Fully Funded PhD Degree Scholarship at the University of Edinburgh



Deadline:  30 March 2020
Open to: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 annual stipend + fees



Childhood adversity in the form of parental loss, imprisonment, mental health problems; or exposure to domestic violence or child abuse is associated with long-term negative health outcomes, especially mental health.

The successful candidate will use advanced quantitative techniques to examine childhood adversity risk profiles, their links with mental health in adulthood, and the effects of government grants, free schooling, school feeding schemes and receipt of child welfare/protection services on mental health outcomes.

This PhD is set within an ongoing study funded by the ERC and with multiple collaborators in South Africa and the UK. The PhD student will have the opportunity to spend a considerable amount of time in the fieldwork site in South Africa as part of the data collection team.

Full details are available on the School of Social and Political Science website.

About the University of Edinburgh and the School of Social & Political Science

This studentship will be based in the Centre of Social Work within the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and will be co-supervised by Dr Franziska Meinck (Social Work) and Dr Aja Murray (Psychology).


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • A good first degree (at least 2:1), preferably with a social science component.
  • Demonstrate an interest in, and knowledge of childhood adversity or mental health.
  • Have a good grounding in quantitative social science methods. Any prior knowledge of longitudinal data analysis would be desirable.
  • Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team.
  • Experience of communicating with people from diverse backgrounds is desirable.

Students must meet ESRC eligibility criteria. ESRC eligibility information can be found here*: https://esrc.ukri.org/skills-and-careers/doctoral-training/prospective-students/

Award details

The scholarship is available as a +3 (PhD only) or a 1+3 (MSc and PhD) programme depending on prior research training. This will be assessed as part of the recruitment process. The programme will commence in September 2020.

The award includes:

  • an annual stipend of £14,777.
  • fees at the standard Home/EU rate.
  • students may also be able to draw on a pooled Research Training Support Grant from the SGSSS.

How to apply

  1. Register on GradHub and fill out EO data (this is a requirement of the application process)
  2. Complete and upload the prescribed list of required documentation to include:
  • Application form
  • Academic transcripts
  • Two References
  • CV (maximum of two pages)
  • One page cover letter explaining your interest in and suitability for this project- this should be uploaded in a standalone document with a naming convention as follows *name/supervisor/institution/competition/date*
  • Two writing samples of max 2000 words (this can be excerpts from a thesis, article or blog post)- these should be uploaded in one standalone document with a naming convention as follows *name/supervisor/institution/competition/date*

Applicants submit application through GradHub https://gradhub.sgsss.ac.uk

Selection process

The selection panel will meet in Spring 2020 and results will be communicated to candidates by email shortly thereafter. Successful applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

The official web-page.