Research funding opportunities

  • Full details of all funding opportunities will be advertised on this web 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 web page to find out more about the range of subject areas offered within our research communities, centres, groups, academic faculties and schools.

  • Santander MPhil/PhD Scholarships - 2018/2019

    Santander is awarding Research Degree scholarships for MPhil/PhD students studying full-time in years 1 - 3 or part-time in years 1 - 4 at Oxford Brookes.

    -  The Scholarship will provide £2,500 towards the fees for the current academic year 2018/2019 for current MPhil/PhD students studying full-time in years 1 - 3 or part-time in years 1 - 4.

    -  Your application for Registration must have been approved by the appropriate Research Degrees Committee subject Sub-Committee: the Humanities, Environment and Social Sciences Sub-Committee or the Science and Technology Sub-Committee

    Part-time students should note that if the award exceeds the fees due for the next academic year, the remainder will be carried forward towards the fees for the following year.

    Awards cannot be deferred.

    Please note that candidates receiving awards from other sources of funding which cover all their tuition fees will not be eligible for a Santander Research Degree Scholarship; eligibility is not affected by funding covering just maintenance costs.

    The scholarship aims to reward the most academically gifted students.

    To apply you must be:

      * a graduate from a university in the Santander Universidades Scheme

      * be actively enrolled and engaged in your research on the MPhil/PhD programme studying full-time in years 1 – 3 or part-time in years 1 – 4.

      * Your application for Registration must have been approved by the appropriate Research Degree Committee subject Sub-Committee: the Humanities, Environment and Social Sciences Sub-Committee or the Science and Technology Sub-Committee

    To find out if your University is part of the Santander Universidades Scheme, please refer to the list of Santander Universities and Institutions.

    How Do I Apply?

    To apply please complete the application form and ask a member of your current Supervisory Team to provide a reference to support your application. The application form and referee form can be downloaded via the links below.

    Application Form

    Reference Form

    The deadline for receipt of complete applications (including reference) is Friday 26 October 2018.

    All applications should be sent by email to asa-pgrscholarships@brookes.ac.uk

    The successful candidates will be notified by Friday 9 November 2018 at the latest.

    Please note: Under the terms of the Scheme, contact details for all applicants who apply for this award will be passed on to Santander.  In addition as part of accepting the award, scholarship winners must be prepared to appear in publicity and attend certificate presentation events organised by Santander and Oxford Brookes University.

    For further information or if you have any questions about the scheme, please email: asa-pgrscholarships@brookes.ac.uk


    Santander Scholarships for International Conferences or Fieldwork

    Santander is awarding Research Degree scholarships for MPhil/PhD students studying full-time in years 1 - 3 or part-time in years 1 - 4 at Oxford Brookes.

    -  The Scholarship will provide costs of up to £560 towards attendance at an international conference, or towards the costs of carrying out fieldwork or the equivalent research activity abroad, during the current academic year 2018/2019. The scholarships are for current MPhil/PhD students studying full-time in years 1-3 or part-time in years 1-4.

    -  Your application for Registration must have been approved by the appropriate Research Degrees Committee subject Sub-Committee: the Humanities, Environment and Social Sciences Sub-Committee or the Science and Technology Sub-Committee.

    Awards cannot be deferred.

    To apply you must be:

      * a graduate from a university in the Santander Universidades Scheme

      * be actively enrolled and engaged in your research on the MPhil/PhD programme studying full-time in years 1 – 3 or part-time in years 1 – 4.

      * Your application for Registration must have been approved by the appropriate Research Degree Committee subject Sub-Committee: the Humanities, Environment and Social Sciences Sub-Committee or the Science and Technology Sub-Committee

    Please note that funds for successful applications will be paid upon the provision of receipts for the expenditure, and not in advance of booking.

    To find out if your University is part of the Santander Universidades Scheme, please refer to the list of Santander Universities and Institutions.

    How Do I Apply?

    To apply, please complete the application form and ask a member of your current Supervisory Team to provide a reference to support your application. The application form and referee form can be downloaded via the links below.

    Application Form

    Reference Form

    The deadline for receipt of complete applications (including reference) is Friday 26 October 2018.

    All applications should be sent by email to asa-pgrscholarships@brookes.ac.uk

    The successful candidates will be notified by Friday 9 November 2018 at the latest.

    Please note: Under the terms of the Scheme, contact details for all applicants who apply for this award will be passed on to Santander.  In addition as part of accepting the award, scholarship winners must be prepared to appear in publicity and attend certificate presentation events organised by Santander and Oxford Brookes University.

    For further information or if you have any questions about the scheme, please email: asa-pgrscholarships@brookes.ac.uk

    There are no funding opportunities available at the moment.
    There are not funding opportunities available at the moment.

    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

    3.5 years, full-time funded PhD Studentship in 2D materials and Graphene

    Eligibility:         Home/EU and International Students

    Bursary:            £17,142 per year

    Fees:                 Tuition fees will be paid by the University

    Deadline:          15 October 2018

    Start date:         21 January 2019

    The Faculty of Technology Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University is seeking a highly motivated candidate from an Engineering, Materials, Physics or Chemistry disciplinary background who has strong experimental/analytical skills (or would be able and willing to develop them) to undertake a PhD within the EPSRC research project “Development of sustainable, eco-friendly, and industrially scalable ultrasound assisted liquid phase exfoliation processing technologiesfor manufacturing two-dimensional advanced functional materials (EcoUltra2D)”.

