PhD Scholarships in Psychology at University of Exeter

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The School of Psychology is seeking to appoint 5 Exeter Graduate Fellowships (EGFs) to support PhD study starting in October 2010. The stipend will be approximately £13,000 p.a plus full payment of tuition fees at Home/EU rates (for non-EU citizens, there is an additional tuition charge of £8,500 pa). These positions are available to applicants intending to register for an MPhil/PhD in October 2010. Four will support teaching-related activities and one will support research-related activities in the School. We will also use this opportunity to select a suitable candidate for entry into the ESRC Open Competition for 2010.

The School of Psychology is an exciting and vibrant place to study, consistently rated in the top 10 Psychology departments in the UK, with particular research strengths in animal behaviour (e.g., social behaviour, communication and signaling, cognition and sensory ecology), clinical psychology (e.g., experimental and translational research into mood disorders, increasing access to psychological interventions), cognitive psychology (including neuroscience, cognitive and clinical and neuropsychology, in areas such as task-switching, associative learning, memory and executive function) and social psychology (e.g., social identity and group processes, social cognition, organizational, environmental and health behaviour). The successful applicants will be expected to undertake either 180 hours of undergraduate teaching-related duties per year (including leading small group tutorials, demonstrating, running the statistical helpdesk and marking) or alternatively, 180 hours of research-related duties per year (including preparation of research materials, data collection, data entry and analysis). We will consider applicants for both types of EGF position (teaching- and research-related), unless you indicate otherwise by stating a preference in your cover letter. The award will be made for 3 years initially, subject to satisfactory performance, but will be renewable thereafter for a further 12 months, thus providing ‘guaranteed’ financial support in the final year in which the PhD will have to be completed.

We strongly recommend that applicants identify a potential supervisor sufficiently early in the process to enable discussion of potential research projects and time to liaise over development of a research proposal before submitting an application. (See the School’s Research page and potential supervisors’ home pages for further information).

To apply for these positions please send a CV, a covering letter confirming the potential supervisor and a 2,000 word research proposal, identifying the general question(s) the research will address, how this extends upon previous work in that field and studies you plan to conduct. If you have a preference for the position you wish to be considered for (ie research, teaching or just ESRC) please state this clearly in your covering letter. We will consider applications for all positions for which they are eligible unless stated otherwise.

Please send your application to:

Fiona Neligan, Postgraduate Secretary, School of Psychology, University of Exeter, Washington Singer Laboratories, Exeter, EX4 4GQ, United Kingdom, or email to (please put ‘EGF Application’ in the subject field)

We recommend you contact a potential supervisor no later 6 January 2010. Applications must be received by 15 January 2010.

Presentations and Interviews will be held for successful applicants on 11 February 2010 in the School of Psychology.


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