Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: 'From Sensation and Perception to Awareness'. (2018)

The University of Sussex has recently been awarded one of 12 Leverhulme Trust grants leading to the creation of a Doctoral Scholarship Programme within Sussex entitled 'From Sensation and Perception to Awareness'. This research programme will bring together researchers and doctoral students from across neuroscience, robotics, psychology and the arts, with the ultimate aim of advancing our understanding of the interactions between sensing, perception, and awareness in humans, animals, and machines.

As part of this programme, Sussex will be providing fully-funded studentships for three cohorts of seven students, the first of which will begin studying at Sussex in September 2018. Each successful applicant will receive a tax-free stipend at Research Council rates (currently £14553 per annum), a Home/EU fee waiver and generous research and training costs. On completion of their PhD, the programme alumni will be eligible to apply for one of several 12 month postdoctoral research fellowships at Sussex, available only to completing Leverhulme DSP scholars.

Type of award

PhD Scholarship.


Award covers fees, a tax-free stipend at Research Council rates (currently £14553 per annum) plus research and training costs.


Applicants should be UK or EU citizens and should have/expect to have at least a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree. A master's degree in a relevant discipline is strongly desirable.

Applicants must also have a willingness to participate in interdisciplinary training and seminars relating to 'sensation, perception, and awareness'.


5 March 2018 23:59 (GMT)

How to apply

Applicants should select ONE of the research projects from the document at the bottom of this advert and develop this into a more detailed research proposal. Guidance on writing a research proposal is provided here.

Applicants will then need to apply, through Sussex's online PhD application form, to the PhD course linked to the department of your chosen supervisor (e.g. Psychology, Life Sciences) and enter 'Leverhulme' in the sources of funding box.

Your completed application should include your project proposal, your CV, and any other information requested e.g. degree certificates and transcripts and English language qualifications.

Contact us

Any questions concerning your chosen research project should be directed to the project supervisor, as listed on the project description.

Any questions relating to the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme, or the application process, can be sent to Dean Brooks, Doctoral School Coordinator, at doctoralfunding@sussex.ac.uk.


Monday 5 March - Deadline for applications

Thursday 22 and Friday 23 March - Interviews (note that all interviews will be conducted by the programme management committee, which is cross-disciplinary in nature).

Wednesday 28 March - Applicants notified regarding the outcome of their application.


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
5 March 2018 23:59 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired