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 University, 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.

  • There are currently no funded studentship available.

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Three year full time Oxford Brookes University PhD Research Studentship, funded by the Elizabeth Casson Trust


    (part time considered following discussion)

    Project Title:                        Elizabeth Casson PhD Award


    Director of Studies:            Professor. Helen Dawes (Elizabeth Casson Trust Chair)


    Eligibility:                              UK/EU Applicants who have qualified from a World Federation of Occupational  Therapists approved programme


    Closing Date:                      29th October 2017


    Start date:                           22nd January 2018 (possibility of September 2017 enrolment)


    Bursary:                             £14,553 per annum (pro rata for academic year 2017/18) plus fees and reasonable project costs



    Entry requirement is a Masters degree which has included research training and a research project. In exceptional cases, applicants who have a good honours degree (or equivalent) may apply for direct registration to PhD if they have appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

    Project description:


    The recently established Research Centre within the Oxford Institute for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR) is currently exploring research themes that range from improving mental health and wellbeing management in people with long-term conditions to the development of therapeutic interventions for the ageing population. Projects are being delivered through close relationships between the Centre and its partners: OxINMAHR, Oxford Health (OH), Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) and Higher Education England Thames Valley (HEETV).

    For this studentship, the successful candidate will join the Centre for an exciting opportunity within a new PhD programme. Funded by the Elizabeth Casson Trust, the Elizabeth Casson PhD award aims to develop and promote the evidence base of occupational therapy in order to increase the understanding of the efficacy and unique contribution of occupational therapists to those people with occupational needs within the UK. We invite applications for projects which pursue research in line with this aim. Projects that also align with the evolving UK care agenda are encouraged.

    The successful candidate will be expected to present at relevant scientific meetings and to publish their work. Additionally, the candidate will be required to report on progress to the funders. Appropriate training relevant to undertaking a PhD will be provided.


    Any successful applicant will be subject to a DBS search once they enrol. In view of checking procedures they will be required to exhibit specified documents:


    Further opportunities for PhD studentships will be made available in the future.


    For further information on the project please e-mail Professor Helen Dawes


    There are currently no funded Studentships available.

    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

    Low Carbon Vehicles Group

    Four year full-time funded PhD Studentship

    Eligibility:       Home/EU and International Students


    Bursary:           £16,000 per annum


                            A further £3,000 is available to cover project costs


    Fees:                Tuition fees will be paid by the University.


    Deadline:          25 September 2017


    Start date:        October 2017 or the latest January 2018

    “Electric Powertrain Design and Optimisation”

    The Faculty of Technology Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a four-year full-time PhD studentship to a new student commencing in October 2017.  The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Professor Denise Morrey and her team and with Oxford Brookes Racing Formula Student Team.

    For information about the Low Carbon Vehicles Group, see:

    The Formula Student Team has been very successful with ICE solution for two decades. The Team now wishes to create an advanced electric powertrain-based solution to align with the current trends in Europe.

    The current electric powertrain control relies greatly on the off-the-shelf automotive controllers and much work is to be done to develop and implement highly-optimised advanced powertrain control and power delivery using advanced control strategies. Current controllers and approach do not take account of interactions between sub-systems and, as a result, key attributes such as efficiency do not reach the full potential available within the chosen hardware and controls. 

    This project will develop and apply a new analytical, multi-objective, dynamic, optimisation methodology to simultaneously optimise across multiple vehicle systems, with specific intent to maximise power and range. The project also aims to demonstrate a game changing rapid electronic prototyping strategy that will substantially improve UK Automotive engineering competitiveness.

    The project will seek to identify effective and feasible strategies to enhance performance and range of the test vehicle. The project also aims to develop improved modelling techniques and methodologies for motor mapping. The research activity will ultimately deliver improved, exploitable, fundamental knowledge of motor control and optimisation for performance and range of electric vehicles including associated test strategies.


    We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 4 years. Applicants would be expected to have a good relevant Engineering degree. They should be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

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

    Application Process

    If you would like to apply for this position, you should request an application pack from the Research Support Office,, quoting “PhD Studentship in Electric Powertrain”.

    Fully completed applications must be sent to, by 5.00 pm on Monday 25/09/17. As part of the application process you must submit your CV, along with a supporting statement (2 page maximum) which explains why you believe you are the best candidate for this job. Please be advised that the selection process may involve an interview.


    For all informal requests about the project and this post, please contact Gordana Collier via email: