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.


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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PhD studentships

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.


Transferring social skills from humans to robots

A PhD studentship is available in the Psychology faculty to study on an exciting new interdisciplinary project investigating social attention in humans and robots.

This project is a unique collaboration between experts in human and artificial system interactions which aims to answer a specific question: how do agents (people and robots) use their eyes to communicate during an interaction? Answering this question will help us test theories about cognition and development in humans and build better, “social” robots.

The student will be based in Psychology, working in a large and successful department (ranked 13th in the UK for research quality in REF 2014). Our Centre for Brain Science features excellent facilities for use in this project. They will also join our interdisciplinary team, working together with other students and academics from Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, which is a centre of excellence for robotics and brain-computer interaction.

Additional questions and queries should be addressed to Dr Tom Foulsham and Dr Dimitri Ognibene

Deadline: 12th March 2018

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:


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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