The University of Oxford will be offering 15 doctoral scholarships from 2021-2023, thanks to a £1.35 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust. Students will complete multi-disciplinary research on the impact of poverty and social inequalities in early childhood.
The ground-breaking programme of doctoral scholarships, spanning the social and biological sciences, will aim to reduce the impact of these disadvantages on children’s life chances. Directed by Professor Jane Barlow of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, this is Oxford’s first doctoral programme that brings together expertise from diverse disciplines with the explicit goal of reducing the impact of social inequality in early childhood through the application of biological science.
Applications are sought from high calibre individuals who have an interest in building on recent scientific advances that have begun to apply knowledge developed between the biological and social sciences with the aim of using a multiple level of analysis perspective to reduce social inequalities in early childhood.
About the Programme
This exciting programme of scholarships will expose students to expertise and cutting edge mixed-methods research across the fields of psychology, sociology, neuroscience, endocrinology, genetics, and ethics, producing a new generation of scientists who have the necessary skills to be future research leaders in this important field.
Four lead departments are affiliated with the programme: Social Policy and Intervention, Sociology, Psychiatry, and Experimental Psychology.
Students will complete a training programme tailored to their individual skills and project requirements, including attending activities offered to the full Leverhulme cohort. They will be formally admitted by the Department linked to their primary supervisor, and will have access to the diverse range of seminars, workshops and advanced training opportunities offered by that Department.
Successful candidates will be awarded a 4-year scholarship covering tuition fees and a maintenance stipend at UK research council rates. They will also have access to research and training support funds. More information is available here.
All candidates will need to apply to the DPhil in Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation - Leverhulme Biopsychosocial Doctoral Scholarship Programme via the link on the University Open Studentships page. This is solely for application purposes; successful Leverhulme candidates will be registered on the DPhil programme based in their supervisor’s Department. More information on the application process is available here.
To find out more:
Visit the Department of Social Policy and Intervention website for more details