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School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Lambrinudi PhD Scholarship – Final round Call Theme: Immersive and digital technologies to support either (1) therapeutic practice OR (2) professional training and education
Deadline: 23 June, 2022
Level of Study
Postgraduate Research
Application Status

Eligibility summary

  • Level of StudyPostgraduate Research



The Immersive Technologies and Digital Mental Health Network is a trans-disciplinary partnership of academics, practitioners and technology companies focusing on therapeutic and pedagogical advances in mental health and social care through digital means. The aim of this themed call is to attract an enthusiastic and talented individual to join our doctoral research programme on a three year scholarship. 


Project Outline 

Immersive and digital technologies (e.g. Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, Apps etc.) have shown the potential to enhance therapeutic practice as well as professional education and training. We are seeking a suitably motivated individual to extend the work of our existing network by focusing on one of these areas. Applicants are invited to submit an 800-1000 word proposal outlining their ideas for a PhD project using the following structure–


            (1) Research Problem

            (2) Role of technology to address the problem

            (3) Potential Research Design

            (4) Previous and current experience as relevant to doctoral level study


Proposals will be scored in line with applicant’s previous experience and qualifications. An award may be made on the basis of the proposal only however, if a number of suitable proposals are received then the panel may invite applicants for interview. 

Further Information

Why study with us? 

This project is based within the Immersive Technologies and Digital Mental Health Network at Queen’s University Belfast and represents a multi-disciplinary collaboration across social science, psychology, healthcare, computer science and film and broadcasting. Throughout this project you will be mentored and supervised by experienced staff within the network. The successful candidate will be required to support ongoing activities within the network, including representation at events and conferences as well as managing and updating various social media accounts. 

Funding Towards

Living Costs / Stipend, Tuition Fees

Funding Body


Funding Amount

What funding is included? 

We will cover tuition fees for applicants from the UK/RoI (criteria apply) and partial tuition fee costs for those applying from elsewhere up the value of £4,596. We are also pleased to offer an annual stipend of £16,062 to support living costs while undertaking your doctoral research. While successful candidates are expected to undertake full time working hours on the project, there may be scope to further supplement their income through teaching activities should opportunities arise.  

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Funding Body




Given the complexity and ambitious nature of this project, we are seeking an outstanding applicant who can not only demonstrate knowledge and skills but also strong passion, commitment and work ethic.  

Applicants will normally be expected to have completed a master’s level degree in relevant discipline, such as social sciences, health sciences, psychology, film and broadcasting or computer science (this list is not exhaustive). Exceptionally, applications may be considered from outstanding honours graduates who can demonstrate relevant knowledge and skills. All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capability to undertake research training through to completion to the standard necessary to qualify for a PhD.

Funding Type

Fee Status


Study Level

Postgraduate Research

Start Date

Fri, 06 May 2022 11:00:00 BST

Close Date

Thu, 23 Jun 2022 00:00:00 BST

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How to Apply

Selection Process 

To apply, please log onto Queen’s University Belfast Direct Application Portal, complete the required sections and submit your application by Thursday 23rd June 2022. Cite reference LAMPB22 in your application if you are applying for this studentship.

Applicants may be asked to take part in a brief interview (via MS Teams). We expect this position to be very competitive and therefore reserve the right to enhance shortlisting criteria if necessary. The successful applicant needs to be in a position to take up this opportunity on 1st October 2022 and will be expected to keep regular on-campus working hours. If you any queries about your application, please email Dr Paul Best at