Deadline 20 January 2020 (23:59)

Psychology Doctoral Research Scholarship - 6 student-proposed projects available (2020)

Doctoral Research Scholarship - 3.25 years stipend + UK/EU fees + research and training costs + Doctoral Tutor contract for teaching up to 165 hours per year for 3 years (paid in addition to the stipend)

Type of award

Postgraduate Research

PhD project

Applications for student-led projects for entry in the 2020/2021 academic year have now closed and 6 scholarships have been awarded. We anticipate that we will be offering a similar number of studentships for entry in September 2021 and the closing date for them is likely to be mid-January 2021. We encourage applicants to contact possible supervisors to discuss their ideas before submitting an application.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend for 3.25 years (tied to the UKRI studentship rates, £15,285 p.a. in 2020/21). UK/EU PhD fees and research/training costs are also covered.

Details of our academics can be found on the Psychology PhD page of the prospectus under 'Our Supervisors'. Please identify a member of faculty whose research interests/methodologies are similar to yours and approach them informally before submitting an application. They will be able to tell you if they would be interested in supervising a PhD on your chosen topic and may wish to comment on your draft research proposal.

Applicants can apply to work with any member of faculty from one of our four research groups:

  • Developmental and Clinical Psychology
  • Social and Applied Psychology
  • Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Psychology (including Cognitive Neuroscience)

Doctoral Tutor role: 
The successful candidate will also be offered a 3 year fixed term contract, as a Doctoral Tutor, to teach up to 165 hours per year (0.1FTE Grade 5.1 (currently £25,482 p.a. pro rata), covering contact time, preparation, and marking). Doctoral Tutors will begin teaching in the second term of their studies. They will be encouraged to study for a formal teaching accreditation (Associate of the Higher Education Academy), including enrolling on a ‘starting to teach’ module in the first term before they begin teaching. Candidates who demonstrate suitability for, and express interest in, the additional Doctoral Tutor role will be preferred. 



The successful applicant will be awarded a stipend for 3.25 years (tied to the UKRI studentship rates, currently £15,009 p.a.). UK/EU PhD fees and research/training costs are also covered. 

The successful applicant will also be offered a 3 year fixed term contract, as a Doctoral Tutor, to teach up to 165 hours per year (0.1FTE Grade 5.1 (currently £25,941 p.a. pro rata), covering contact time, preparation, and marking). 

International students may apply but must fund the difference between the Home/EU fees and International Fees (approximately £16,000 per year).


• 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, Neuroscience or a related discipline.
• 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

Up to 6


20 January 2020 0:00 (GMT)

How to apply

  • In the 'Supervisor suggested by applicant' section of your application, please put the name of the supervisor you would like to supervise the PhD (with whom, ideally, you will already have made contact to discuss your ideas)'.
  • In the 'Proposed source of funding' section of your application, please put 'Psychology Doctoral Research Scholarship'.

Candidates should provide: 

  • A research proposal that outlines your knowledge of the research area, hypotheses that could be addressed in your PhD, and an outline of potential methods. The research proposal should be approximately 1,000 to 1,500 words in length and not exceed 3 pages, including references. It should be set at a minimum of 10 font type with margins a minimum of 1cm.
  • Current degree transcript(s) with full details of performance on all completed courses. 
  • Two academic references.
  • An up-to-date CV.
  • A document summarising any teaching experience you have and illustrating your suitability for a Doctoral Tutor role. 
  • International students who are liable to pay overseas fees should also explain their plan to cover the difference between home and overseas fees.

Contact us

For queries with respect to the application process:  

To discuss the details of your research interests further, please contact an appropriate academic from the list of supervisors.



Deadline: Monday 20 January 2020 (23:59)

Interviews (in person or via Skype): week of 3 February 2020

Decisions: before end of March 2020


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
20 January 2020 0:00 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from these specific countries: