Psychology Doctoral Research Studentship (UK)

Psychology Doctoral Research Studentships (UK) (2022)

The studentship covers Home level PhD tuition fees (currently £4500), a stipend (currently £15,609 pa) plus some research and training costs.

What you get

  • A stipend for 3 years (tied to the UKRI studentship rates, currently £15,609 p.a.) to cover living costs
  • UK fees and research/training costs are also covered. International students may apply but must self-fund the difference between the Home/EU fees and International Fees (approximately £18,000 per year).
  • You will also be expected to take up Doctoral Tutoring during your 6 semesters (3 years) of funding. This work is paid at Grade 5.1 (currently £13.88 per hour), and covers contact time, preparation and marking. You will be expected to work approximately 165 hours per year, dependent on modules selected and availability.


Type of award

Postgraduate Research

PhD project

The School of Psychology is offering up to 7 Doctoral Research Scholarships for entry in September 2022 for projects proposed by applicants.

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: 

Doctoral Tutors will begin teaching in the second term of their studies. You 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. 



  • This award will only pay fees at the Home/UK rate. International students may apply but must self-fund the difference between the Home fees and International Fees (this fee difference is currently £18,000 per year).
  • 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 7


18 January 2022 23:59

How to apply

  • In the 'Supervisor suggested by applicant' section of your application, put the name(s) of the supervisor(s) you have approached. If you leave this blank it is unlikely that you will be considered for a School studentship.
  • In the 'Proposed source of funding' section of your application, please put 'Psychology Doctoral Research Studentship'.

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 upload a document explaining how you will 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. You must name a potential supervisor on your application.



Deadline: Tuesday 18 January 2022 (23:59)

Interviews (in person or on Zoom): early February 2022

Decisions: before end of February 2022


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
18 January 2022 23:59 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from these specific countries: