Postgraduate research

SCDTP social sciences funding

Fund your Social Sciences PhD through the ESRC SCDTP

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A further round of ESRC SCDTP funded PhD bursaries is now open for applications for 2018/19 entry.  

The studentships are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for social science research in Psychology and Area Studies only.  Successful candidates will be part of the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP), a collaboration between the universities of Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton.

We are accepting applications for a general call as well as applications aligned with specific projects for  PhD programmes (+3) or Master’s and PhD programmes (1+3) at these three institutions. 

The studentships are available to UK students only and cover tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £14,777 (2018/19 rate).

The studentships are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and available to UK students.

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How the application process works

A University supervisor needs to support any SCDTP application. Therefore, candidates are required to contact them prior to submitting an application.

There are currently six specific projects available across Psychology and Area Studies subjects. Details of each project and supervisory leads are listed below.

You are also welcome to submit your own research project proposal. Please see the expertise and contact information in each research area to discuss this further. 

Applicants must submit an online application to the University of Portsmouth as well as an application for funding to the SCDTP  (full details can be found at the SCDTP website).

Eligibility

To be eligible candidates must be considered as a UK resident and hold a good honours degree (2:1 and above), from a UK higher education institution.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for both open call and specific projects is Monday 25th June 2018 (4pm). 

Psychology projects

Understanding the effects of educational attainment, household and neighbourhood context on the onset and recovery of poor adolescent mental health. Supervisory Team: Darren Van Laar, Liz Twigg, Graham Moon - contact - darren.van.laar@port.ac.uk

Whom are these toys for? Investigating the influence of gender-neutral toys advertisement on children attitudes and play behaviours. Supervisory Team: Erik Gustafsson, Tara Woodyer, Stefanie Sonnenberg - contact - erik.gustafsson@port.ac.uk

Drawings as a method for eliciting information and magnifying cues to deceit. Supervisory Team: Aldert Vrij, Zarah Vernham,Galit Nahari - contact - aldert.vrij@port.ac.uk

The above 3 projects do not require a project proposal, however applicants were asked to submit a 500 word personal statement to include: 

  • Details of how your skills and interests match the project
  • Background and previous experience
  • Research interests

Psychology Open Call 

Psychology research at the University of Portsmouth consists of three research centres and one research group.

These are: 

To discuss your own research project proposal and find out more about postgraduate programmes in Psychology at the University, contact the lead of the research centres listed above or the Departmental Research Degrees Coordinator (Dr Alessandra Fasulo) - alessandra.fasulo@port.ac.uk)

To then apply for an open call opportunity, after speaking with a potential supervisor, please follow this link:

Area Studies projects 

Talking about other people’s terror attacksSupervisory Team: Natalya Vince, Mario Saraceni - contact - natalya.vince@port.ac.uk

Trade, Gender and Development: A Comparative Analysis into the impact of trade policies on Women in Selected Special Economic Zones (SEZ) of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and/or the South Asian Nation for Regional Cooperation (SARC)Supervisory Team: Leila Choukroune, Tamsin Bradley, Pal Ahluwalia - contact - leila.choukroune@port.ac.uk

Translating the cultural dimension of Western representations of drone killings in Syria, Somalia and YemenSupervisory Team: Sophia Wood, Peter Lee, Esther Sonnet - contact - sophia.wood@port.ac.uk

The above 3 projects do not required a project proposal, however applicants were asked to submit a 500 word personal statement to include: 

  • Details of how your skills and interests match the project
  • Background and previous experience
  • Research interests

Area Studies Open Call 

The University’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) brings together world leading research in Area Studies.

There are more than 60 members of CEISR. Their research is organised into eight clusters

To discuss your own research project proposal and find out more about postgraduate programmes in Area Studies at the University, use the contact details above.