Funding your PhD

ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) bursary

Fund your Social Sciences or Psychology PhD through the ESRC SCDT

Applications are now open for the 2019 entry round of PhD bursaries, funded by the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP).  

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’re 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).

How to apply

The first thing you’ll need is a University supervisor to support your SCDTP application -- so you’ll need to contact prospective supervisors before you submit an application. You’ll find their name(s) and contact details within the individual project details below.

There are currently 6 specific projects available across the subjects of Psychology and Area Studies, and details of each project and supervisory leads are listed below.

Alternatively, if you’ve got your own research idea, you’re also welcome to submit your own research project proposal. Please check the areas of expertise listed in the 'Open Call' section below and then contact the relevant departmental lead to discuss your idea further.

Please note: you’ll need to submit an online application to the University of Portsmouth plus an application for funding to the SCDTP. For more details, visit the SCDTP website.

Explore the PhD projects

The projects listed below don’t require a project proposal; instead, you’ll need to submit a 500 word personal statement which includes the following: 

  • Details of how your skills and interests match the project

  • Your background and previous experience

  • Your research interests

Submit your own PhD proposal

If you’ve got your own idea for a research project, you can submit your proposal through our Open Call.


First, you'll need to check that your idea fits within our areas of expertise in Psychology and Area Studies  check the box below for more details, and to make contact with our supervisors and research coordinators.

Open Call

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

To discuss your own research project proposal and find out more about postgraduate programmes in Psychology, contact the lead of the research centres listed below or the Departmental Research Degrees Coordinator, Dr Alessandra Fasulo.

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, and 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 of the relevant supervisor below.


All candidates must be a UK resident and hold a good honours degree (2:1 and above) from a recognised UK higher education institution.

Application deadline

The application deadline for both open call and specific projects is Thursday 24 January 2019.