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ESRC DTP Interdisciplinary Studentship: Brain mechanisms for individualised learning

The University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership [DTP] is pleased to offer an interdisciplinary studentship in the area of Human Learning (including language learning) available for admission in 2019.

The studentship will be a one-year Master's followed by a three-year doctoral programme or a three-year doctoral programme and will be co-supervised by Dr Henriette Hendriks at Theoretical and Applied Linguistics ( and Prof Zoe Kourtzi at the Adaptive Brain Lab, Department of Psychology (

DTP students will acquire a unique set of skills that will equip them for high-profile careers as leading social scientists, in academia or in other government, industrial, commercial and third sector organisations, either in the UK or elsewhere.

Project description

In this project, we aim to shed light on individual learning, by making use of neuroscientific research on the rhythm at which the brain processes information. We use an interdisciplinary approach that combines behavioural testing, brain imaging and computational modelling. We apply these techniques to understand the brain mechanisms that mediate adaptive behaviours (from statistical learning to language learning) and account for individual variability in learning ability. The candidate appointed to this PhD studentship will work with an inter-disciplinary team with expertise in cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, human learning and linguistics.

A full DTP studentship will cover fees and provide £14,777 p.a. in living costs (current rates). DTP students also receive a personal allowance for additional training costs, and can apply for further funding to pursue fieldwork, academic exchange, and collaboration with non-academic partner organisations.

DTP studentships are currently open to UK and EU citizens on a full-time or part-time basis. Full studentships (i.e. including living costs) are open only to those meeting certain residency requirements.

For information on eligibility, please see the additional information document.

What to do next

You can find out more about the DTP on our website, and read about some of the opportunities that will be available to you.

You can find out more about the Section of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at [] and the Adaptive Brain Lab and the Department of Psychology at []. Please address any questions about this studentship to Dr Henriette Hendriks ( or Prof Zoe Kourtzi (

All DTP applicants follow the University's standard admission process. Applications for this studentship should be made to the Section of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Please go to our Graduate Admissions Portal to start your application and ensure you indicate that you wish to be considered for funding in the Funding section of the online application form.

Please inform Mr Sam Oliver ( when you have made an application, and add 'ESRC Interdisciplinary Studentship: What the brain can tell us about language learning' to the subject line of your e-mail.

The closing date for applications is 4 March 2019.

Please quote reference GP18041 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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