Queen Margaret University – PhD Bursary Competition

Each year Queen Margaret University invites applications from individuals with a strong academic record for funded QMU PhD studentships. We are currently accepting bursary applications for commencing September 2020.

The topic is: “Emotion perception, empathy and UK politics: The role of conservatism, social dominance orientation and the behavioural immune system.” Deadline for research proposals is 13th March 2020.

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Scholarship Call – Off the Beaten Track

This call is aimed at budding researchers with creative and open minds, interested in the challenges of applied research. We offer a unique learning opportunity in a multidisciplinary research project on the isle of Gozo, Malta. Expeditions and the University of Leuven offer a 20.000 euro (±22,000 USD or ±160.000 CNY) scholarship fund to cover part or all of the tuition fees for selected participants of the 2020 Malta Summer School. Scholarships are granted on a competitive basis and based on a research

Call directed at
• Undergraduate and graduate students
• PhD students and candidates
• Everyone with a genuine interest in cultural anthropology
• Previous participants of the project

Selection is not based on previous academic merit or project complexity. We aim for enthusiasm, dedication and creativity. In past years, students who were not enrolled in an anthropology program also received scholarships for the program.

Selection Procedure
In the first phase, candidates are invited to propose two or more creative research concepts that can be built upon through fieldwork performed during one session of the summer school on Gozo (Malta). For the second phase, the scholarship review board will select 15 to 20 candidates from these submissions to work out a more detailed research plan within a deadline of two months. These final proposals will be ranked and scholarships will be divided according to this ranking. The top ranked
proposals will be granted a full scholarship, while others will receive a partial scholarship. None of the scholarships include airfare to or from Malta.

How can I apply?
• Send us two or more research concepts
• 150-250 words per research concept
• Submitting can only be done through the website
• The deadline for submissions (first stage) is January 5th, 2020

More information: www.anthropologyfieldschool.org

Student Research Grant winners

Thank you to all who applied for a student research grant this year – we were pleased to receive an unprecedented number of high quality applications (10 total) for projects spanning the wide diversity of interests of EHBEA members.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Carmen Granito
The impact of intercultural contact on pictorial style – The case of Aboriginal rock art


Karolina Milkowska
Disgust sensitivity in relation to phases of menstrual cycle and progesterone levels

Our Student Research Grants deadline is approaching!

Attention student members: EHBEA Student Research Grants deadline is approaching! If you’re still wondering whether to apply or not, check out the story of Gareth Richards:

Whilst studying for my PhD, I was fortunate enough to receive an EHBEA Student Research Grant to run a follow-up study to that of my MSc. I worked with the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Welsh Branch and researchers at Cardiff University (Dr William Davies and Dr Wynford Bellin) to administer a questionnaire about religious beliefs to 585 members of the public attending the National Eisteddfod, a weeklong Welsh cultural festival. I also measured the lengths of participants’ second and fourth fingers so we could calculate their digit ratio (2D:4D). The 2D:4D ratio is hypothesised to be a marker of prenatal sex hormone exposure, with a relatively long fourth digit indicating high levels of foetal testosterone.

Since collecting these data, we presented our findings at the 2017 EHBEA Annual Conference in Paris, and subsequently published two peer-reviewed journal articles. In the first paper (published in Early Human Development), we showed that 2D:4D was positively correlated between mothers and their daughters; in the second paper (published in Transpersonal Psychology Review), we reported that, contrary to the findings of my MSc study of university students, 2D:4D was not related to religious affiliation.

I am grateful to EHBEA for having funded my research, and for the positive experience and CV value gained throughout the process. I would therefore strongly encourage any student with an interest in evolution to consider applying for an EHBEA Student Research Grant.

ESLR workshop. Call for applications!

The second Early-career Social Learning Researchers (ESLR, former YSLR) workshop is happening this year at the University of St Andrews, on 21st-22nd June. The workshop is aimed at early career researchers in any discipline in or related to the field of social learning and will provide a platform for interdisciplinary discussion on the state-of-art in the field. As an early-career research event, it also wants to help attendees develop interdisciplinary thinking and build a peer-support network of fellow researchers.

We invite applications by Master, PhDs and early-career postdocs whose work focuses directly on social learning or on topics relevant to the discussion. Participants are encouraged to present their work in the form of a poster.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and senior researchers from the University of St Andrews in an open-doors event. The workshop will conclude with a panel of senior researchers discussing the topic “Learnt Perspectives – 20 years of Social Learning” (confirmed panel guests so far are: Prof Malinda Carpenter, Prof Andrew Whiten, Dr Luke Rendell and Dr Monica Tamariz.

Applications can be submitted through the workshop website. The application deadline has been extended to April 20th.

Workshop info: workshop2018@yslr.co.uk

PhD Bursaries – University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth (UK) Department of Psychology is offering bursaries linked to the following research areas:

Successful applicants will be awarded a University Bursary Stipend of £14,057 p.a. (for 16/17) for up to 4 years. Full Home/EU fees will be paid by the University. Holders of University Bursaries are expected to contribute up to 6 hours a week, including teaching, to support their department.

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Max Planck Institute: Two grants for PhD students in Cultural Evolution

The Minds and Traditions research group (“the Mint”), an Independent Max Planck Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena (Germany) is offering two grants for two doctoral projects focusing on “cognitive science and cultural evolution of visual culture and graphic codes“. Funding is available for four years (three years renewable twice for six months), starting in September 2016. The PhD students will be expected to take part in a research project devoted to the cognitive science and cultural evolution of graphic codes. If interested, please send a motivation letter (maximum two pages) to the group’s principal investigator, Olivier Morin (morin@shh.mpg.de) by March the 21st, 2016.

The complete call in pdf format can be found here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8432426/Mint-PhD-call.pdf

PhD Studentship in Nutrient interaction and carotenoid skin colour: a signal of human health

Further to their work relating skin colour to health and attractiveness, the Perception Lab at St Andrews, headed by Dave Perrett,  would like to advertise a PhD studentship for applicants with a background in Psychology, Biological Sciences or cognate discipline.

A 4-year BBSRC studentship is available from September 2016. The studentship offers the opportunity to work in an academic setting on a project pertinent to health, and will lead to a PhD degree in Psychology from the University of St Andrews.

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PhD Research Project at the University of Antwerp, Belgium

The Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Applied Economic Sciences are seeking to fill the following full-time (100%) vacancy in the Departments of Communication Sciences & Management: Doctoral Grant by the University Research Fund (BOF) in the area of hormones and behavior

Job description: You prepare a doctoral thesis investigating the role of oxytcocin on social cohesion in groups.

More information: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/jobs/vacancies/ap/2015bapdocproex186/