SCDTP Studentship - The neural representation of the self
University of Southampton, Centre for Research on Self and Identity
United Kingdom

SCDTP Studentship - The neural representation of the self

Centre for Research on Self and Identity

Location: Highfield Campus

Salary: £14777

(18/19 UKRI rate)

Closing Date: Thursday 24 January 2019

Reference: 1078118JW

The neural representation of the self

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2019/20 Academic Year.


Supervisory Team:

Dr Keise Izuma ( and Professor Constantine Sedikides, Psychology Department, University of Southampton.

The self is the most fundamental, familiar, and yet mysterious object. There is a lot to be discovered about how the self is represented in the brain. The PhD project tackles this fundamental question using a neuroimaging method (fMRI) combined with a machine learning technique to analyse the data. This project is a perfect opportunity for a PhD student to learn neuroimaging (fMRI), advanced analysis methods (e.g., machine learning), and the psychological literature on self.


Skills Required

Previous experiences of fMRI data collection/analysis and programming (e.g., R, Matlab, Python) would be desirable but not essential, as supervisory training is available.



South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14777 (2018/19 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees. Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students). Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at


Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm on 24th January 2019. The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above. For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

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