The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is offering two part time PhD bursaries of £7,500 per year (under review) including part-time course fees, for up to five years starting in October 2019.


Applicants are invited to submit research proposals in one of two areas:


  • Brief 1: School-based Humanistic Counselling: using data from ETHOS

This project must be located at Roehampton University


  • Brief 2: Counselling for older people

This project can be pursued at any UK university


You’ll be educated to Masters level in a relevant discipline or have equivalent research experience that demonstrates you’re ready to engage in a doctorate. You’ll have a good record of educational achievement in relevant disciplines and sufficient research training to undertake doctoral research.


You’ll include a project rationale, proposed methodology or methodologies and an outline of the potential impact of your proposed project. You’ll also provide information on the proposed doctoral supervisors, including evidence that they’re willing or able to take you on as a doctoral student.


Our doctoral bursaries are for students enrolled on PhD research-only programmes. Professional doctorate programmes in the areas of counselling, psychotherapy or counselling or clinical psychology aren’t eligible. You must be able to meet the attendance regulations at your chosen university.


For more information:


PhD studentships 2019 – Programme aims, eligibility and application process (pdf 0.3MB)


PhD studentships 2019 – Application form (docx 89KB)


Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

For pre-submission enquiries, contact Dr Andy Boyle at

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

The deadline for applications is noon on 31 January 2019. Interviews will take place on 26 and 27 March 2019.

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