How to apply

To be considered for the scholarship, apply online for a place to study one of the following:


Please note that one of the documents you upload to your Kent Applicant Portal should be a covering letter. This must be added to your application by the Studentship deadline. The aim of the Tizard PhD studentship is to enable the successful candidate 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.

Therefore, as part of the application process, we ask that you upload as part of the admissions process a covering letter indicating how being awarded the Tizard 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.

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