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.

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    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Three year full time (part time considered following discussion) PhD Research Studentship, funded by the Elizabeth Casson Trust 

    Project Title: Elizabeth Casson PhD Award 

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

    Eligibility: UK/EU Applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU and who have qualified from a World Federation of Occupational Therapists approved programme) 

    Closing Date: 19th February 2017 

    Start date: 3rd April 2017 

    Value pa: Full Time Bursary of £14,296 per annum (pro rata for academic year 2016/17) plus fees and reasonable project costs 

    Requirements: 
    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 1st class or minimum 2.1 (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. 

    EU Applicants requirement for English language 
    A valid IELTS Academic Test Certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 6.5 to 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre. 

    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  

    We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability. 

    Project : 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. The candidate will be required to report on progress to the funders. Appropriate training relevant will be provided. 

    Any successful applicant will be subject to a DBS search once they enrol and they will be required to exhibit specified documents: 
    https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/documents-the-applicant-must-provide-  

    For further information on the project e-mail Prof. Helen Dawes, hdawes@brookes.ac.uk  

    How to apply Download application from 

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

    With application enclose a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre. 

    Applications only accepted by e-mail: hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk  



     

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    We are pleased to offer a full-time PhD Studentship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, starting in September 2017.  Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in The Impact of Globalization on Post-Soviet Societies. The supervisory team will be led by Dr Sarah Whitmore, Dr Rico Isaacs and Dr. Jon Wheatley. This proposed PhD project will explore the impact of globalisation on post-Soviet societies with the aim of analysing how processes associated with globalisation have unfolded and impacted upon the political behaviour of post-Soviet citizens and elites. A full project description will be included in the application pack.

     The successful candidate will receive an annual payment of £16,000 as a stipend towards living expenses for a maximum of three years. 

     Home/EU fees will be covered by the Department for a maximum of three years. The studentships are open to both Home/EU and International students. However, owing to the funding available, awards will be funded at the level of Home/EU research degree fees. Therefore International applicants should be aware that they would need to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International research degree fees each year. Please note that all fees rise by approximately 4% each year.

      Please see this page for information on current International fees:

     http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---international-students/research-degree-fees-for-international-students/

     information on current Home/EU fees:

     http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---uk-and-eu-students/research-degree-fees/

     As a successful applicant, you will join a supportive and research-active Department.  For more information on the Department of Social Sciences visit http://www.social-sciences.brookes.ac.uk/

    Eligibility: We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the Studentship start date. The Studentship holder may also be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Directors of Studies (swhitmore@brookes.ac.uk, ricoisaacs@brookes.ac.uk and jwheatley@brookes.ac.uk) prior to making an application.

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is 13.00 on Tuesday 21st February 2017.

    Interview date: Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the deadline.

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    How to apply: To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please contact hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk

    Please specify which studentship you are applying for by quoting the following in the subject heading:  HSS008, Whitmore/Isaacs

    Oxford Brookes University 

     

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

     

    We are pleased to offer a full-time PhD Studentship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, starting in September 2017.  Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in Regulating the financial abuse of religious capital through the English law on fraud and undue influence. The supervisory team will be led by Prof Peter Edge. This proposed PhD project seeks to address the application of general criminal and civil law doctrines of fraud, and civil law doctrines of undue influence, to the exercise of religious power. A full project description will be included in the application pack. 

     

    The successful candidate will receive an annual payment of £16,000 as a stipend towards living expenses for a maximum of three years. 

     

    Home/EU fees will be covered by the School for a maximum of three years. The studentships are open to both Home/EU and International students. However, owing to the funding available, awards will be funded at the level of Home/EU research degree fees. Therefore  International applicants should be aware that they would need to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International research degree fees each year. Please note that all fees rise by approximately 4% each year.  

     

    Please see this page for information on current International fees:

     

    http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---international-students/research-degree-fees-for-international-students/

     

    Information on current Home/EU fees:

     

    http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---uk-and-eu-students/research-degree-fees/

     

    As a successful applicant, you will join a supportive and research-active Department.  For more information on the School of Law visit http://www.brookes.ac.uk/school-of-law/

    Eligibility: We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the Studentship start date. The Studentship holder may also be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English. 

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Director of Studies (pwedge@brookes.ac.uk) prior to making an application.

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is 13.00 on Tuesday 21st February 2017.

    Interview date: Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the deadline.

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    How to apply: To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please contact hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk

    Please specify which studentship you are applying for by quoting the following in the subject heading:  HSS001, Edge/Vickers.

    Oxford Brookes University

     

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

     

    We are pleased to offer a full-time PhD Studentship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, starting in September 2017.  Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in The Air Disaster in Post-War Britain, c. 1940-1990.  The project will be co-supervised by Dr Tom Crook and Dr Viviane Quirke. This proposed PhD project offers an outstanding student the chance to conduct research into an entirely neglected aspect of the history of risk and the culture of safety in post-war Britain: the aeroplane crash or “air disaster”. He or she will join a vibrant and expanding community of doctoral students with access to world-class resources. A full project description will be included in the application pack. 

     

    The successful candidate will receive an annual payment of £16,000 as a stipend towards living expenses for a maximum of three years. 

     

    The studentships are open to both Home/EU and International students. Home/EU fees will be covered by the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion for a maximum of three years. However, International applicants should be aware that they would need to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International research degree fees each year. Please note that all fees rise by approximately 4% each year. Please see this page for information on current International fees:

     

    http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---international-students/research-degree-fees-for-international-students/

     

    For information on current Home/EU fees: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---uk-and-eu-students/research-degree-fees/

     

    As a successful applicant, you will join a supportive and research-active Department.  For more information on the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion, please visit http://www.brookes.ac.uk/hpr/.

    Eligibility: We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the Studentship start date. The Studentship holder may also be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Directors of Studies (tcrook@brookes.ac.uk and vquirke@brookes.ac.uk ) to discuss their application.

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is 13.00 on Tuesday 21st February 2017.

    Interview date: Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the deadline.

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    How to apply: To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please contact hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk. Please specify which studentship you are applying for by quoting the following in the subject heading:  HSS003, Crook/Quirke

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

     

    Sasakawa Masters by Research Studentship:

    Deadline: 27 February 2017

    The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to invite applications for the Sasakawa Masters by Research Studentship in Japanese studies, made possible through the generosity of The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. 

     

    We offer a broad range of expertise in contemporary Japanese culture, but candidates interested in religion (history or anthropology), death and dying, ageing and social issues, gender and the body, cinema, arts, or linguistics are especially encouraged to apply. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is home to the Europe Japan Research Centre, and we are one of the only Universities in the UK offering a specialisation in the anthropology of Japan.

    The faculty can nominate candidates for a Masters by Research for a studentship of £10,000, for the 2017/2018 academic year.

    Please note that although you may use your studentship to help towards the cost of your fees, you will be responsible for paying your fees. Please see this page for information on current

     

    Home/EU fees: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---uk-and-eu-students/research-degree-fees/

    Candidate Criteria:

     

    • You must have a good first degree (a good 2:1 or above) or be predicted to obtain one.
    • You must be either a UK citizen (regardless of your current residency) or settled in the UK or have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of your MA course. 
    • The research proposal must focus on Japan.
    • It is important that you and your referees comment on your skill in Japanese in the areas of reading, composition and speaking.
    • Interviews may partly be conducted in conversational Japanese.
    • Candidates must have submitted an application for admission by the Studentship application deadline. 

     


    How to apply:

     

    You will need to follow the standard university application procedure. Please contact the Research Administrator Terri Morris:  tmorris@brookes.ac.uk for further details.

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Monday 27 February 2017.

    Start date:September 2017.

     


     

     


     

     

     PhD studentship on Reducing the Energy Performance Gap in Housing

     

    Oxford Brookes University

     

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

     

    Low Carbon Building Research Group, School of Architecture

    The Low Carbon Building (LCB) Research Group of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) and School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University are pleased to offer a three-year full-time PhD Studentship starting in March 2017. The studentship is funded by Oxford Brookes University to mark its 150th Anniversary and Industry.

     

    The successful applicant will receive an annual bursary of £11,000 for three years (with no inflation increase) and the fees will be paid by the University. The successful candidate will be based within the LCB Group, under the supervision of Professor Rajat Gupta (Director of OISD and LCB Group).

    Topic of research: Reducing the energy performance gap in housing

     

    The UK Government has set ambitious targets for incremental changes to building regulatory standards, in order to reduce energy use from new housing. Despite this driver, many low carbon solutions are untested, creating a gap between ‘design intent’ (modelled) and ‘in-use’  (measured) energy performance, with the result that even new low carbon housing is using up to three times the energy predicted by models. This is why concern is growing that this energy performance gap has the potential to undermine national carbon reduction targets and carry considerable commercial risk for the wider house building sector. Given this context, the doctoral research study will be designed to understand, evaluate and minimize the effect of the energy performance gap on actual housing performance, both from a technical, and occupants’ perspective. The underlying approach will be case-study based, drawing from building performance evaluation (BPE) techniques combining empirical (quantitative and qualitative) methods of data collection with statistical (SPSS) and social science (Nvivo) methods for data analysis. The BPE techniques will include: in-situ building performance monitoring; building performance diagnostics including thermography; handover reviews; post-occupancy evaluation and field studies of thermal comfort.

    As a successful applicant, you will join an internationally leading research group and will be expected to contribute to the wider research activities of the LCB Group.  

     

    For further information about the LCB group, please visit http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/lowcarbonbuilding/index.html and Professor Rajat Gupta’s web page: http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/staff/rajatgupta.html   

    Eligibility: Applications are invited from Home/EU/International students. We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the Studentship start date. The Studentship holder may also be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also 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.

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Friday 20 January 2017

    Interview date: Interviews will be held in the last week of January 2017

    Start date: April 2017

    How to apply: If you would like to apply you should request an application pack from, tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk quoting ‘PhD studentship on Reducing the Energy Performance Gap in Housing’ in the subject line.

    As part of the application you must submit a maximum three page outline research proposal on the topic of research - Reducing the Energy Performance Gap in Housing (instructions on how to prepare a research proposal can be found on the Brookes website: http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/proposals.html), together with a supporting statement of no more than 300 words summarising:

     

    • Your reasons for undertaking this project;
    • Preparation undertaken and previous research experience;
    • How this bursary will make a difference to your research.

    For further information, please consult our website: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/students/research-degrees-team/prospective-students/research-students/research-funding-opportunities/

    Low Carbon Building (LCB) Research Group is a global leader in the fields of carbon counting; building performance evaluation (BPE); advanced low-carbon refurbishment, climate change adaptation and low carbon communities. The group’s carbon counting research has influenced policy development at both national and international levels. It has been responsible for development, testing and refinement of UNEP’s Global Common Carbon Metric protocol (currently developed into an ISO standard). The group has been heavily involved in projects funded by Innovate UK’s (formerly Technology Strategy Board) Building performance evaluation, Retrofit for the Future, Invest in Innovative Refurbishment, Future Cities Solutions and Localised energy systems competitions. Since 2010, the group has attracted £5million external research funding including a £1.14 million RCUK funded 4-year project on evaluating impacts, effectiveness and success of low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours (EVALOC). See: http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/lowcarbonbuilding/index.html

     

    Recently LCB Group’s research project on community energy and smart storage won two prestigious Energy Awards 2016 http://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/news/energy-saving-community-project-wins-prestigious-energy-awards/  while the group’s research project on  performance evaluation of an innovative, low energy and in-situ refurbishment historic town council building was short-listed for the RIBA President’s Award for Research 2016 http://www.brookes.ac.uk/About-Brookes/News/Academics-shortlisted-for-prestigious-RIBA-research-award/