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 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 currently no funded Studentships available.

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Centre for Psychological Research

    Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development 

    Integrating green spaces and urban farming: Feasibility and acceptability of ‘edible streets’
    3 Year Full Time PhD Studentship 

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

    Closing date: 5 November 2021

    Interviews: W/C: 22 November 2021

    Start Date: January 2022

    Bursary: equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend currently £15,609 - 2021/2022.

    University Course fees and Bench fees: at the Home rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship 

    Supervisors: Dr Emma Davies, Dr Sangeetha Thondre, Dr Mina Samangooei


    Project:

    We are in a climate and ecological emergency with temperatures set to rise placing enormous strain on the infrastructure relied upon for food, water and power. Architects and built environment professionals are looking at how food production could be integrated with buildings and streets to promote sustainable urban environments (Samangooei, 2016).

    The Broken Plate Report (2021) found that people in more deprived local authorities have increased access to unhealthy food and COVID-19 highlighted need for community cohesion to sustain mental and physical health. The creation of ‘edible streets’ – shared growing areas within neighbourhoods – may be a way to improve health, wellbeing, social connectedness and increase accessibility to nutritious food. The benefits of community gardens and other urban agriculture initiatives are known. This research will investigate the feasibility of bringing these benefits directly where people live - in their streets. 

    This interdisciplinary studentship, with supervisors from psychology, nutrition and architecture, will use a psychologically underpinned approach to understanding the acceptability and feasibility of integrating edible streets into urban areas. Our research groups value co-production and employ systematic frameworks for intervention development (e.g. Behaviour Change Wheel). 

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching a week during semesters without further remuneration. Training will be given. 

    For further information: Dr Emma Davies edavies@brookes.ac.uk 

    Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. A Master’s degree would be an advantage.  EU Applicants with Settled Status in the UK must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued within the last two years from an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/knowledge-of-english 

    Application procedure:

    Applicants should request an application form from hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk .

    Complete applications should include a proposed project proposal (max 1000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed, applicants can liaise with

    Dr Emma Davies when developing their proposal.

    Completion of a DBS check is required on enrolment the cost of this will be covered by the University.

     


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

     

    Centre for Psychological Research, Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development  

    Self and emotion in depression  

    3 Year Full Time PhD Studentship  

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

     

    Closing date: Friday 5 November 2021

     

    Interviews: W/C: 22 November 2021

     

    Start Date:  January 2022

     

    Bursary: equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend £15,609 – 2021/2022

     

    University Course fees and Bench fees: at the Home rate will be met by the University for the

     

    3 years of the Studentship  

    Supervisors: Dr Sanjay Kumar and Dr Michael Pilling  

    Project

    A range of research has indicated a bias for information associated with the self in attention, perception and memory. Similar biases have also been observed with emotional stimuli. Some studies from our lab indicate that individuals show self-related bias in attention and memory and they can integrate self and positive emotion information to show even larger self-biases. Our studies also suggest that individuals with depression show systematically reduced self-biases for both happy and sad emotional stimuli (McIvor, Sui, Malhotra, Drury & Kumar, 2021).  

    The proposed PhD will extend this line of research. The PhD candidate will investigate the role of self and emotion in biased information processing in individuals with depression using behavioural experiments, EEG/ERP and TMS. The project will be supervised by Dr Sanjay Kumar and Dr Michael Pilling at Oxford Brookes University. The successful candidate would be expected to present at scientific meetings and publish.  

    There is an additional requirement to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/week during semesters and to participate in a teaching skills course without further remuneration.

     

    For further information contact: Dr Sanjay Kumar (skumar@brookes.ac.uk)  

    Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification in psychology or related cognate discipline (e.g., Neuroscience, Natural Sciences). A Master’s degree would be an advantage, as would previous research and/or professional experience of working with parents.  EU Applicants with Settled Status in the UK must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued within the last two years from an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     

    https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/knowledge-of-english
    Application procedure:
    Applicants should request an application form from hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk .

     

    Complete applications should include a proposed project proposal (max 1000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed. 

     

    Completion of a DBS check is required on enrolment the cost of this will be covered by the University. 




    There are no funding opportunities available at the moment.

     Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

    School of the Built Environment  

    PhD Studentship - Co-creating Equitable and Sustainable Urban Environments using Visualising Technologies  

    Eligibility:         Home/EU Students and International Students 

    Bursary:          £15,609 per annum 

    Fees:               Tuition fees up to Home level will be paid by the University 

    Deadline:         Wednesday 13 October 2021                                                         

     Start date:       January 2022 

    £3,000 will be available to cover the cost of Fieldwork during Studentship  

    Project Description

    The School of the Built Environment is offering a 3-year full-time PhD Studentship titled, ‘Co-creating Equitable and Sustainable Urban Environments using Visualising Technologies’.  

    The aim of this research is to contribute to the rapidly emerging world of visualising technology and how this can be harnessed to co-create more equitable and sustainable urban environments.  

    The Co-Creation method promotes new interactions between partners, and provides a safe environment for shared knowledge production. A key component of this approach is the use of creative methods to harness different community voices.  

    Visualising technologies, such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) provide a sufficiently realistic experience to make judgements on practical measures of how public space can be configured around more sustainable and equitable design and therefore increase public participation in the planning process.  

    The Studentship will develop innovative participatory research approaches to understand how VR/AR can be used with community stakeholders in the co-production of designs that contribute to shaping more sustainable and equitable neighbourhoods.  

    This interdisciplinary study will aim to support the cross-university Research and Knowledge Exchange Networks/themes.  

    Requirements  

    EU students with pre-settled or settled status may be eligible for home fees (see eligibility criteria). International or other EU students would need to cover the difference between international/EU and Home fees. Please note, fees increase by 4% annually.  

    Applicants will have an interest in planning and designing for sustainable mobility, spatial equity, and mixed or participatory and co-creative methods. Technical skills in the production of GIS and VR/AR visualisations and/or applications such as 3D modelling software are essential.  

    Some experience of engaging the public through participatory research and knowledge of mixed and co-creative methods would be advantageous.  

    Candidates should have at least an upper second-class degree (or equivalent) and/or Masters in a related subject (e.g. sociology, urban geography/planning, anthropology, environmental studies, computer science). They should be able to demonstrate strong interdisciplinary research capabilities and be fluent in English.  

    The supervisory team - Dr Tim Jones, Dr Ben Spencer and Dr Avar Almukhtar - have overlapping expertise in the fields of mobility, gerontology and planning/urban design using AR/VR.   

    Contact details

    Dr Tim Jones -  tjones@brookes.ac.uk  for informal enquiries.  

    How to apply

    Email:  tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk  for an application pack, quoting “Co-creating Equitable and Sustainable Urban” in the subject line.