Funded PhD Studentships Funded PhD Studentships

ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

The University of East Anglia invites applications for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded studentship awards for the 2020-21 academic year. As a member of the ESRC-funded South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), UEA will be offering fully-funded doctoral studentships over six years, and across 12 different training pathways.

Applications for 2020/21 are now being accepted. Please visit the UEA SeNSS web pages for further information.

For queries related to SeNSS funding, please contact the PGR Service at For academic enquiries relating to the Psychology pathway within SeNSS, please email Dr Natalie Wyer.

PhD Studentships 19/20 PhD Studentships 19/20

Fully Funded PhD Studentships in Social Sciences:

School of Psychology
Eligibility: UK/EU/International
Deadline: 20 January 2019

The Faculty of Social Sciences has a range of fully-funded opportunities for doctoral students for 2019/20 entry.

In the School of Psychology we aim to recruit PhD students to a range of identified topic areas, and outstanding candidates in any area of psychology that coheres with the research interests of staff in the School.

This year the areas we are targeting for doctoral students are listed below.



Speech sound learning in first and second language

Dr Nadja Althaus

The role of causality and a sense of agency in social cognition

Dr Andrew Bayliss

The role of self-referencing in ‘hands-on’ learning

Dr Sara Bengtsson

Factors influencing student mood and intention to access student support
using smartphone data

Dr Laura Biggart

Examining the neural basis of autobiographical memory

Dr Heidi Bonnici

Spatial Language and Dialogue

Prof Kenny Coventry

Gaze direction and theory of mind

Dr Martin Doherty

Personal semantic memory across the lifecourse

Dr Louis Renoult

The interplay between emotion, social cognition, and societal issues

Dr Daniel Rovenpor

Interpretation Biases in Intergroup Contact

Dr Charles Seger

Understanding social attitudes: psychological and neural processes
underlying attitude formation and change

Dr B Locke Welborn

Predictive Processing in the Sensory Brain

Dr Fraser Smith

Understanding Social and Cognitive Processing of Faces

Dr Mintao Zhao



Applications for all studentships are invited from suitably qualified graduates. Candidates should typically hold, or expect to hold, a first degree with a minimum of 2:1 and a Master’s degree with research methods training appropriate to the discipline, with a dissertation mark of at least 65%. Candidates applying for a 1+3 studentship should hold or expect to hold a relevant undergraduate degree. Candidates who have studied outside of the UK should typically hold, or expect to hold, qualifications at an equivalent level to those mentioned above. Candidates will be interviewed as part of the selection process. EU and International applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English Language.

For 2018/9, the Studentships cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £14,777 per annum), and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply; a small number of studentships will be available to cover full international fees.

To be considered for a Studentship, you should make an application for admission indicating the intention to be considered for a funded studentship under the Postgraduate Studentships Scheme.

Please contact the postgraduate admissions tutor, Dr Sara Bengtsson, or your potential supervisor to discuss the advertised project areas, or to explore a proposal in another area.

To discuss the application process, please contact the UEA PGR Office - email: - tel: (01603) 591709. 

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1+3 Studentships 1+3 Studentships

Studentships 1+3 doctoral award; combining an approved research Master's course and a PhD.


Application deadline 20 January 2019

The Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA are pleased to announce three Studentships available for the MRes Social Science degree as part of a "1+3" doctoral award (Masters + PhD).

The studentships cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates) and a tax-free maintenance grant (for 2018-19 this is £14,777 per annum) for a period of 4 years. These awards are available for Sept 2019 registration on a full-time or part-time basis. You can read more about the studentship here.


How to Apply

To be considered for an award, you should submit your application for admission to the MRes Social Science Research Methods degree. You will need to indicate to us that you wish to be considered for funding.

Before you submit, identify a possible supervisor and discuss your proposed topic for the PhD with them. You find the PSY Staff page here.

Studentships are awarded to students on an academic basis taking into consideration relevant disciplinary background and exceptional academic ability. Applications are invited from those who have or expect to achieve a 2.1 degree or higher in a relevant discipline.


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For further information please contact:

MRes Social Science course organiser: Dr Rose Meleady

School of Psychology PhD admissions: Dr Sara Bengtsson 

UEA Postgraduate Research Office:

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MRes Social Science Research Methods



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