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Research Scholarships 2018

The deadline for applications has passed. It is likely that opportunities for September 2019 will be published in December/January 2018.

Psychology at Kent offers a supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning. We conduct both basic and applied research in several areas, and we are highly regarded as a leading European centre for postgraduate research. We have a long-established international reputation in social psychology, and this is complemented by our strengths in cognitive neuropsychologydevelopmental and forensic psychology. We also have experts in organisational and political psychology.

The School of Psychology is currently inviting applications for a number of research scholarships to commence in September 2018. Some scholarships will take the form of School of Psychology/Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarships administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme. We will also be bidding for ESRC-funded studentships as part of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The research interests of our staff can be found in the online prospectus.

PhD Programmes

Psychology PhD*
Cognitive Psychology PhD
Forensic Psychology PhD
Social Psychology PhD

*We can offer supervision of projects in the areas of Developmental, Organisational and Political Psychology as part of the Psychology PhD programme.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Students engaged as Graduate Teaching Assistants hold a unique position in the University; they are both registered PhD students in receipt of a scholarship and employees of the University.
The GTAs will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary, equivalent to the full UK Research Councils rate of £14,553 (rate for 2017/18).
The GTAs will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory academic performance.

SeNSS ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Funding

SeNSS is one of only 14 UK ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and will be offering a number of full-funded ESRC doctoral studentship to start in September 2018. This scheme is also open to 1+3 (MSc+PhD) applicants. To find out more about eligibility and the SeNSS, click here.


To be considered for a scholarship, candidates must have at least a strong 2:1 (or international equivalent) in an undergraduate or Master's level Psychology (or closely allied discipline) degree from recognised institutions, with first-class marks in research dissertations or research methods. Candidates for 1+3 (via ESRC) must show equivalent marks in their undergraduate transcript. All candidates must have at least two supportive academic references, and a background in psychology or a methodologically relevant discipline. Applicants must also provide evidence that they satisfy the University's minimum English language requirements. In the case of GTA scholarships, the panel must be satisfied that the candidates have demonstrated the ability and motivation to teach effectively.


The GTA competition is open to applicants from any country. Please note that overseas students must have the appropriate documentation to evidence eligibility to work in the UK. Further information can be found here. Since the award covers tuition fees at the Home/EU rate, Overseas fee paying students would have to make up the difference in tuition fees themselves; the maintenance grant must not be used for this purpose. The method of determining tuition fee status is complex and follows guidelines issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

To be eligible for a full SeNSS Studentship (stipend and fees), you must have:

  • have settled status in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay.
  • have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship grant. This means you must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences).
  • not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK and EU nationals.

Please note that current Kent PhD students are not eligible for School of Psychology/Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship awards.

How to Apply

Please send your expression of interest email to as early as possible. This should include your full name and also the name of your supervisor.

All completed applications received by 5pm (UK time) on 21st January 2018 will be considered for all funding opportunities for which they are eligible. Therefore, separate applications are not required.

Completed applications must comprise all of the following:

  • Submission of a KentVision application for a PhD place (and an MSc place if applying for 1+3) in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent including:
    • The name of the proposed supervisor (this should be agreed with the relevant staff member prior to submission)
    • A transcript of degree undergraduate and postgraduate marks to date and certificate, if completed, in pdf format
    • The names and email addresses of two academic referees. References must also be received by 5pm (UK time) on 21st January 2018. Please leave a suitable amount of time for your referees to respond to the reference request which is sent automatically upon submission of the PhD application in KentVision. If an alternative submission method is needed, referees can send their letter of recommendation directly to via their professional email account.
    • A current CV in pdf format
  • Submission of a completed Application form for PhD Scholarships in pdf format. This document requires input from your supervisor statement so please leave sufficient time for this before the deadline. For guidance on how to complete this form, please see the School's PhD selection criteria document. This form can either be uploaded to the KentVision PhD application or sent directly to

Please note that the PhD application form in KentVision includes fields and word count guidelines that are not specific to consideration for this competition so please ensure that you follow the procedures listed above. In fields such as 'Reasons for study' and 'Research proposal' you are welcome to write 'See Application form for PhD Scholarships' etc..

The shortlisting process will start from 23rd January and interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 29th January. Unfortunately we are unable to cover travel costs but will arrange telephone/Skype interviews where appropriate. Shortlisted candidates will be required to present their proposal using visual aids (i.e. Powerpoint presentation slides) at interview.



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Last Updated: 13/09/2018