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Postgraduate Study Visit Scheme

The scheme provides grants to enable research students to undertake a study visit to another institution for a minimum of two weeks.

Students will acquire hands on skills relevant to their research training and completion of the doctoral degree.

This scheme is only open to students who are registered for a doctoral degree at a UK university.

All applicants must be a member of the British Psychological Society.

Six awards, two in each of the following categories, are available each year:

  • up to £500 for a visit to an institution in the UK
  • up to £800 for a visit to an institution in Europe
  • up to £1200 for a visit to an institution elsewhere in the world​

How to Apply

To apply please contact [email protected]

Applications are now open and should be received by Thursday 30 June 2022.


Lynn Weiher, Postgraduate, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University

My PhD thesis focusses on the role of rapport in the investigative interview. I explore how rapport influences the interview outcomes such as quantity and quality of information provided e.g., amount of complete and truthful information provided. During my stay at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, I studied research techniques connected to nonverbal behaviour research, analysed and discussed findings from my data, gained experience and professional confidence from working in a second lab, and expanded and developed ties for future collaborations. This experience helped me to develop my research experience and ideas confidently further.

Jon Walbrin, Postgraduate, School of Psychology, Bangor University

The BPS study visit grant enabled me to visit The Ohio State University (USA) to work with Dr Zeynep Saygin, an excellent cognitive neuroscience researcher who developed a sophisticated brain-imaging analysis technique – ‘fingerprint connectivity’ analysis. This approach allows for the prediction of regional brain responses (e.g. how strongly activated a given brain region is to social information) based on how such regions are structurally connected to the wider brain. Learning this complex analysis approach has added substantial value and impact to my current PhD research that aims to measure differences in adult and child brain responses to social interactions.

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