Department of Psychology

Scholarships and funding

Supporting your study

We offer many funding opportunities to support both undergraduate and postgraduate students, including a broad range of University of Essex scholarships.

Scholarships

Search our scholarship finder to see the funding we have for you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries to support talented students ensure we remain accessible to all with the potential to succeed, regardless of financial circumstances.

Masters scholarships

Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarships

 

Our Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship supports overseas students from specified countries who are funding their own studies at the University of Essex. We are offering a scholarship worth up to £4,000 if your grades in your first degree are equivalent to a UK first class degree.
 
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University of Essex Doctoral Scholarships

Our University of Essex Doctoral Scholarships support talented PhD students pushing boundaries in their field of study.

There are 24 awards in total to be granted across our Science and Health, Social Sciences and Humanities faculties for 2018-19. If you have an excellent academic background and the potential for future achievement then you could be eligible.

Current Faculty studentships

Learning to move: exploring neural signatures of motor learning for brain-computer interfacing

The Schools of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering and Psychology in the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Essex are pleased to announce a PhD studentship available in ‘Learning to move: exploring neural signatures of motor learning for brain-computer interfacing’.

Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) have the potential to help movement rehabilitation. However, one problem with this technology stems from our incomplete understanding of how our brains change as we learn to move. This means current BCI protocols are based on static neural markers of movement production, which are, in reality, constantly changing.

This studentship will begin by investigating the neural basis of motor learning. We will then apply this knowledge to create more effective BCI protocols for movement rehabilitation.

Supervisors: Dr Ian Daly and Dr Gethin Hughes

Application deadline: 20 July 2018

Being in the other's shoes - Social cognition in babies and robots

The Schools of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering and Psychology in the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Essex is pleased to announce an interdisciplinary PhD studentship available focusing on the theme ‘Being in the other’s shoes – Social cognition in babies and robots’.

 In a highly interdisciplinary environment, the PhD student will investigate the role of embodiment in social cognitive development by formulating computational theories, testing them through experimental studies with infants, and closing the loop by re-enacting the experiments with state of the art robots available in the Essex robotics lab.

The applicant will also have the opportunity to perform empirical studies and computational modelling on social intelligence to examine disorders of social cognition (lack of engagement, inability to adopt others perspective) and validate the architecture in end user environments (for example robotic companions in homes, hospitals etc.). The University’s centre for Brain Science accounts for one of the most comprehensive and equipped laboratories for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the UK, which has been featured in the media.

Supervisors: Dr Vishuu Mohan, Dr Dimitri Ognibene, Dr Maria Filippetti, Dr Silvia Rigato

Application deadline: 20 July 2018

Learning to move: exploring neural signatures of motor learning for brain-computer interfacing

The Schools of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering and Psychology in the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Essex are pleased to announce a PhD studentship available in ‘Learning to move: exploring neural signatures of motor learning for brain-computer interfacing’.

Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) have the potential to help movement rehabilitation. However, one problem with this technology stems from our incomplete understanding of how our brains change as we learn to move. This means current BCI protocols are based on static neural markers of movement production, which are, in reality, constantly changing.

This studentship will begin by investigating the neural basis of motor learning. We will then apply this knowledge to create more effective BCI protocols for movement rehabilitation.

Supervisors: Dr Ian Daly and Dr Gethin Hughes

Application deadline: 20 July 2018

Machine Learning Methods for Cognitive Neuroscience

The Schools of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering and Psychology in the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Essex are pleased to announce a PhD studentship available for the multidisciplinary project “Online interpretable real-time EEG analytics for the rapid interpretation of brain processes, clinical diagnosis and disease management”.

This project will involve the development of computational intelligence methods and data visualisation for Cognitive Neuroscience studies involving electroencephalography (EEG). The student will design and develop machine learning models that objectively deal with uncertainty, partial truth and ambivalence inherent in brain responses that reflect recognition of specific sensory stimuli or current observer state, while putting emphasis on expressiveness and interpretability of the learned models. This novel computational framework will be intelligible by psychologists, health practitioners and mental health professionals, and will help make neuroscientific data accessible to untrained observers (e.g., students, media, general public).

The applicant will also get the opportunity to perform experimental research in cognitive neuroscience specifically in multisensory processes involving somatosensation (embodiment). The University’s centre for Brain Science houses state-of-the-art equipment to measure physiological responses.

Supervisors: Dr Javier Andreu, Dr Helge Gillmeister, Dr Hani Hagras

Application deadline: 20 July 2018

PhD studentships

ESRC Doctoral Studentships

 

We are an accredited ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and offer doctoral training pathways in Psychology. ESRC doctoral studentships in Psychology are no longer available for new applicants, but information for current students can be found below:
 

 

University of Essex Psychology Doctoral Scholarships

 

Our University of Essex Doctoral Scholarships support talented PhD students to study at the University. These awards are available to students who can demonstrate an excellent academic background and the potential for future achievement, as well as financial need.
 
 

 

South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) studentships

The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) will be replacing the Essex ESRC DTC for the 2017 intake and beyond. SeNSS is one of 14 new Doctoral Training Partnerships funded by the ESRC, beginning in 2017-18. SeNSS will be awarding at least 35 studentships across the partner institutions in 2017.

The closing date for applications for the October 2018 entry has now passed.

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