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.
    • The UK Government's Postgraduate Doctoral Loan and Postgraduate Masters Loan schemes are also available to eligible students.
    • For research opportunities that require students to self-fund fees and living costs, visit the Other research degree opportunities page.

    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.

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    Oxford Brookes University

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

    Department of Biomedical and Medical Sciences

    Jointly with Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department of Social Sciences

    3 Year, full-time PhD studentship

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

    Eligibility: UK, EU & International Students

    Fees:  Tuition fees up to Home/EU level will be paid by the University. Any international student awarded the studentship would need to cover the difference between international and Home/EU fees. Please note, fees increase by 4% annually. 

    Closing date: 9 October 2020

     Start date: January 2021

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

    Supervisors: Dr Ravinder Kanda, Professor Anna Nekaris, and Professor Vincent Nijman

    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 genome evolution. A sample has been obtained for sequencing (a combination of long-read and short read sequencing). 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 bioinformatics and 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).

     

    There are no funding opportunities available at the moment

    Oxford Brookes University

     School of Architecture, CENDEP

    3 year, full-time funded PhD Studentship –

    Title: Youth, Disability and the Humanitarian-Development Nexus

    Funding for: UK, EU & International Students

    Funding amount: £15,009 per annum (with no inflation increase) for three years

    Fieldwork allowance: £3,000 for 3 years

    Fees: Tuition fees up to Home/EU level will be paid by the University. Any international student awarded the studentship would need to cover the difference between international and Home/EU fees. Please note, fees increase by 4% annually.

    Hours: Full-time

    Closing date:    21 October 2020

    Studentship start date: 20 January 2021

    Primary supervisor: Dr Supriya Akerkar

    Project Details: The role of youth as change makers, innovators, and leaders in meeting the sustainable development goals is highlighted by the UN. Yet, the capacities and potential of youth with disabilities is routinely unrecognised with many facing social, economic, and cultural marginalisation. Young women with disabilities face further deep rooted gender and disability prejudices.

    In the contexts of protracted crisis and displacement, there is a call for a ‘humanitarian- development nexus’ and to leave no one behind. However, more knowledge and new theoretical discussion is needed to conceptualise what this nexus may mean in terms of inclusive development in the context of protracted crisis/displacement, with approaches that enable youth with disabilities to participate and lead inclusive change.

    We call for PhD research proposals that aim to increase our understanding in this area; capacity and barriers of young people with disabilities to become change-makers and active contributors to the SDG goals. Proposals should develop the questions identified here in a particular geographical and political context. Studies could be both qualitative and quantitative, with particular care for an appropriate and innovative methodology.

    Theoretically we seek interdisciplinary proposals at the intersection of development- humanitarian, disabilities -displacement/refugee- and- youth studies. Methodologically, we seek proposals that plan to adopt alternative methods: linguistic (ie deaf language), visual, forms of art as expressions for understanding challenges and aspirations of youth with disabilities to unravel development-humanitarian nexus.

    The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Supriya Akerkar [BH1] and Professor Cathrine Brun[BH2].

    Entry requirements: We seek a highly competent candidate to submit their PhD thesis within 3 years. Candidates should have Masters in related subject (e.g. disability, development, sociology, geography, anthropology, humanitarian), demonstrate strong interdisciplinary research capabilities, and fluent spoken and written English.

    The selection criteria will consider academic excellence, research experience/skills, and subject knowledge in addition to relevance and quality of the research proposal.

    Please submit a CV, covering letter and a research proposal of up to 10 pages, that includes clear research aims/questions, justification for study, some overview of existing literature, description of methodology and a timeline.

    If shortlisted, an online interview will be conducted before final selection.

    Contact details: Please contact Dr Akerkar (sakerkar@brookes.ac.uk) for informal enquiries.

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

    Oxford Brookes University

    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

    Three-year, full-time funded PhD Studentship - Analysing and Testing AI Applications

    Qualification Type: PhD

    Location: Oxford

    Funding for: UK/EU Students, International Students

    Funding amount: £15,009 per annum (with no inflation increase) for three years;

    Fieldworkallowance:  £3,000 for 3 years

    Hours: Full Time

    Closes:  16 October 2020         

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

    Primary supervisor: Professor Hong Zhu

    Short Introductory Paragraph

    The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics are offering a 3-year full-time PhD Studentship. It includes an annual bursary of £15,009 for three years (no annual increase) and fees up to the Home/EU level. Any international student awarded the studentship would need to cover the difference between international and Home/EU fees. Please note, fees increase by 4% annually. The studentship has a start date of 20 January 2021. A June or September 2021 start is also possible.

    Full Project Detail

    The goal of the project is to develop a methodology for analysing and testing AI applications. The research question is how to generate test cases, measure test adequacy and checking correctness in testing AI applications.

    The successful candidate will be supervised by Prof. Hong Zhu and Dr Ian Bayley and will expand existing work and conduct case studies.
    Requirements

     

    We are looking for a highly competent candidate to submit PhD thesis within 3 years. Candidates are expected to have at least an upper second-class degree (or equivalent) and/or Masters in a related subject (e.g. Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence).  They should demonstrate strong research skills and be fluent in spoken and written English. The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence and subject knowledge.

    Contact details

     

    For informal enquiries, email Prof. Hong Zhu at: hzhu@brookes.ac.uk.

    How to apply

    Please email tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk for an application pack, quoting “Analysis and Testing of AI Applications


     

     


     

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