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ESRC (+3) and (1+3) PhD Studentships in the School of Psychology

Reference Number: R978
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 3/4 years
Funding Amount: Fees and Stipend
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Economics and Social Research Council at Cardiff University

Key Studentship Information

Project Title: ESRC (+3) and (1+3) Studentships in the School of Psychology

Project Description: The Cardiff School of Psychology, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Wales Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) invites applications to two fully-funded PhDs studentship to start in October 2013.

We have two studentships available – one for a 4 year studentship (1 year Masters in Social Science Research Methods followed by a 3 year PhD on a research topic of your choice) and one for a 3 year studentship (if you already have a Masters degree).

Description of Research Opportunity:

There are no specific projects linked to this funding so you need to have your own research proposal. The ESRC particularly welcomes applicants in the areas of social, developmental, health and cognitive psychology. The funding would not be suitable for someone applying to do neuroscience research, unless it was in the area of social and affective neuroscience.

Supervisors: For a list of the School’s academic staff and their research interests please see our website.


These studentships are generously funded by the ESRC. Each studentship consists of UK/EU fees, and Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£13,590 p.a. for 2012/13, updated each year). As well as tuition fees and a maintenance grant, all ESRC funded students are eligible for a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) for three years. In 2012, the RTSG was £750.

Number of available awards: 2 - one (+3) studentship and one (1+3) studentship


Academic Criteria: 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 an appropriate Masters degree (with an average mark of at least 65) if applying for the (+3) award.

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.

EU Nationals who do not meet this residency requirement will typically be 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 programme of study. Prospective students should refer to the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide for full details on residential eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

No separate application is necessary – consideration is automatic on applying for a PhD in Psychology, with an October 2013 start date (programme code RFPDPSYA).
Please use our Online Application Service and specify in the funding section that you wish to be considered for ESRC funding.

Please note: Applicants will need to include their own research proposals so please ensure that you fully complete this part of the application form.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is 15th March 2013, with decisions being made by 31st March 2013.

We continue to accept other general applications on a rolling basis, especially from those able to self-fund, but for anyone looking for funding you are advised to apply before 15th March.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Kate North-Lewis on +44 (0)29 2087 5381, or email

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