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We offer a wide variety of studentships and other research opportunities throughout the year. As a research student, you'll work with at least one academic supervisor and be given research training to help you gain skills in research methodology. Please check the information on each studentship carefully before applying.

Faculty of Science and Health studentships

Throughout the year departments in the Faculty of Science and Health may advertise studentships and available projects. More information on supervision and applicant criteria can be found on the individual studentship pages.

Please read the adverts carefully as different projects may have different types of funding available.

PhD: Disrupting the cycle of gendered violence and poor mental health among migrants in precarious situations (GEMMS)

We are recruiting 3 PhD candidates for this studentship, which will focus on the poorly understood link between gendered violence and poor mental and psychosocial health and how these are experienced by migrant and mobile groups.

The successful applicants will be registered and start at the University of Essex, with extensive periods of field work in years 2 and 3.

We are particularly looking for candidates with an undergraduate and Masters degree, familiarity with quantitative or qualitative methods and data analysis experience, and knowledge of local languages that may be spoken in India, Myanmar, South Africa, or Zimbabwe.

Title: Disrupting the cycle of gendered violence and poor mental health among migrants in precarious situations (GEMMS)

Based in: School of Health and Social Care

Deadline: 7th November 2022


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PhD: On the purpose of cognitive reflection

This PhD studentship, funded as part of a Leverhulme Trust grant, aims to understand how people use reflection when solving word problems.

We are looking for candidates with at least an undergraduate degree in psychology, as well as experience in experimental research and quantitative analysis.

Title: On the purpose of cognitive reflection

Based in: Department of Psychology

Deadline: 5th December 2022


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MSD: Assessing the environmental benefits and educational value of tree-planting projects in schools

In this one-year Master of Science by Dissertation (MSD) project, you will work as part of a team to address the overarching question “what do trees and their associated biota do for us?”

You will co-design field experiments with supervisors, teachers and school children, and carry out laboratory techniques and analyse data. You will also support teachers and school children to perform experiments and analyses.

Title: Assessing the environmental benefits and educational value of tree-planting projects in schools

Based in: School of Life Sciences

Deadline: 6th January 2023


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PhD: Ecological impacts of Nature-Based-Solutions for flood-risk management from catchment to coast

This fully funded PhD studentship will evaluate the impact of natural flood risk management (NFM), and related nature-based solutions, on catchment ecosystem functions including co-benefits for ecosystem services (biodiversity, carbon sequestration, flood defence).

We are looking for candidates with at least a 1st class or upper second class BSc degree in a relevant science subject (or expected to achieve this, for applicants who are in their final undergraduate year), who carry out active fieldwork in remote locations.

Title: Ecological impacts of Nature-Based-Solutions for flood-risk management from catchment to coast

Based in: School of Life Sciences

Deadline: 27th January 2023


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Faculty of Arts and Humanities studentships

Throughout the year departments in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities may advertise studentships and available projects. More information on supervision and applicant criteria can be found on the individual studentship pages, which will be advertised here when available.

 

Faculty of Social Sciences studentships

Departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences may advertise studentships and available projects throughout the academic year. You can find more information on supervision and applicant criteria on individual studentship listed below.

Please read the descriptions carefully as each studentship will have different criteria and types of funding available.

Free clinics and a psychoanalysis for the people

fully-funded three-year doctoral studentship starting in January 2023, working on the project: Free clinics and a psychoanalysis for the people: Progressive histories, collective practices, implications for our times (FREEPSY), to be supervised by Raluca Soreanu.

FREEPSY is funded by a UKRI Frontier Research Grant held by Raluca Soreanu. It aims to produce a new global figuration of psychoanalysis as a progressive discourse and practice, by tracing the little-known histories of free psychoanalytic clinics. This is an interdisciplinary project spanning from psychosocial studies, to social theory, historical research and arts methods. Under supervision, the successful candidate will devise and undertake a qualitative investigation of free and low-cost clinics and the societal implications of their practices.

Title: Free clinics and a psychoanalysis for the people

Based in: Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

Deadline: 30 October 2022

 

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Microsimulation modelling of labour market dynamics and benefit recipiency in the UK economy

A fully-funded three-year doctoral studentship starting in January 2023, with supervisions from Professor Matteo Richiardi (Director, Centre of Microsimulation and Policy Analysis, University of Essex) and Dr Dave Pankhurst (Department for Work and Pensions).

This PhD position is sponsored by the UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for research on dynamic microsimulation modelling of the UK economy. This is a unique opportunity to carry out research that will:

  • Significantly advance the academic field of dynamic microsimulation
  • This research will be of immediate policy relevance and will contribute to some of the Government’s biggest model development challenges within the Department for Work and Pensions
  • This research aims to improve approaches that underpin multi billion pound forecasts of social security benefits expenditure

If you are selected as the successful candidate, you will regularly engage with both academics and Government officials. You will also have the opportunity to develop a range of analytical, technical and broader skills.

Title: Microsimulation modelling of labour market dynamics and benefit recipiency in the UK economy

Based in: Institute for Social and Economic Research

Deadline: 28 October 2022

 

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Doctoral Training Partnerships

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