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LEGO Cambridge PhD Studentship (Fixed Term)

The PEDAL Centre, with the Cambridge Faculty of Education, is recruiting for a three-year fully-funded PhD studentship on the topic of the development of play and playfulness in early life (supervised by Professor Paul Ramchandani). Professor Ramchandani is moving to Cambridge University from Imperial College, London, in January 2018 and will lead a research group focussed on the role of play in early child development. His previous research is in the field of child and adolescent mental health, and there will be overlaps with this area of study.

This studentship would be suitable for a candidate with a psychology degree or equivalent.

The written statement should be no longer than 1,500 words. In your written statement, you should address the following questions: What do you consider to be the key issues in the topic you have chosen? What research methods might be appropriate in answering research questions on this topic?

Please label your statement at the top "LEGO studentship written statement", naming Professor Ramchandani as potential supervisor, so that it is clear you wish to apply for this source of funding.

All applicants for LEGO funding will need to apply to the University via the usual route specifying they wish to apply for the PhD in Education (Graduate Application Form on the Graduate Admissions page: After you have submitted your application form, you should upload your written statement via your Self-service account.

If you are not a UK applicant, you must tick the box(es) on the Graduate Application Form to 'Apply for Cambridge Scholarships'. If you wish to be considered for other sources of funding if your LEGO application is unsuccessful, please ensure you tick all appropriate boxes on the application form.

We will only be able to consider applications completed by 6 December 2017, although the outcomes of applications may not be known until January 2018.

Fixed-term: The funds for this studentship are available for 3 years.

We expect to hold interviews in late January 2018.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Paul Ramchandani (

Please quote reference JR13779 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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