PhD Studentship in Psychology of Language and Communication (Language Development, Gesture)

The Language and Learning group’s research in the Warwick Psychology Department covers a wide range of topics in psychological studies on language and communication (language acquisition (typical and atypical)), statistical learning, gesture, bilingual lexical development, literacy development, visual word recognition.

The Studentship

We invite applications for a fully funded PhD Studentship. The three-year studentship is funded by the Psychology Department and is available to work under the supervision of Professor Sotaro Kita in the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick. Professor Kita can supervise projects in two areas: (1) gestures that people produce during speaking and thinking, and (2) language and/or gesture development in children (infants and toddlers).  Some teaching support duties will be required. Applicants with a background and interest in any area of language and communication, broadly defined, are encouraged to apply.  Training in research methods and statistics for psychology is essential (those without such training should discuss their options with Professor Sotaro Kita A master’s degree is welcome, but is not necessary.  We encourage applicants to contact Professor Kita to discuss the project areas at an early stage.

Awards available: 1 award available.

Funding Details: Fees and maintenance at RCUK level.

Length of Award: 3 years.

Eligibility: Applications are open to all nationalities. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply but, if successful, will have to pay the difference between the Home/EU and Overseas Fees. Exceptional non-UK/EU students may be put forward to Chancellor’s International Fellowships (initial deadline 13 January 2014), which include the Overseas-level tuition fees.

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Application Details: 

An application form must be completed if you wish to be considered for this scholarship. Application process: Complete the online application form, upload your transcripts and provide a research proposal.

Application process: Apply directly through PG Admissions (note reference number). Apply online:

For further information please contact Professor S Kita on or visit:

Deadline:  31 January 2014

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