Psychology Doctoral Research Studentship (UK BAME)

Psychology Doctoral Research Studentship (UK BAME) (2023)

The School of Psychology at the University of Sussex is one of the largest research-intensive psychology schools in the UK. We were ranked in the top 10 UK Psychology Schools in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) and 91% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent. We are offering one Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Doctoral Research Studentship for entry in September 2023 to help to address the current under-representation among PhD students of those with BAME backgrounds. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for our other advertised studentships.

What you get

  • A stipend for 3 years (tied to the UKRI studentship rates, currently £17,668 p.a.) to cover living costs
  • UK fees and research/training costs are also covered for 3 years.
  • 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

Details of our academics can be found on the Psychology PhD page of the prospectus under 'Our Supervisors'. Some supevisors have also provided Research Outlines describing the kinds of PhD research they would like to supervise. 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:

Doctoral Tutor role: 

Doctoral Tutors 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. Candidates who demonstrate interest in and suitability for the Doctoral Tutor role will be preferred. 



  • This award will only pay fees at the Home/UK rate and is not open to International students liable for overseas fees.
  • This award is for candidates from a BAME background, as defined by the Higher Education Statistics Agency: [Black or Black British Caribbean; Black or Black British African; Other Black background; Asian or Asian British Indian; Asian or Asian BritishPakistani; Asian or Asian British Bangladeshi; Chinese; Other Asian background; Mixed White and Black Caribbean; Mixed White and Black African; Mixed White and Asian; Other mixed background; Arab]
  • 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 BAME candidates, regardless of personal characteristics or background. 

Number of scholarships available

up to one


6 January 2023 12:00

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 (UK BAME)'.

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 contact an appropriate academic from our list of supervisors (see 'PhD project' above). You must name a potential supervisor on your application.



Deadline: Friday 6 January 2023 (12:00pm GMT midday)

Interviews (in person or on Zoom): early February 2023

Decisions: before the end of February 2023


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
6 January 2023 12:00 (GMT)


The award is available to people from the following country: