PhD scholarship in Developmental Psychology: University of Kent, UK

The School of Psychology at the University of Kent will shortly be inviting applications for a number of research scholarships to commence in September 2020. Some scholarships will take the form of School of Psychology/Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme (GTA). The GTA will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (please note, non-Home/EU students would be required to pay additional fees of approximately £11,000 per annum) plus a combined maintenance grant and salary, equivalent to the maintenance grant offered by the ESRC. The GTA will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable to a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory academic performance. The School of Psychology will release a formal advert for these scholarships at the end of November/start of December. We anticipate that the deadline for applications will be January 19th. In the meantime, we invite interested students to send an informal enquiry to the relevant member of staff listed below. In cases where a project is feasible, we will be able to work with you to develop the application over the next months prior to the deadline.

Possible PhD Projects and further information
The members of the Developmental Psychology Group listed below would like to hear from potential applicants who are interested in studying for a PhD. This list of possible projects is not exhaustive and is intended to illustrate the kinds of project that these members of staff are keen to supervise. There will be flexibility in the choice of project topic, and a recipient of a Scholarship will have the opportunity to develop a project with their supervisor.

Dr. Kirsten Abbot-Smith (email <>)
Projects on verbal social communication (pragmatic language) in either children with Autism Spectrum Conditions or typically-developing children. I am particularly keen on supervising a project on conversation topic management and how one or more of the following factors might influence this: personal topic interest, topic knowledge, cognitive flexibility, social motivation.

Dr. Lindsey Cameron (email <>)
This studentship will involve applied research developing and testing theoretically-based classroom interventions to reduce prejudice and stereotyping in children and adolescents.

Dr. David Kelly (email <>)
We use eye-tracking to explore various aspects of visual and cognitive development in the first year of life. Currently, we have particular interests in studying social interaction and trying to identify potential early markers of developmental disorders such as autism.

Dr. Anna Brown (email <>)
The project will examine whether current practices of selecting children to grammar schools based on 11-plus testing are valid, fair and effective, based on an analysis of longitudinal data from the National Pupil Database, and data sampled locally.

Further information about the Developmental Psychology Group and the Kent Child Development Unit can be found here: