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School of Psychology
2014 Research Scholarships
The School of Psychology is currently inviting applications for a number of Research Scholarships to commence in October 2014.
Some scholarships will take the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs). As part of this process, we will also be bidding for South East Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) studentships.
South East ESRC DTC Funding
Kent is proud to be part of the South-East ESRC DTC in partnership with the Universities of Reading, Royal Holloway and Surrey.
This centre of excellence in social science postgraduate research training will have studentships across the consortium for students commencing their studies in the 2014-15 academic year.
Studentships will be awarded on the basis of the academic excellence of both the candidate and the research proposal. The funding will typically cover yearly maintenance (£13,726 in 2013-14) and fees for one of the following: +3 programme (PhD); 1+3 (MSc+PhD).
Graduate Teaching Assistantship
Graduate Teaching Assistants have both student and staff status within the University, gaining teaching experience while studying for a PhD.
GTA awards cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary (equivalent to an ESRC maintenance grant), and are offered for one year, renewable to a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory academic performance.
- Candidates must hold an Honors BSc or MSc in Psychology, or expect to finish coursework for such a degree, by September 2014. A standard of a first or 2(i) for undergraduate degrees, or merit/distinction for postgraduate degrees, is expected; this will be assessed on the basis of existing work for degrees not yet completed. Non-British qualifications will be judged individually; we will generally require an overall result in the top two grading categories.
- The GTA competition is open to all postgraduate research applicants. UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply. Overseas students would have to make up the difference between the Home and Overseas tuition fees. South East DTC funding is only available to Home or EU students. Both Home and EU students have to satisfy the standard research council eligibility criteria. EU students who have not been resident in the UK for the 3 years preceding the award (i.e. on 1 October 2014) will be entitled to a Fees Only award.
- Please note that current Kent PhD students are not eligible to apply.
How to apply
- Submit an application for a PhD place (and an MSc place if applying for 1+3). Applications received before the deadline will automatically be considered for all funding opportunities.
Please include/upload the following within your application:
- name of proposed supervisor (agreed with the relevant staff member prior to submission);
- transcript of degree marks to date and certificate, if completed;
- research proposal of up to 1,000 words including brief references;
- names and email addresses of two academic referees (references must be received by the deadline);
- covering letter, stating why you should be awarded a 2014 Research Scholarship and briefly describing relevant research and teaching experience.
- Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 10 February. Unfortunately we are unable to cover travel costs but will arrange telephone/Skype interviews where appropriate.
- If you are shortlisted for ESRC funding, you will be required to complete further paperwork with your supervisor and referees by Wednesday 19 February 2014 (please ensure that you are contactable before this date). Further consortium shortlisting will take place at the end of March and applicants who are nominated by the Psychology pathway will be notified of decisions in mid-May. It is usual for strong applicants who are turned away by the ESRC to also be considered for GTAs.
5pm GMT on Friday 31 January 2014