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One or more MRC Doctoral Training Grant Studentships at the Department of Psychology - Closing date: 13th Feb 2013

Expressions of interest are invited for one or more MRC Doctoral Training Grant Studentships (3 years each) at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge (Head of Department:  Professor T W Robbins CBE FRS FMedSci). MRC studentships cover university and college fees, an annual stipend at current MRC rates (£13,590 for UK citizens), a contribution towards research expenses and some incidental costs. The start date for these studentships is 1st October 2013.

The Department's key areas of research excellence relate to the interests of the MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Board and include many aspects of behavioural and cognitive neuroscience such as learning and memory, hearing and vision, comparative cognition, speech and language, perception, attention and translational research related to neuropsychiatric disorders such as addiction, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders.

Profiles and contact details for members of the Department pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students can be found here and on the Cambridge Neuroscience website.


  • Applicants should have, or expect to achieve an upper-second or first-class degree in a relevant subject.
  • Applicants must be UK nationals ordinarily resident in the UK.
  • EU nationals are eligible for ‘fees-only’ awards.  No stipend is payable.
  • An EU national with a relevant connection to the UK may be eligible to receive a stipend.  A relevant connection can be established if an individual has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the three years preceding the date of application. 
  • Non-EU or overseas citizens are not eligible and such students should not apply
  • For further information about eligibility please consult the MRC website.

How to apply:

  • Applicants must identify a potential supervisor and make email contact prior to submitting an application. NB Speculative applications without a named supervisor will not be considered.
  • Applicants must notify the Graduate Administrator, Ms J Hugh, with the name of the potential supervisor.
  • If applicants are encouraged by the potential supervisor to make an application, they must lodge an online application together with all supporting documentation by 13 February. Applications received by 13 February without all supporting documentation will not be considered further. 
  • The application procedure is described on the Department of Psychology’s website here.

Closing Date:  noon of 12 February  2013. 

Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted regarding the outcome of this competition. 

Posted on 07/01/2013

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