PhD Studentship Bilingualism in High Functioning Autism

Project title:  Bilingualism in High Functioning Autism

Supervisor/s: Professor Ianthi Tsimpli

Project Overview:   

The project aims to investigate the effects of bilingualism (simultaneous or sequential) in children with High Functioning Autism on performance in linguistic and cognitive tasks. The emphasis is on the investigation of narrative abilities, measures of verbal and non-verbal coherence and measures of cognitive and affective mind reading skills. A series of behavioural and eye-tracking protocols will be used.

The School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences has a thriving research community of over 60 PhD students, as well as state-of-the-art research facilities including a dedicated neuroscience centre offering both fMRI and EEG.


  • Successful candidates will have an undergraduate and/or Masters degree in Psychology or related discipline (First class or 2i degree, or those expecting to graduate with these degrees), and outstanding research potential
  • Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is only open to candidates from the UK/EU. 

Funding Details:   

  • The studentship is available from October 1st 2013 and includes payment of UK/EU level tuition fees and a maintenance allowance of ~£13,500 per annum.

How to apply:   

In the first instance, applicants should express their interest by sending a CV and a 500 word summary of their research interests to Dr Claire Williams, School Director of Research Students (

Please quote the reference GS13-29 in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding Section of your on-line application.

Application Deadline:  Friday 10th May. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.

Further Enquiries:  For further details please contact Dr Claire Williams, School Director of Research Students (

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