Research funding opportunities

  • Full details of all funding opportunities will be advertised on this webpage as and when they become available.

    If you are interested in undertaking a research degree at Oxford Brookes, visit the 'Areas of research' webpage to find out more about the range of subject areas offered within our research communities, centres, groups, academic faculties and schools.

  • Please note that there are no funded PhD studentships available in Business at this time.

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,
    Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health

    3 Year Full Time PhD Studentship

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants only (must be permanently resident in UK/EU)

    Closing date: 5 May 2017 (mid-night UK time)
    Interview date: 6 June 2017
    Start Date: 18 September 2017

    Value p.a.: Bursary £14,553 for Academic Year 2017/18 and fees

    Supervisors: Professor Anna Barnett andDr Nichola Stuart

    Title: Developmental Assessment and the IDS-2 Intelligence andDevelopment Scales

    Oxford Brookes University is working in partnership with the publisher Hogrefe Ltd to provide a UK standardisation of the Intelligence & Development Scale, IDS-2. This includes an assessment of intelligence, executive functions, psycho-motor competence, social-emotional competence and basic skills in language, literacy and numeracy for those aged 5 to 20 years. 

    This studentship provides an exciting opportunity to collect normative data for the UK standardisation of the IDS-2 and to develop a more specific project around this. The focus of the project will depend on the interests, skills and experience of the successful applicant. For example it could focus on one domain within the IDS-2 or use the test to explore the profile of those with a specific developmental disorder. Alternatively the project could compare the IDS-2 with other assessments, such as more dynamic approaches. The successful applicant will administer the IDS-2 across various age groups, undertake reliability and validity studies and design, run and analyse their own assessment data. In addition, there is a requirement to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching per week during semesters without further remuneration and to participate in a teaching course. 

    For further information, contact Professor Anna Barnett: abarnett@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements: Applicants should have (or be expecting) a first class or upper second class  honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification in psychology or related cognate discipline (some experience with the processing of quantitative data and statistics is essential). A relevant post-graduate qualification would be an advantage. EU Applicants must also have an IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre. Exceptionally we are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    How to apply: Applications must be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.ukand must include:

    1) Please download the application form from the following website:
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc.      

     2) A project proposal (max 2000 words) describing the background, aims and suggestions for 2 studies to address the aims. Applicants can liaise with the supervisor when developing their proposal.

     3) A CV.

     4) Two academic references.

     5) Scanned copies of degree certificates and transcripts.

    The successful applicant will be subject to a DBS search once they enrol. For checking procedures, they will need to exhibit a current passport plus other documentation to enable a search to be undertaken. Costs involved in DBS check will be covered by the University.


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, 
    Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health.

    3 Year Full Time studentship

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

    Closing date: 5 May 2017 (midnight UK time)
    Interview date: 6 June 2017
    Start Date: 18 September 2017

    Value p.a.: Bursary of £14553 for Academic Year 2017/18 and fees.

    Supervisors: Dr Kate Wilmut and Professor Anna Barnett

    Project: Perceptual-motor controland coordination in Developmental Coordination Disorder

    Successful navigation of the environment is vital in everyday life but requires complex underlying skills . Whether we can squeeze through a gap or step over a puddle depends on us taking into account how big we are and what we are capable of. In recent work we have focused on judgements and movement adaptations regarding fitting through a gap (Wilmut and Barnett, 2010; 2011) and how our judgement of what we might do, based purely on perception  can be different from what we actually do in a movement context when faced with a narrow gap (Wilmut, Du and Barnett, 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SABXFrAJtF8).

    Part of our work in this area focuses on individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). DCD is characterised by poor coordination which cannot be accounted for by a physical, neurological or intellectual impairment. Although studies have focused on the identification of deficits in DCD, there remains poor understanding of perceptual-motor control and coordination difficulties in this population. We have been exploring the idea that these individuals have a mismatch between how they perceive the environment and/or their body size and the movements they make.

    A PhD in this area could directly follow on from our work, making a comparison between static and dynamic visual information for judgements and/or considering mediating factors such as movement confidence. Such a project could be carried out in children and/or adults with DCD. The successful applicant will be expected to design, run and analyse experimental data exploring perceptual-motor control using motion capture equipment to track and measure movement. You will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/week during semesters and to participate in a teaching skills course without further remuneration.
    Contact Dr Kate Wilmut: k.wilmut@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements: Applicants should have (or be expecting) a first class or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification in psychology or related cognate discipline (knowledge of research design and statistics is essential). EU Applicants must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    Application procedure: Applications only to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

    Download application form:     
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

    Plus a project proposal (max 2000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed,  applicants can liaise with Kate Wilmut when developing their proposal.

    DBS check is required on enrolment. Cost of this will be covered by the University.

    Please note that there are no funded PhD studentships available at this time.

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment
    School of the Built Environment

    Spatial Planning Research Group

    Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship

    Eligibility: Home/EU and International Students

    Bursary:

    • £14,000 in Year 1
    • £10,000 per year in Years 2 and 3 (with no inflationary increase)
    • In addition, in Years 2 and 3, €2,000 per month for travel and subsistence (including flights to Brazil) will be available while on fieldwork in Rio de Janeiro (12 months in total in Years 2 and 3)
    • NB There may be some flexibility in the timing of fieldwork, keeping the overall budget envelop the same.
    • A further £2,000 is available to cover project costs

    Fees: Tuition fees will be paid by the University for 3 years.

    Deadline: 13 May 2017

    Interview date: 8 June 2017

    Start date: September 2017 or January 2018 (at the latest)

    “Co-Creation: Addressing stigmatization in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods”

    The School of the Built Environment has recently been awarded an EU-funded project under the RISE Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme, entitled ‘Co-Creation’.  The project aims to address urban disadvantage and territorial stigmatization, by bringing together different actors such as researchers, policy makers, residents and artists, to ‘co-create’ understanding about marginalised neighbourhoods and address disadvantage.  The project is being run in collaboration with six other partners within the EU and elsewhere, including the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), in Brazil.

    The School is seeking to recruit a PhD student to contribute to the aims of the overall Co-Creation project with a particular focus on informal settlements (favelas) in Rio de Janeiro.  The PhD student would be expected to spend 12 months in Rio de Janeiro (possibly two 6-month visits), undertaking fieldwork, and working in liaison with the project partners at PUC-Rio.  It is likely that the project will focus on qualitative methods, in order to fully explore the relevant issues.

    Possible topics that would be of interest include (not exclusive):

    Territorial stigmatization and neighbourhood identity

    • Creative production in the city
    • Urban social movements
    • Participation, planning, politics and people
    • Digital ethnography and other qualitative methods to explore these issues.

    The studentship is co-funded by the RISE Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme and Oxford Brookes University (Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment).

    Requirements: We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Candidates would be expected to have a good first degree or Masters in a related subject (e.g. geography, sociology, planning, anthropology, political science etc).  They should be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities, be fluent in spoken and written English, as well as show proficiency in Portuguese.

    The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research experience and skills, subject knowledge and references.

    The successful candidate will work within the Spatial Planning Research Group, under the supervision of Dr Sue Brownill and Dr Juliet Carpenter in the School of the Built Environment.  For further information about the Spatial Planning Research Group, see http://be.brookes.ac.uk/research/spg/index.html.

    Enquiries: Please email Dr Sue Browill (sbrownill@brookes.ac.uk) or Dr Juliet Carpenter (jcarpenter@brookes.ac.uk) with enquires.

    As part of the application, you must submit a detailed research proposal (maximum 1000 words), a CV, and a supporting statement (maximum 300 words).

    How to apply: For further information on how to apply, please email tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk for an application pack, quoting “Co-Creation” in the subject line.

    This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 734770.