Psychology Doctoral Research Studentship - Intergroup relations in the context of the Arab region (2022)

The studentship covers Overseas level PhD tuition fees (£22,975), a stipend (currently £15,609 per year) 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
  • Overseas fees and research/training costs are also covered. 
  • 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

Rim Saab is seeking PhD candidates in the following areas of intergroup relations in the context of the Arab region, particularly but not exclusively in Lebanon.

1)     The social psychology of collective action has typically neglected the study of popular uprisings or revolutions. The Arab region presents ample opportunities to delve further into such contexts. Projects in this area can focus on the development of existing models of social psychological drivers and dynamics of collective action to uprisings/revolutions, and/or the exploration of novel questions which existing models do not address.

2)     The social psychology of prejudice and discrimination has tended to focus primarily on racism and sexism. Less is known about the psychology of sectarianism, which is an important feature of intergroup relations in some countries (e.g. Lebanon, Iraq, Syria). Examples of questions in this area include the conceptualization and measurement of sectarianism, social-psychological factors that help promote sectarianism and interventions to address it. 

Knowledge of spoken and written Arabic and English is essential, in addition to background knowledge of the social-political contexts in the region. The PhD project can employ quantitative and/or qualitative methods.


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 you begin teaching. Candidates who demonstrate suitability for, and express interest in, the additional Doctoral Tutor role will be preferred. 



  • This award will pay fees at the Overseas rate. International students must move to Sussex for the duration of the PhD and will not be permitted to register as Distance Learners.
  • 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 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



8 February 2022 23:59

How to apply

  • In the 'Supervisor suggested by applicant' section of your application, please put 'Rim Saab'.
  • In the 'Proposed source of funding' section of your application, please put 'Psychology Doctoral Research Studentship - Rim Saab'.

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. 

Contact us

For queries with respect to the application process:  

To discuss the details of your research interests further, please email Rim Saab.



Deadline: Tuesday 8 February 2022

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

Decision: late February/early March 2022


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
8 February 2022 23:59 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from these specific countries: