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LEGO Cambridge PhD Studentship at the PEDAL Centre and LEGO Cambridge PhD Studentship jointly between the PEDAL and REAL Centres announced. See details below.

LEGO Cambridge PhD Studentship at the PEDAL Centre 2020


The PEDAL Centre, with the Cambridge Faculty of Education, is recruiting for up to 2 PhD Studentships, commencing in October 2020. These are 3-year PhD studentships that are fully-funded by the LEGO Foundation. The studentship will cover fees and an annual living stipend.

The PEDAL Centre has a focus on the role of play in children’s education, development and learning. It is a multidisciplinary centre with a wide range of research experiences available to postgraduate students. Supervision from the PEDAL Centre will come from Dr Jenny Gibson, Dr Sara Baker or Professor Paul Ramchandani. Jenny Gibson leads a research team focussed on play and social development (including language & communication development and peer relations in children who have neurodevelopmental conditions and also those with typical developmental profiles. Paul Ramchandani’s work focusses on the role of play in early child development. Sara Baker’s work focusses on play’s role in schools. More details about our work may be found here: http://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/centres/pedal/

How to apply

All applicants for LEGO funding will need to apply to the University via the usual route specifying they wish to apply for the PhD in Education (Graduate Application Form on the Graduate Admissions page: https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply). After you have submitted your application form, you will upload your written statement via your Self-service account.

If you are not a UK applicant, you must tick the box(es) on the Graduate Application Form to 'Apply for Cambridge Scholarships. If you wish to be considered for other sources of funding if your LEGO application is unsuccessful, please ensure you tick all appropriate boxes on the application form.

Potential candidates are requested to provide a written statement as part of the University application process (see below). The written statement should be no longer than 1,500 words (excluding references but including any tables and figures) and should propose a research topic focussed on play and consonant with the interests of at least one member of the supervisory team. In your written statement, address the following questions: What do you consider to be the key issues in the topic you have chosen? What research methods might be appropriate in answering research questions on this topic?

Please label your statement at the top 'LEGO studentship written statement', listing one of the researchers above as potential supervisor, so that it is clear you wish to apply for this source of funding. Please also indicate if you are applying for the joint PEDAL-REAL studentship.


Closing date
We will only be able to consider applications completed by Wednesday 20 November 2019, although the outcomes of applications may not be known until January 2019. We expect to hold interviews on Friday 29 November 2019.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Gibson (jlg53@cam.ac.uk), or Professor Ramchandani (pr441@cam.ac.uk) and Dr Sara Baker (stb32@cam.ac.uk) as appropriate.

LEGO Cambridge PhD Studentship jointly between the PEDAL and REAL Centres 2020


The PEDAL and REAL Centres, in the Cambridge Faculty of Education, are recruiting for a PhD Studentship, commencing in October 2020. This is a 3-year PhD studentships which is fully-funded by the LEGO Foundation. The studentship will cover fees and an annual living stipend.


The PEDAL Centre has a focus on the role of play in child education, development and learning. It is a multidisciplinary centre with a wide range of research experiences available to postgraduate students. Supervision from the PEDAL Centre will come from Dr Jenny Gibson, Dr Sara Baker or Professor Paul Ramchandani. Jenny Gibson leads a research team focussed on play and social development (including language & communication development and peer relations in children who have neurodevelopmental conditions and also those with typical developmental profiles. Paul Ramchandani’s work focusses on the role of play in early child development. Sara Baker’s work focusses on play’s role in schools. More details about our work may be found on our website: http://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/centres/pedal/

The REAL Centre at Cambridge (Centre for Research for Equitable Access and Learning) is led by Professor Pauline Rose. The REAL Centre pioneers research into overcoming barriers to education, such as poverty, gender, ethnicity, language and disability, and promotes education as an engine for inclusive growth and sustainable development. Supervision from the REAL Centre. Supervision from the REAL Centre will be from one of a range of potential academic supervisors, depending on the main area of research focus for the PhD. More details of the REAL Centre's work may be found here: http://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/centres/real/


Jointly held studentships should focus on the intersection of play, child development and learning in a low income setting and would be most suitable for an applicant from, or with significant experience of, low-income countries or settings.


How to apply

All applicants for LEGO funding will need to apply to the University via the usual route specifying they wish to apply for the PhD in Education (Graduate Application Form on the Graduate Admissions page: https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply). After you have submitted your application form, you will upload your written statement via your Self-service account.

If you are not a UK applicant, you must tick the box(es) on the Graduate Application Form to 'Apply for Cambridge Scholarships'. If you wish to be considered for other sources of funding if your LEGO application is unsuccessful, please ensure you tick all appropriate boxes on the application form.

Potential candidates are requested to provide a written statement as part of the University application process (see below). The written statement should be no longer than 1,500 words (excluding references but including any tables and figures) and should propose a research topic focussed on play and consonant with the interests of at least one member of the supervisory team. In your written statement, address the following questions: What do you consider to be the key issues in the topic you have chosen? What research methods might be appropriate in answering research questions on this topic?


Please label your statement at the top 'LEGO PEDAL-REAL studentship written statement', so that it is clear you wish to apply for this source of funding. Please also indicate if you are applying for the LEGO studentship.


Closing date
We will only be able to consider applications completed by Wednesday 20 November 2019, although the outcomes of applications may not be known until January 2019. We expect to hold interviews on Friday 29 November 2019.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Gibson (jlg53@cam.ac.uk), Professor Rose (pmr43@cam.ac.uk), Dr Sara Baker (stb32@cam.ac.uk) or Professor Ramchandani (pr441@cam.ac.uk) as appropriate.

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