The School of Psychology is currently inviting applications for a Research Scholarship in Developmental Psychology to commence in October 2015. The recipient of a scholarship will be registered as a PhD student and as an employee of the University. In this case, the holder of the advertised Research Scholarship in Developmental Psychology will be registered as a PhD student and will assist in the management of the Kent Child Development Unit.
The Scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary, equivalent to the maintenance grant offered by the ESRC. The Scholarship will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable to a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory academic performance.
Candidates must hold an Honours BSc or MSc in Psychology, or expect to finish coursework for such a degree, by September 2015. A standard of a first or 2(i) for undergraduate degrees, or merit/distinction for postgraduate degrees, is expected; this will be assessed on the basis of existing work for degrees not yet completed. Non-British qualifications will be judged individually; we will generally require an overall result in the top two grading categories.
The Scholarship competition is open to all postgraduate research applicants. UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply. Overseas students would have to make up the difference between the Home and Overseas tuition fees.
Please note that current Kent PhD students are not eligible to apply.
Possible PhD Projects
Listed below are possible PhD projects/project topics that our developmental psychologists within the School of Psychology would be particularly interested to supervise. In particular, we welcome applications to conduct a project in the areas of pragmatic language (project 1, supervised by Dr Abbot-Smith), early social interaction (project 5, supervised by Dr Kelly), and understanding of knowledge (project 6, supervised by Dr Nurmsoo). However, please note that the list of possible projects below is not exhaustive and is intended to illustrate the kinds of project that members of staff are keen to supervise. There will be flexibility in the choice of project topic, and the recipient of the Scholarship will have the opportunity to develop a project with their supervisor. However, as part of the selection process, candidates will be asked to discuss their preference for one of the projects listed.
How to Apply
All completed applications must be received by 5pm UK time on Monday 27th April 2015. Completed applications will comprise the following:
• Submission of an online application for a PhD place in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent including:
o The name of the preferred supervisor
o A transcript of degree marks to date and certificate, if completed
o The names and email addresses of two academic referees. References should also be received by 27th April 2015
o Upload a CV and covering letter. The covering letter should state why you should be awarded a Research Scholarship in Developmental Psychology 2015, briefly describing relevant research and laboratory management experience. The cover letter should also state your preference for one of the projects listed above and make clear your reasons for this preference.
• Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line 'Research Scholarship in Developmental Psychology 2015' that confirms your interest in applying for the funding award
Please note that interviews are likely to be held on Monday 11th May 2015. We are unable to cover travel costs for shortlisted candidates, but we will arrange telephone/Skype interviews where appropriate.