The mission of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Interdisciplinary Research on Infant Development is to train a new generation of scientists on multidisciplinary approaches to infant and toddler cognitive and social development, employing behavioural, neuroscientific, psychophysical and computational modelling techniques. The Programme offers five PhD studentships per year over the three years from 2015-2017. Following this, Lancaster University is funding a total of seven further studentships in the three years thereafter.
The Doctoral Scholarship Programme is based in the Department of Psychology at Lancaster University which houses one of the largest infancy research groups in Europe, with excellent lab facilities including multiple eye trackers, EEG systems, a NIRS system, equipment for psychophysiological measures, observation rooms, and a host of powerful computers for computational modelling.
Students will have a first supervisor from the Psychology Department. Second supervisors can either come from Psychology or from another Department. There is a strong focus on interdisciplinary research, and students are expected to employ multiple methodologies in their project.
We welcome applications from well-qualified, able and enthusiastic students. Please see the page on how to apply for further details.
Studying for a PhD is a highly rewarding and challenging process. In the three years of the programme you will work to become a leading expert in your research area with regular contact and close individual supervision with your supervisory team. You will join a very active and lively team and you will play part in pushing forward at the very edge of the discipline using a range of cutting-edge methodologies. Active seminar programmes, state of the art facilities and annual conferences will provide many ideas and technologies to stimulate your development as a research scientist. Research skills courses and modules from our MSc courses help support you in learning to improve your scientific methods, written and verbal communication skills, to help you realise the maximum potential from your work. Annual progress review panels will help to keep your research on track.
At Lancaster, one of the top 10 universities in the United Kingdom, we are immensely proud of our strong postgraduate research community and of the internationally significant reputation they have helped us achieve. You will be encouraged to participate fully, targeting and presenting your work at major international conferences and workshops. You will be able to collaborate nationally and internationally through our many partner research labs.
You can browse our staff page to identify possible research areas for your studies.