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  • Ranked 27th in the world and 3rd in Australia for psychology*
  • Oldest psychology department established in Australia
  • *QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
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School of Psychology

Understanding how people think, feel, behave and learn
Driving psychology education, research and clinical services that investigate human behaviour and cognition for positive change. We are the oldest Australian School of Psychology.

The School of Psychology at the University of Sydney is currently ranked 27th in the world for psychology*, and is the oldest School of Psychology in Australia. We are proud of our history and reputation, and believe in pursuing continuous innovation and excellence in our research and teaching.

Psychology is one of the most exciting sciences with many questions that need answers. In the School of Psychology, we strive to build upon our successes in order to make new discoveries and drive positive change.

*QS World University Ranking by Subject 2020

Research fellowships

We are one of Australia's leading research departments, and we have enjoyed considerable success in attracting competitive research grants from the ARC and NHMRC over recent years. To ensure the school remains at the forefront of psychological research and teaching we are always keen to attract talented researchers at all levels. The school and the University have considerable expertise to assist staff in the development of competitive fellowship applications. There are a range of sources for funding of research fellowships, which are outlined on the Research Office website.

For further information on assistance offered to potential applicants at the School of Psychology please contact one of our Associate Heads of Research, Associate Professor Ben Colagiuri or Associate Professor Tom Carlson

Key fellowships available

The Australian Research Council (ARC) runs a number of programs that provide an independently funded position for high-performing researchers at different stages of their careers. The School encourages external applications for all these schemes, and provides support to qualified candidates in the form of helping to identify synergies with current School staff and facilities, writing assistance, and negotiating internal in-kind and cash co-contributions.

ARC DECRA (3 years - Early Career researchers, up to 5 years post- PhD with allowances for career interruption)

ARC Future Fellowships (4 years - Mid Career researchers, up to 15 years post-PhD with allowances for career interruption)

Australian Laureate Fellowships (5 years - the highest level of Fellowship)

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) offers Investigator Grants, which provide 5 years’ funding to high-performing researchers at any career stage. The School encourages external applications, and provides support to qualified candidates in the form of helping to identify synergies with current School staff and facilities, writing assistance, and negotiating internal contributions to any salary gap (if applicable).

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Professor Frans Verstraten
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