Funded PhD opportunities

Thriving in the Olympic and Paralympic Games

  • Application end date: 11 February 2018
  • Funding Availability: Funded PhD project (EU/UK students only)
  • Department: Department of Sport and Exercise Science
  • PhD Supervisor: Dr Daniel J. Brown, Dr Chris Wagstaff, Dr Rachel Arnold (University of Bath)

Project code: SPES3950218

Project description

PhD studentship working in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth and with the English Institute of Sport.

Elite sport performers encounter various stressors as part of their involvement in competitive sport. Their ability to respond effectively to these demands is likely to dictate how well they function in their sporting roles and, ultimately, whether they thrive, merely manage or succumb in sport.Thriving, defined by Brown, Arnold, Fletcher, and Standage (2017) as the joint experience of development and success, is achieved through an individual’s experience of a high-level of well-being and a perceived high-level of performance. Understanding and promoting athlete thriving, therefore, is vital for ensuring the mental and physical health of performers, as well as their performance outcomes. In this project, the successful candidate will work with the supervisory team and in partnership with staff from the English Institute of Sport, to develop and maximise support for thriving in elite sport performers.

Supervisor profiles

Dr Daniel Brown

Dr Chris Wagstaff

Dr Rachel Arnold

Admissions criteria

You’ll need a good first degree (2.1 or above) in Psychology, Sports Science, or a related subject area from an internationally recognised university (depending upon chosen course, minimum second class or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. A Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology is desirable. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

Candidate specific requirements

The successful applicant will have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, will be highly self-motivated, and will have a good understanding of research methods.


Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to Dr Daniel Brown on 02392845152 ( or Dr Chris Wagstaff on 02392845120 (

For administrative and admissions enquiries please contact

How to Apply

You can apply online at You are required to create an account which gives you the flexibility to save the form, log out and return to it at any time convenient to you.

This project requires you to submit your CV, a four page research proposal, two references and copies of any relevant qualifications.

A link to the online application form and comprehensive guidance notes can be found at

When applying, please quote project code: SPES3950218.

Interview date: week commencing 12th March. 2018.

Start date: October 2018

Funding notes

The fully-funded, full-time three-year studentship provides a stipend that is in line with that offered by Research Councils UK of £14,553 per annum.

The above applies for Home/EU students only.

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