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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 2018-19 academic year. As a member of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), a social sciences focused research and doctoral training partnership (DTP) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UEA will be offering fully-funded doctoral studentships over the next six years across 12 different training pathways.

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Applications for 2018/19 entry will be open from the 2nd October 2017. For queries related to ESRC SeNSS, please contact the PGR Service via

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PhD Studentships 18/19 PhD Studentships 18/19

Fully Funded PhD Studentships in Social Sciences:

School of Psychology
Eligibility: UK/EU/International
Deadline: 21 January 2018

The Faculty of Social Sciences has a range of fully-funded opportunities for doctoral students for 2018/19 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.

Topic Supervisor
Language learning and development Dr Nadja Althaus
Examining the neural basis of autobiographical memory Dr Heidi Bonnici
The mechanics of Bayesian interval timing Dr Garry Cai
Spatial language and memory for object location in older adults Prof Kenny Coventry
Prediction in language: An analysis of individual differences to inform theoretical models Dr Paul Engelhardt
Exploring the computational and neurobiological mechanisms of structure learning Dr Thomas FitzGerald
Exploring the consequences and antecedents of positive and negative intergroup contact Dr Rose Meleady
Brain connectivity analysis for high-level cognition Prof Will Penny
Decision making and the brain Dr Tom Sambrook
Decoding faces: Understanding face processing by Mind, Brain, and Machine 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.

The Studentships cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £14,553 per year), 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. 


1+3 Studentships 1+3 Studentships

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


Application deadline 21 January 2018

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 (currently £14,553 per year) for a period of 4 years. These awards are available for Sept 2018 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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