PhD Funding Opportunities

Update June 2018 - new studentship opportunity

The Development of Relief

Qualification Type: PhD

Location: Belfast

Funding amount: Home/EU fees plus annual maintenance stipend (£14,777 p.a.) for three years

Hours: Full-time

A three-year fully funded PhD studentship is available from 1 October 2018 at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.

The Project

Children’s ability to experience the emotion of relief is poorly understood. This PhD project will aim to determine: (1) when the ability to experience relief develops during childhood; (2) how the development of the ability to experience relief relates to developments in children’s abilities to think about time; and (3) whether the emerging ability to experience relief plays a role in children’s decision making.

The project will be based in the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast and be supervised by Professor Teresa McCormack and Dr Aidan Feeney.  The successful candidate will be part of a larger interdisciplinary project on relief, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, involving Queen’s University Belfast and the Universities of Warwick and Birmingham.

The Student

The studentship is open to all applicants although applicants from outside the EU/UK will be required to cover the annual difference between Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates.

Candidates should have an excellent academic track record. Experience of developmental research and an interest in cognitive or emotional development are desirable. The student will be expected to design and carry out experimental studies in schools and in the laboratory and to analyse data using appropriate statistical methods. Publication of research findings will be encouraged and supported.

Candidate requirements:  Minimum UK Upper Second Class Honours (or international equivalent) in Psychology. Evidence of an IELTS score (taken within the last 2 years) of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, is required.

Funding:  The studentship is funded by the Leverhulme Trust for three years and the successful candidate will receive fees (at the Home/EU rate) plus an annual maintenance stipend of £14,777. Overseas applicants will be required to cover the annual difference between Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates.

Contacts:  If you intend to apply for the studentship, please contact Dr Aidan Feeney ( before making your application.

How to apply: Details of how to apply are to be found here.

Closing date: 5pm on 13th July 2018

Funded PhD Opportunities in the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast 2018-19

The School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast invites applications for the following fully funded PhD opportunities:

  • Action Intelligence: A new framework for understanding action based decision-making and designing intelligent mobile systems (in collaboration with School of Mathematics and Physics)
  • Auditory stimulation and animal welfare
  • Healthy ageing and walking in the real world: Assessing walkability of city streets from a human perspective (in collaboration with School of Natural and Built Environment)
  • Understanding and reducing gender inequalities in academic settings

The last of these opportunities is related to the School’s prestigious Athena Swan Gold award.

These awards are funded by the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy (DfE), formerly the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL).

The studentship may cover maintenance and fees for a maximum of three years. UK residents: fees plus maintenance. Other EU residents: fees only.  

For further details re eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) please click on the DEL Research Eligibility Guidance Notes.

The School is also offering a number of currently unfunded opportunities for which funding may become available.

The deadline for applications for all of these opportunities is Thursday 1st February 2018 with interviews likely to take place in the week beginning 28th February 2018, see How to Apply.

In addition, the School is part of the NINE Doctoral Training Partnership and welcomes expressions of interest from prospective students who wish to apply for PhD funding via this route.

Applicants for any of these opportunities must have at least a 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or a related subject.

For a full description of all of the opportunities in the School, please visit our PhD Projects 2018-19 page.

Scholarships for international students

Please note that all new incoming international students enrolling on a full time course at Queens are eligible for a scholarship of £2500 or £3000 against year one fees depending on fee status (exclusions may apply, see here for more details). 

In addition, the University offers a limited number of full fees and maintenance awards to students from China, see Queen’s University/China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarships 2018 for more information.