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 ( by March the 21st, 2016.

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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.

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PhD research project at the University of Stirling

This funded studentship will investigate how evolutionary pressures may shape our processing of faces across a range of social perceptual tasks, using a variety of stimulus types, and using a variety of response measures.

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12 paid Ph.D. positions in new Research Training Group “Understanding Social Relationships“

The Research Training Group RTG 2070 „Understanding Social Relationships“ (Speaker: Prof. Julia Fischer) at the Georg-August-University Göttingen and the German Primate Center Göttingen offers positions for 12 Ph.D. candidates beginning on October 1st, 2015. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (E13 TV-L) with 65% of the regular working hours (currently 25.87 hours per week) for up to three years. The scientific disciplines involved in the RTG are Behavioral and Cognitive Biology, Psychology, and (Psycho-)Linguistics.

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Darwinizing Culture: PhD Studentship & Postdoc

Vacancies for project “Darwinizing culture: the status of cultural evolutionary theory as a science”

*   1 PhD Studentship (4 years; 1 fte)
*   1 Postdoc (4 years; 0.75 – 1.0 fte)

For the VIDI programme “Darwinizing culture: the status of cultural evolutionary theory as a science” led by Krist Vaesen, the department Philosophy & Ethics of Eindhoven University of Technology invites applications both for a fully funded PhD Studentship and for a four-year Postdoc to start in March 2015 or shortly thereafter. The programme is carried out in close collaboration with the Human Origins Group, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University.