Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme

Awards will be made to researchers (not directly to the student) to allow them to provide an undergraduate with 'hands-on' experience of research during the summer vacation, to gain an insight into scientific research and to encourage them to consider an academic career.

The scheme is a prestigious award that marks out a student as a future researcher and potential academic. It is hoped that the senior researcher, to whom the award is made, will develop the student's potential and interest in research.

  • Applicants must be members of the Society who are active psychology researchers employed by a UK HEI, who may then appoint an undergraduate student who is finishing the penultimate year of their degree to become their Research Assistant in the summer break before the start of the final year of their degree.
  • To be eligible to receive a Research Assistantship award, students must be completing a Society accredited undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in psychology; be considering research as a career; be expecting to achieve a 2.1 or a 1st class degree; and be finishing the penultimate year of their degree and due to start their final year following the completion of the project.
  • The award provides a student stipend at a weekly rate of £200, for a 6-8 week project.

Further details, including the full criteria and an application form, can be obtained from the Board Administrator.

The award for 2016 is now open. Applications will be accepted up until 5pm on 9 March 2016.

To find out more about how the scheme works in practice, take a look at Diving into the thick of things - an article that was published in the Careers section of the November 2009 edition of The Psychologist.

2015 Recipients 

We had a fantastic response this year, with 68 applications being received. The Research Board will be funding 12 projects.

The projects are:

  • Professor Bruce Hood (University of Bristol) will support Nick Martin and his project ‘Determining the cognitive mechanisms of over imitation using eye tracking’

  • Dr Silvana Mengoni (University of Hertfordshire) will support Natalie Hall and her project ‘Exploring care staff’s attitudes to health psychology research involving people with learning disabilities’

  • Dr Martin Jones (University of Exeter) will support Kayleigh Watts and her project ‘The role of mental toughness and pain catastrophizing on muscular performance following induced delayed onset muscle soreness’

  • Dr Patrick Bourke  (University of Lincoln) will support Holly Allaway and her project ‘Cognitive neuroscience of template formation in visual search – a TMS study’

  • Dr Catrin Eames (University of Liverpool) will support Lorna Phillips and her project ‘Implementation of mindfulness-based Interventions in UK health service settings’

  • Professor Shirley Reynolds (University of Reading) will support Hannah-Rose and her project ‘Human developmental changes in attention bias for threat in children’

  • Dr Stephen Gibson (York St John University) will support Rachael Booth and her project ‘UKIP and the 2015 general election: a discourse analysis of broadcast media data’

  • Professor Caroline Rowland (University of Liverpool) will support Melissa Chapple and her project ‘Is infant learning domain independent?’

  • Dr Mark Turner (University of Portsmouth) will support Holly Tricker and her project ‘Do work placements improve psychology graduates transition into the workplace?’

  • Dr Kirsty Miller (University of Lincoln) will support Aysha Bellamy and her project ‘Whose hand is it anyway? Investigating the development of agency in four- to ten-year-old children’

  • Dr Alexandra Kent (Keele University) will support Chloe Waterman and her project ‘999 Police call openings: asking for help and assessing urgency’

  • Dr Victoria Lovett (Swansea University) will supervise Lauren Dillon and her project ‘The effects of local stimulus enhancement and object affordances on an imitation task: an eye-tracking study’

Past recipients 

Other Society awards