Cambridge University, UK is inviting prospective PhD candidates to apply for the fully-funded LEGO Cambridge Scholarship for students of all nationalities to study in Cambridge.
The LEGO Foundation aims to build a future in which learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, life-long learners.  It hopes to change attitudes and behaviours towards learning though play, by supporting high quality research.
The Foundation has partnered with the University of Cambridge to establish a new Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning at the Faculty of Education.  Within that project there are scholarships, co-funded by the LEGO Foundation and the Cambridge Trust, for PhD students in this field of study.
Project Details

  • The PEDAL Centre, with the Cambridge Faculty of Education, is recruiting for a three-year fully-funded PhD studentship on the topic of the development of play and playfulness in early life (supervised by Professor Paul Ramchandani). Professor Ramchandani is moving to Cambridge University from Imperial College, London, in January 2018 and will lead a research group focussed on the role of play in early child development. His previous research is in the field of child and adolescent mental health, and there will be overlaps with this area of study.
  • The successful candidate will benefit from joining an established research group, from access to a state-of-the-art observation lab and a database of research participants, as well as testing equipment to support their research, including video observation hardware and software and an eye-tracking booth. The Faculty of Education also benefits from excellent connections with local schools and has a vibrant research community.

Worth of Award

  • University tuition fee
  • Annual stipend (for a single person)
  • Fixed-term: The funds for this studentship are available for 3 years.


  • This scholarship is available to PhD applicants of any nationality.
  • Applicants’ research will contribute to the work of the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning.
  • This studentship would be suitable for a candidate with a psychology degree or equivalent.

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.).
  • After you have submitted your application form, you should upload your written statement via your Self-service account.
  • The written statement should be no longer than 1,500 words. In your written statement, you should 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”, naming Professor Ramchandani as potential supervisor, so that it is clear you wish to apply for this source of funding.
  • Apart from the application for graduate admission, no separate application is required for this scholarship.
  • 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.
  • They will only be able to consider applications completed by the deadline, although the outcomes of applications may not be known until January 2018
  • Please quote reference JR13779 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
  • The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.
  • The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


  •  If you are applying for graduate study, please check and apply by the specific course deadline.  Some deadlines are as early as mid-November (LLM Law) and there will be two general course deadlines of 6 December 2017 and 4 January 2018.
  • They expect to hold interviews in late January 2018.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Paul Ramchandani ([email protected])
Click here for more details and to apply
Click here to apply for graduate admission

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