How to Apply

We are now inviting applications for two fully funded (EU/UK) PhD scholarships for entry in October 2020.

Application deadline: February 3rd, 2020

The Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Interdisciplinary Research on Infant Development has provided 15 PhD studentships starting between 2015 and 2017. The Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University is offering 7 more studentships linked to this Programme during the three years thereafter. 

We are now inviting applications for two fully funded Faculty of Science and Technology PhD studentships in infancy and early developmental research for entry in October 2020.  These Faculty-funded studentships provide funding for 3.5 years and will cover UK/EU fees, together with a living stipend (approximately £15,000 per year) and access to a grant for research training supportApplicants should have an excellent undergraduate and  Masters degree in Psychology or a related discipline.

The Programme is based in the Psychology Department of Lancaster University which houses one of the largest infancy research groups in Europe, with researchers studying the cognitive, social and language development in populations ranging from foetuses to pre-school children employing a wide range of methods (e.g., eye tracking, EEG, computational modelling, NIRS). 


Informal inquiries can be made by contacting Gert Westermann ( or by contacting potential supervisors directly. For potential supervisors in this Programme see here.  

How to Apply

Applicants should have an excellent undergraduate and Masters degree in Psychology or a related discipline. Before sending your application you must contact an individual staff member to discuss your specific interests and to develop a 1500-word research proposal as part of your application (see for staff research interests). Your application must identify your planned supervisor and (potentially) co-supervisor.

You should apply through the University system here: You should choose Psychology PhD October 2020 as your programme and clearly state that you are applying for the infancy-related studentship. 

The application deadline is 3rd February, 2020

After the deadline, applications will be reviewed. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview (in person or on skype) before an award decision is made.

PhD students will become part of the vibrant environment of the Infant and Early Development research group at Lancaster with excellent research facilities and a first class supervision record. You will have excellent opportunities to receive training in a range of psychological and neurophysiological techniques, participate in research and public engagement meetings, and meet with leading international scientists during an annual conference organized at Lancaster University (LCICD)

Lancaster University consistently ranks in the top 10 universities in the UK and is one of the best universities world-wide. It is the leading University in England’s North West and is situated on a beautiful campus south of the city. Lancaster is a vibrant and historic town with a castle dating from the 12th century, an established art and music scene and a thriving student population. It is surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty with the Lake District one its doorstep, and it has excellent transport connections (2.5 hours by train to London, Edinburgh, Glasgow; 1 hour to Manchester).

For further information concerning the studentships, please contact Prof. Gert Westermann (, and about postgraduate study more generally, please contact the Department of Psychology postgraduate office ( Further information about PhD study at Lancaster can be found here