School of Psychology Research Scholarships September 2020

Psychology at Kent offers a supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning. We conduct both basic and applied research in several areas, and we are highly regarded as a leading European centre for postgraduate research. We have a long-established international reputation in social psychology, and this is complemented by our strengths in cognitive neuropsychology, developmental and forensic psychology. We also have experts in organisational and political psychology. The research interests of our staff can be found on the School of Psychology’s website.

Psychology at Kent is currently inviting applications for a number of research scholarships to commence in September 2020. Some scholarships will take the form of School of Psychology or Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme. We will also be bidding for ESRC-funded studentships as part of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

PhD Programmes

Psychology PhD*
Cognitive Psychology PhD
Forensic Psychology PhD
Social Psychology PhD

*We can offer supervision of projects in the areas of Developmental, Organisational and Political Psychology as part of the Psychology PhD programme.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Students engaged as Graduate Teaching Assistants hold a unique position in the University; they are both registered PhD students in receipt of a scholarship and employees of the University. The GTAs will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary, equivalent to the full UK Research Councils rate of £15,009 (rate for 2019/20). The GTAs will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory academic performance.

SeNSS ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Funding

SeNSS is one of only 14 UK ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and will be offering a number of full-funded ESRC doctoral studentships to start in September 2020. This scheme is also open to 1+3 (MSc+PhD) applicants. To find out more about eligibility, see the SeNSS page.


To be considered for the scholarships, candidates must hold a good Honours degree (First or 2:1), or a Master’s degree (merit or distinction) from recognised institutions, with first-class marks in research dissertations and research methods (if available). Candidates for 1+3 (via ESRC) must show equivalent marks in their undergraduate transcript. All candidates must have at least two supportive academic references, and a background in psychology or a methodologically relevant discipline. Applicants must also provide evidence that they satisfy the University’s minimum English language requirements. For the GTAs, the panel must also be satisfied that the candidate has demonstrated the ability and motivation to teach effectively.

Applicants for both types of funding must be eligible to register no later than 1 October 2020 though, registration by 21 September 2020 is strongly preferred.


The GTA competition is open to applicants from any country. Please note that overseas students must have the appropriate documentation to evidence eligibility to work in the UK. Since the award covers tuition fees at the Home/EU rate, Overseas fee paying students would have to make up the difference in tuition fees themselves; the maintenance grant must not be used for this purpose. The method of determining tuition fee status is complex and follows guidelines issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

Please note that current Kent PhD students are not eligible for GTAs.

To be eligible for a full SeNSS Studentship (stipend and fees), you must have:

  • have settled status in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay.
  • have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship grant. This means you must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences).
  • not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK and EU nationals.

For residential eligibility case studies, please see the FAQs page of the SeNSS website.

If a SeNSS +3 applicant has not completed/is not studying a SeNSS compliant Master’s degree, additional checks will be needed to ensure that the required research methods training outcomes have been met. SeNSS 1+3 candidates should note that all of our taught Master’s degrees are compliant.

How to Apply

All completed applications must be received by 23:59 (UK time) on Sunday 19 January 2020.

Completed applications must comprise all of the following:

Please note that the PhD application form in KentVision includes fields and word count guidelines that are not specific to consideration for this competition so please ensure that you follow the procedures listed above. In fields such as ‘Reasons for study’ and ‘Research proposal’ you are welcome to write ‘See Application form for PhD Scholarships’ etc.

The shortlisting process will start from Tuesday 21 January and interviews will be held in the week beginning Monday 27 January. Unfortunately we are unable to cover travel costs but will arrange telephone/Skype interviews where appropriate. Shortlisted candidates will be required to present their proposal using visual aids (ie Powerpoint presentation slides) at interview.