From Sensation and Perception to Awareness
University of Sussex, Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme
Deadline 5 March
The University of Sussex invites applications for PhD studentship
awards within the University's newly created Leverhulme Doctoral
Scholarship Programme entitled 'From Sensation and Perception to
Awareness'. Projects are offered within and across the following
• Artificial intelligence
• Digital humanities
Music PhDs include:
- Entrainment and musical experience: New methods for investigating
individual experiences and group dynamics in ensemble music making
- Temporality and rhythmic perception in performance and their
representation in musical consciousness
- Musical composition and perceptions of light and colour
About the programme
The University of Sussex has been awarded one of 12 Leverhulme Trust
grants, totalling £1.05 million, to create a Doctoral Scholarship
Programme entitled 'From Sensation and Perception to Awareness'. This
brings together researchers and doctoral students from across
neuroscience, robotics, psychology and the arts. The ultimate aim of
this research programme is to advance our understanding of the
interactions between sensing, perception, and awareness in humans,
animals, and machines.
Our doctoral scholars will be immersed in an inter-disciplinary
training environment including monthly seminars and an annual
student-led conference on a topic related to the theme. A strong
emphasis is placed on developing technical skills, and we will provide
specialist training in areas such as programming and use of virtual
and augmented reality.
As part of this programme, Sussex will be providing fully-funded
studentships for three cohorts of seven students. The first of these
cohorts will start studying at Sussex in September 2018. Each
successful applicant will receive a tax free stipend at Research
Council rates (currently £14,553 per annum), a Home/EU fee waiver and
generous research and training costs. On completion of their PhD, our
the programme alumni will be eligible to apply for one of several 12
month postdoctoral research fellowships at Sussex, available only to
completing Leverhulme DSP scholars.
Applicants should be UK or EU citizens and should have/expect to have
at least a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree. A master's degree in a
relevant discipline is strongly desirable.
Applicants must have a willingness to participate in interdisciplinary
training and seminars relating to 'sensation, perception, and
How to apply
Applicants should select ONE of the advertised research projects (see
below), and develop this into a more detailed research proposal.
Guidance on writing a research proposal can be found here.
Applicants will then need to apply, through Sussex's online PhD
application form, to the PhD course linked to the department of your
chosen supervisor (e.g. Psychology, Life Sciences) and enter
'Leverhulme' in the sources of funding box.
Your completed application should include your project proposal, your
CV, and any other information requested e.g. degree certificates and
transcripts and English language qualifications.
Monday 5 March - Deadline for applications.
Thursday 22 and Friday 23 March - Interviews (note that all interviews
will be conducted by the programme management committee, which is
cross-disciplinary in nature).
Wednesday 28 March - Applicants notified regarding the outcome of
Any questions concerning your chosen research project should be
directed to the project supervisor, as listed on the project
Any questions relating to the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship
Programme, or the application process, can be sent to Dean Brooks,
Doctoral School Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.