).  Prior experience in taking part in fieldwork or global travel is desirable.  The student would join a research group (The Sussex Colour Group, with a strong track record of research on colour perception.

The School of Psychology is one of the largest centres for the study of psychology in the UK with nearly 50 academic faculty and over 1000 undergraduate and postgraduate students working in a rich and supportive learning environment. 

Psychology is a diverse discipline and our size means that we span major research areas in social, cognitive, biological, developmental and clinical psychology. Psychology at Sussex was rated 10th in the UK for research in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 91% of our research at Sussex is ranked as world-leading or internationally significant.

Please direct informal enquiries to Jenny Bosten (


  • This award will only pay fees at the Home/EU rate.
  • Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a First or a high Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, and/or a Master's degree in Psychology or a discipline where skills relate to the project (e.g., in the Cognitive, Neuro, Biological or Social Sciences or anthropology).
  • Only full time students will be accepted.
  • The University of Sussex believes that the diversity of its staff and student community is fundamental to creative thinking, pedagogic innovation, intellectual challenge, and the interdisciplinary approach to research and learning. We celebrate and promote diversity, equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background. 

Number of scholarships available



20 January 2019 0:00

How to apply

  • Please submit your application online at for the 'PhD in Psychology' programme for September 2019.
    • In the 'Supervisor suggested by applicant' section of your application form, please put name of supervisor(s)
    • In the 'Proposed source of funding' section of your application form, please put ‘ERC
    • A personal statement that outlines your interest in the research area, summarises your skills and research background, and presents any ideas you have for the project. Your statement should not exceed 2 pages including references, be set at minimum 10-font type with margins a minimum of 1cm.
  • Candidates should provide
    • An up-to-date CV
    • Current degree transcript(s) with full details of performance on all completed courses
    • Two academic references


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Contact us

For queries with respect to the application process please send an email to 'Postgraduate Coordinator' to: 

To discuss the details of this PhD project further, please contact to Jenny Bosten (



Deadline for applications: 20 January 2019

Interviews: likely to be in February 2019


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
20 January 2019 0:00 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from these specific countries: