Research funding opportunities

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

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

    Please note that the UK Government's Postgraduate Doctoral Loan and Postgraduate Masters Loan schemes are also available to eligible students.

    If you are applying for one of the following studentships, you must follow the application guidance detailed at the end of each advert. Do not apply directly via the University's online application system at this stage.

  • There are no funding opportunities available at this time.

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

    3.5 year, full-time PhD Studentship

    Project title: Baculovirus P10 and microtubules; the role of P10 in virus-induced nuclear lysis with possible applications for novel anti-cancer therapies

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

    Closing date: 20 March 2020

    Start date: September 2020

    Bursary p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2019/20 bursary rate is £15,009)

    University fees and bench fees at the Home/EU rate will be met by the industrial sponsor, Oxford Expression Technologies Ltd, for the 3.5 years of the Studentship.

    Supervisors: Professor Linda King, Dr Victor Bolanos-Garcia and Dr Adam Chambers

    Project:

    Baculoviruses are insect-specific viruses that have a fascinating, two-phase replication cycle that in phase one results in the release of budded virus to spread the infection between cells whether in insect larvae or in cultured insect cells. In phase 2, virus particles remain in the nucleus where they become embedded in a proteinaceous matrix to form polyhedra. Polyhedra are released from nuclei following nuclear lysis or disintegration and serve to protect virus particles during horizontal transmission between larvae.

    This project aims to (1) understand the mechanisms involved in baculovirus-induced nuclear lysis to release polyhedra-containing virus particles; (2) investigate the role of cellular microtubules and viral protein P10 in this process through molecular, structural biology and microscopy techniques; and (3) investigate the possibility that by disrupting microtubules, P10 could be developed as a novel anti-mitotic therapeutic in cancer cells. The project would ideally suit an outstanding graduate with a strong interest in the study of virus-host interactions and/or molecular mechanisms of cell division regulation. Training and experience will be provided in a range of modern bioscience techniques including cell culture, virology, molecular biology, structural biology and microscopy

    We are seeking a motivated and talented student to join our multi-disciplinary team working in an excellent research environment in modern well-equipped laboratories, which is in collaboration with Oxford Expression Technologies Ltd (OET), a small biotech company conveniently located within Oxford Brookes Bioinnovation Hub.

    For further information contact Prof Linda King: laking@brookes.ac.uk or Dr Victor Bolanos-Garcia: vbolanos-garcia@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements:
    Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification in Biological Sciences or a related discipline. Some experience in lab-based experimental design, execution and analysis is essential. EU applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre, unless they have completed a degree in English.

    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to: hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk and should include the following form which is available at:
    (http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc)


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (Department of Biomedical and Medical Sciences) and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Department of Social Sciences)

    3 Year, full-time, Interdisciplinary PhD studentship

    Project title: Genomics and population genetics of the only venomous primate – the slow loris

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

     

    Closing date: 31 March 2020

     

    Start date: September 2020

     

    Bursary p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2019/20 bursary rate is £15,009)

     

    University fees and bench fees at the Home/EU rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.

     

    Supervisors include: Dr Ravinder Kanda, Professor Anna Nekaris

     

    Project:

     

    Lorises (along with the other Strepsirrhini - lemurs and bushbabies) are amongst the most basal primates. All species of slow loris are globally threatened on the IUCN Red List and are characterised by a suite of unique morphological characteristics, including that they are one of the few known venomous mammals. Little is known about the genome of this unusual primate, and while most interest in primate evolution has focused on the great apes and monkeys, there is growing interest in understanding the evolutionary history of strepsirrhines. Our main aim in this project is to assemble a whole genome of the slow loris, and explore questions relating to transposable element content in strepsirrhines (transposable elements make up a large proportion of primate genomes). Additionally, we will incorporate analyses relating to the population genetics and dynamics of Javan slow lorises, a population of which we have been studying in the wild since 2011. Using a RAD sequencing and population genetic approach, we will investigate the levels of genetic diversity in this species (both within and between populations).

     

    In this project we will provide training at the nexus of bioinformatics and evolutionary biology. The student will develop skills in bioinformatics, evolutionary/molecular biology and population genetic. There is also the opportunity for the student to spend some time in a biomolecular lab in Indonesia.

    For further information please contact Dr Ravinder Kanda (rkanda@brookes.ac.uk) or Professor Anna Nekaris (anekaris@brookes.ac.uk).

    Requirements:

     

    We seek an enthusiastic student with an interest in genomics as well as primate evolution and ecology. A large component of this project will be computational - prospective applicants should either have a computational UG degree with some experience of molecular/evolutionary genetics, or a molecular biology/genetics UG degree, with some experience of bioinformatics (familiarity with Perl, R, Linux).

     

    Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification. EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.  

     

    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk and should include the following application form
    (http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc).

     


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

     

    Department of Biomedical and Medical Sciences

    3 Year, full-time PhD studentship

    Project title: Museum genomics for understanding species decline and extinction

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

     

    Closing date: 22 April 2020

     

    Start date: September 2020

     

    Bursary p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2020/2021 £15,285)

     

    University fees and bench fees at the Home/EU rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.

     

    Supervisors: Dr. Saad Arif, Prof. Tim Shreeve, Dr. Michael Gerth, Dr. Maria DS Nunes

     


    Project:

     

    Background and Aims:

    Genetic diversity is part of biodiversity. The current biodiversity crisis is not only resulting in loss of species but rapid erosion of genetic diversity within species, increasing the likelihood of extinction. Advances in sequencing technologies, including those that can be applied to historic specimens, allows for charting genome-wide changes in genetic diversity through time.  Additionally, high-resolution genomic data can identify specific genetic changes associated with species declines. Butterfly species are particularly responsive to changes in the environment and offer an excellent opportunity to understand the genomic basis of the decline and local extinction in general. This project contributes to the integration of genomic studies into conservation programmes, using two butterfly case studies (Black-veined white and Wood white) with contrasting extinction process pathways.

     

    Methodology and Training:

     

    In this project the PhD student will collaborate with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH), Natural History Museum (NHM London) and other museums across the UK and Europe to obtain a temporally-spaced sampling of Black-veined white and Wood white specimens. Some field work, in the UK and Europe, for collecting specimens and some ecological data from extant populations will also be required. Molecular work will involve DNA extraction from fresh and 100-200 year old dried museum samples. The student will use whole genomic data and/or reduced representation genomic data (e.g. HyRAD) to understand the genomic consequences of species’ decline and local extinction and the implications for conservation and reintroduction. Training in molecular work, bioinformatics and population genomics will be provided by the Centre of Functional Genomics at Oxford Brookes University. 

     


    For further information contact Dr Saad Arif: sarif@brookes.ac.uk or Prof. Tim Shreeve: tgshreeve@brookes.ac.uk

     

    Requirements:
    Applicants should have  a first or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification in Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Conservation or related  discipline (excellent communication and quantitative skills are essential). A strong interest in one or more of the following: bioinformatics, genomics and conservation is essential. EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.  

     


    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk and should include the following form
    (http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc)

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    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Three year full-time funded PhD Studentships

    Eligibility:                   Home/EU

    Bursary:                     £15,000 plus £1,500 research expenses per annum for a maximum of three years

    Fees:                           Home/EU fees met by Oxford Brookes University

    Deadline:                    The closing date for applications is 13.00 on Thursday 20th February 2020

    Interview date:           Interviews will be held week commencing 23 March 2020

    Start date:                  week commencing 14 September 2020

    Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer three full-time PhD Studentships within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Proposals are invited under the following themes, from within and across all the disciplines represented in our Faculty:

    • Refugees and Migration
    • Children and Young People
    • Gender, Diversity and Inclusion
    • Environment and Sustainability

    We have a large, lively and growing postgraduate community working here in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, a group of impressive and dynamic students who are leading the way in cutting-edge research. We are passionate about fostering the careers of our early career researchers during their time here, and ensuring they gain both practical and academic research skills, training and leadership experience as integral parts of the doctoral programmes we offer. Oxford Brookes provides both a great place to study and an opportunity to belong to a doctoral learning community which nurtures excellence in research and scholarship. It is a great place to share exciting research and learning with academic colleagues.

    The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University is an exciting arena for research. There are three Schools, two Departments and one Institute, together representing a wide range of opportunities for disciplinary, and interdisciplinary, work. For further information on our areas of research excellence, and individual staff members' research expertise, interested candidates are advised to visit our faculty and departmental web pages: Education, English and Modern Languages, History, Philosophy and Culture, Law, Social Sciences and the Institute of Public Care.

    Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential Directors of Studies to discuss their proposal, prior to making an application and details about potential supervisors can be found on the faculty and departmental webpages noted above.

    Successful applicants will also be able to access various Faculty, School and Departmental events and training sessions offered through our Doctoral Training Programme; we want the experience of joining in this academic community to represent an enriching and positive learning environment and to involve membership of an intellectual community, with all the opportunities for networking and collaborating that such connections afford.

    The University has adopted equality, diversity and inclusion as core values. We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates whatever their background.

    How to apply: For further information including details of how to apply, please contact: hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk.



    The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 

    de Rohan Scholarship offered for candidates applying for the  MA by Research programme

     We are pleased to offer two Rohan Scholarships to two full-time or part-time students studying on one of the following programmes:  MA Creative Writing, MA English, MA History, or MA by Research in the History of Art for September 2020 entry.  The scholarships are open to both Home/EU and International Students (international students full-time only)

     

    The scholarship will provide a £1,000 payment towards the costs of your tuition fees and will be awarded on the basis of a personal statement.

     

    The de Rohan Scholarship is gifted by the de Rohan family in memoriam of their family members who met and fell in love whilst studying at Oxford Brookes.

     

    Margaret de Rohan writes: 

     

     Named for Alison (née de Rohan) and Francis Gaillard, who met and fell in love while reading for their BA degrees at Oxford Polytechnic in the early 1980s. They married in September 1985 and had their honeymoon in the Greek Islands. A year later they returned to Greece to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

     

    A few months later - on 6 March 1987 - after a day trip to Bruges to see some of the art treasures there, they died together, within sight of Zeebrugge harbour, when 'The Herald of Free Enterprise' ferry capsized and sank in less than three minutes. One hundred and ninety one other people also died that tragic day.

     

    In early November 2005, my husband, Maurice, was diagnosed with cancer. Despite a major operation and six months of chemo-therapy, he lost his valiant fight on 5 October 2006, and once again our family suffered a devastating loss.

     

    But out of tragedy, good can often flow. It is now my great pleasure to establish a new postgraduate Scholarship - 'The de Rohan Scholarship' - in memory of Alison, Francis and Maurice - which will provide a postgraduate Scholarship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for the MA courses in Creative Writing, English or History and for the MA by Research in Art History."

     

    The closing date for applications for the scholarship is 17:00, Friday 19 June 2020. Please note applications will only be accepted from students who have already been made a conditional or unconditional offer by Oxford Brookes University. Please also note that International students are only eligible for FT scholarships.

     

    • If you are a home/EU student and would like further information, eligibility, and details of how to apply please see here
    • If you are an international student and would like further information, eligibility, and details of how to apply, please contact the scholarship administrator, Charmian Hearne at chearne@brookes.ac.uk

    If you are specifically interested in the MA by Research in Art History, and would like further information, eligibility, and details of how to apply, please see here

    Application forms can be downloaded here:

    International form

    Home/EU form

     

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

    Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship

    Eligibility: Home/EU and International students

    Bursary: £16536 per year, which will increase by inflation each year

    Fees: Tuition fees will be paid by the university

    Deadline for applying: Friday 17 April 2020

    Start date: September 2020

    “PhD Studentship in Computer Science for Cyber Security”

     

    The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at Oxford Brookes University is seeking an independent and highly motivated candidate from a science or technology discipline. The candidate should be highly motivated to work in computer systems for cyber security.

    Brief Project Description

    The successful candidate will join our growing research group on cyber security to complement our rapidly growing taught programmes in computer science for cyber security. The candidate will contribute original research on cyber security one of the following areas:  e-health, autonomous systems, mobile applications. The candidate will become part of the existing team of cyber security researchers and the research groups working in these areas.

    The essential selection criteria include:

    • At least an upper second class degree (preferably MSc) in a Science or Technology  discipline.
    • Knowledge and experience of cyber security threats and mitigation techniques.
    • Provide evidence of good secure software engineering skills
    • Capability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Excellent written and oral communication, and organisational skills. Proficiency in written English is required.
    • A real passion and commitment for research.

    The successful candidate will:

    • Collaborate with students and staff from across the School
    • Carry out original research contributing to the School’s work on cyber security
    • Develop system models to provide a platform for investigating and analysing security threats
    • Develop a resilient software engineering approach for a secure system architecture in one of the areas identified above.
    • Participate in research meetings, travel to partner institutions and undertake supplementary research methods training.

    Application Process:

    Please request an application pack from the Research Support Office, tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk, quoting “PhD Studentship in Computer Science for Cyber Security”.

    Fully completed applications must be sent to tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk, by 17.00 on Friday 17 April 2020. As part of the application process you will be required to upload a cover letter, a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application. Please be advised that the selection process will involve an interview.

     

    Information:

    For all informal requests about the project and this studentship, please contact Dr Tjeerd Olde Scheper (tvolde-scheper@brookes.ac.uk).