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Cardiff School of Psychology - Open ESRC DTC PhD Studentships (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R1146
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 3-4 years
Funding Amount: UK/EU tuition fees plus stipend and research funds
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Key Studentship Information

Having won a coveted place in the national network of training centres accredited by the ESRC, the Wales Doctoral Training Centre (Wales-DTC) is awarding two ESRC-funded postgraduate research studentships to support doctoral research and training in the social sciences at the Cardiff University School of Psychology.

The School of Psychology has an international reputation for its research in the areas of:

Awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years, completing the MSc in Social Science Research Methods in the 1st year, followed by 3 years funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the PhD only, and assumes that the applicant will already have had research training from an ESRC Research Training recognised MSc degree (please see ESRC guidance on this).

You will need to provide your own research proposal.

Start Date: October 2014


This studentship is generously funded by the ESRC, and will cover UK/EU tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant and an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). In 2013-14 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £13,726 and the RTSG was £750. The award levels for 2014-15 have yet to be published by the ESRC.


Residency: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.

ESRC studentships are available from the Wales DTC for UK and EU students who meet residency requirements set out by the ESRC. Please consult the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide for full details on residential eligibility requirements.

Academic: ESRC studentship funding is highly competitive. In view of the limited number of awards and the very high standard of applications received, successful applicants are likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent), and/or an appropriate Masters degree (with an average mark of at least 65).

How to Apply

Consideration is automatic on applying for RFPDPSYA – Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) (Oct) via Cardiff University's Online Application System.

Please ensure you include your research proposal in your application form and please indicate in the funding section that you wish to be considered for the ESRC funding and whether you are interested in the 1+3 or +3 studentship.

Application Deadline: 15th March 2014. Decisions will be made by 31st March 2014.

Additional Information

For enquiries, please contact:
Lesley Anne Strabel
Phone: +44 (0)29 2087 5381

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