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Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Studentship

The scholarship covers tuition fees at the 2019-20 postgraduate standard home/EU rate in addition to an annual maintenance stipend based on the current ESRC studentship maintenance (in 2018-19 this represented £14,777).

The Tizard Centre is pleased to be offering a PhD studentship,  under the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) model (see below for details).

The studentship is specifically related to the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). This would be suited to a student who is enthusiastic about behaviour analytic research and is an opportunity to work collaboratively with the ABA and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) programme team at the Tizard Centre. Under the Graduate Teaching Assistant model, the successful applicant would be expected to contribute to our PG programmes in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Positive Behaviour Support. This might include teaching and marking on topics such as: ethical and professional practice in behaviour analysis; concepts and principles of behaviour analysis; behavioural observation, assessment and intervention approaches; and research methods, with a particular focus on single-case experimental design. It might also include individual or group supervision of practical coursework. The specific responsibilities allocated would be matched to the student's expertise, research interests and circumstances where possible and full support will be given. Applicants will need to provide evidence that they are board certified (BCBA) or meet the BACB's eligibility requirements to act as an instructor on our verified course sequences (eg. have completed a relevant MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis or Positive Behaviour Support).

This studentship offers an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to develop broader subject-specific academic experience alongside their research experience, which would be excellent preparation for a career in academia. PhD degrees which apply:

• Applied Psychology
• Community Care
• Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Candidates will have obtained a 1st or good 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject and an MA or MSc at Merit or Distinction.

Scholarships are offered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant model, ie. a stipend and a payment for teaching.

Scholarships are only available to new PhD students starting in September 2019.
International students must be eligible to work in the UK. See Guidance on Checking Eligibility to work in the UK.  If successful, international applicants will have to cover the difference in fees.

How to apply

To be considered for the scholarship, apply for a place to study one of the following:
  • Applied Psychology
  • Community Care
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
If you would like to have an informal discussion about possible research topics within the ABA field and/or the required teaching contribution, please contact Dr Ciara Padden at C.M.Padden@kent.ac.uk  or call 01227 (82)4640.


Your application must be submitted by the deadline of 23.59 on Friday 5 July 2019.  Interviews dates will be confirmed.

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