Psychology: Fully Funded Swansea and Grenoble Joint PhD Scholarship

  • PHD
  • Full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend
  • 22 June 2022

Psychology: Fully Funded Swansea and Grenoble Joint PhD Scholarship: Exploring metacognitive awareness of autobiographical memory in depression and healthy aging

Funding providers: Swansea University and Université Grenoble Alpes

Subject areas: Psychology, Gerontology, Data Science

Project start date:

  • 1 October 2022 (Enrolment open from mid-September)

Project supervisors:

  • Dr Claire Barnes - Swansea University
  • Professor Andrea Tales - Swansea University
  • Dr Celine Souchay - Universite Grenoble Alpes, DCM

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Psychology

Mode of study: Full-time

Project description:

This project requires a student to explore the relationship between autobiographical memory and metacognition, in an exciting collaborative link between Grenoble and the Awen Institute in Swansea. The selected candidates will be interviewed over Zoom by all members of the supervisory team.

The successful candidate will:

  • Prepare ethics documents and pre-registration documents based on discussions of the protocol with the supervisors.
  • Pilot, programme and prepare the experimental phase of the work given the protocol described here.
  • Attend weekly progress and problem-solving meetings with the supervisors and their teams.
  • Under supervision, they will analyse data including the writing and publishing of analysis scripts and/or plans.
  • Prepare first drafts of scientific articles for publication. The student will be first author on all articles resulting from this scientific work.
  • Publicise and advertise the online dating events study and use social media to increase public engagement.

Supervision will be shared between all three project researchers (Souchay, Tales & Barnes), with Souchay as the lead supervisor. Benjamin Fredembach (CHU de Grenoble) will act as the clinical collaborator, ensuring wellbeing of participants and clinically rigorous methods. The student will be registered in a cotutelle between Swansea and the Ecole doctorale EDISCE, and will spend 50% of their time in Swansea, with UGA as their home institution.

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As this is a joint degree, applicants must meet entry/funder requirements of both universities: a recognised master’s degree in psychology or a related subject and appropriate English language qualification.

Experience/other skills & qualities required:

  • Experience in on-line and in-person psychological testing.
  • A solid grounding in experimental psychology, including memory and metacognition paradigms.
  • Strong communication skills in French and in English. (Applicants must also be fluent in French and please note this will be assessed during the shortlisting stage.)

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with no individual component below 6.5) or Swansea recognised equivalent.

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.

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This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend of £16,062, reviewed annually in line with UKRI rates. (For the time spent at Universite Grenoble Alpes, equivalent funding defined by the institution will be provided.)

Additional research expenses will also be available.


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