How to apply

To be considered for the Tizard PhD Scholarship, or the Tizard/CHSS joint PhD Scholarship you must do both of the following by the scholarship deadline:

1. Apply for a place to study one of the following programmes and provide all supporting documents by the scholarship deadline:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Community Care
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Mental Health of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 

2. Submit a covering letter to by the Scholarship deadline

The Tizard Centre welcomes applications that are focussed just on intellectual disabilities, just on autism or on both. 

It is important that, as well as your online application, you will need to send a covering letter. The aim of the PhD studentships is to enable the successful candidates to have research impact in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. This could be kickstarting a new research career or accelerating a research career for an established practitioner.

The cover letter should therefore indicate how being awarded the PhD studentship fits into your medium/long term career aspirations. If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to speak about this at interview stage. Please send it to FAO Louise Bullen.

If you are interested in the joint CHSS/Tizard studentship, please contact Dr Melanie Rees-Roberts at for an informal discussion.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about possible research topics within the intellectual and developmental disabilities field and/or the required teaching contribution, please contact: Professor Michelle McCarthy at

Interviews will be held on Friday 10th February 2023.