    Brief Project Description

    Research will exploit ultrasonic cavitation technologies to develop a clean, environmentally friendly, and scaled-up manufacturing process for next generation two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials.

    The successful candidate will join a collaborative team working on the application of ultrasonic processing to a variety of materials. He/she will be specifically responsible for fundamental and applied studies on the cavitation mechanisms governing the ultrasonic assisted liquid phase exfoliation of two dimensional nanomaterials and graphene, the optimization of process parameters and validation of computer modelling, with further participation in pilot-scale technology development.

    Project will be performed in collaboration with Brunel University London, University of Oxford and University of Hull and it is supported by a number of industrial partners. This is a team project so the successful candidate will collaborate with researchers in participating institutions and interact with other researchers and engineers at Oxford Brookes University. Regular visits to partners’ locations will be required.

    The essential selection criteria include:

    • At least an upper second-class degree (preferably MSc) in an Engineering, Materials, Physics, Chemistry discipline.
    • Suitable experience in studies (experimental, theoretical or both), e.g. in Engineering Processes, Materials Science with particular focus on 2D functional materials, Physics, Materials Processing, Fluid Mechanics or Cavitation Bubble Dynamics.
    • Experience of processing, analysing and manipulating large amounts of technical data.
    • Capability to work independently and as part of a team and learn new things quickly (you are a problem solver).
    • Excellent written and oral communication and organisational skills. Proficiency in written English is required (for non UK-graduated citizens – an IELTS certificate with sufficient points is required).
    • A real passion and commitment for research.

    Application Process:

    If you would like to apply for this position, you should request an application pack from the Research Support Office,  tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk, quoting “PhD in 2D materials and Graphene”.

    Fully completed applications must be sent to  tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk, by 17.00 on Monday, 8 October 2018. As part of the application process you will be required to upload a cover letter with a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit withtheadvertisedposition), CV and the details of two referees. Interviews will be commenced soon after the deadline.

    Information:
    For all informal requests about the project and this post, please contact Dr Iakovos Tzanakis ( itzanakis@brookes.ac.uk) hemidlands@jobs.ac.uk

    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

    PhD Studentship: Criticality Analysis - Machine Learning of Human Gait

    Eligibility:        Home/EU and International Students

     

    Bursary:           £14,057 per annum for three years for a stipend

                               £3,300 for project costs

     Fees:                Tuition fees will be paid by the University

     Deadline:          24 October 2018

     Start date:        21 January 2019

    The Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a three-year, full-time PhD studentship to a new student commencing in January 2019.

    The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Tjeerd olde Scheper in the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics in collaboration with Prof Helen Dawes in the Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work.

    Brief project description:

     Analysis of biological data is based around the interpretation of data within the context of its source. Gait, as primary motive means for humans, is both energetically demanding, and reflects many of the human disorders. Physical disorders (muscle atrophy, etc.), mental disorders (Alzheimers, Parkinsons, etc.), as well as energetic dysfunction (diabetes, malnutrition, etc.) are readily expressed in gait. However, the underlying complexity prevents easy analysis, because of the intricate nonlinear relations involved in the biosystems that allow effective gait. Criticality Analysis (CA) makes it feasible that biological information can be extracted from intricate systems. CA is based on the proven method of Rate Control of Chaos (RCC), and provides a means of generating nonlinear representation spaces based on dynamic interaction, rather than probabilistic models.

    The key research questions are (not exclusive):

    1.  Determine the critical parameters, based on already shown results, that allow a critical system to reflect the data accurately;

     2.  Investigate the numerical properties of the data representation, based on different controlled models, and connectivities of the underlying network;

    3.  Create a representative model system that can analyse gait data for specific disorders, and determine the boundary conditions for reliable and effective categorisation and identification.

    Requirements:

    We are looking to recruit a highly accomplished candidate, capable of submitting a PhD thesis

    within the 3 years of the project. Candidates would be expected to have a good first degree, or Masters, in a related subject (e.g. mathematics, computer science with data analysis, physics, computational biology, etc.). They should be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities, and proficiency in spoken and written English. Required skills are mathematical understanding of dynamic systems, scientific modelling, and software engineering. Desired skills are biological data analysis, and statistical analysis.

    Competence to develop:

    The successful candidate may expect to work in a developing research group in machine learning. They will develop skills in data analysis, computational research, scientific methods, and machine learning.

    Enquiries: Please email Dr Tjeerd olde Scheper – tvolde-scheper@brookes.ac.uk.

    As part of the application, you must submit a detailed research proposal (maximum 1000 words), a

    CV, and a supporting statement (maximum 300 words).

    How to apply: For further information on how to apply, please email tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk

    for an application pack, quoting “Criticality Gait Analysis” in the subject line.

     

     

    Faculty of Technology Design and Environment

    School of the Built Environment & School of Architecture

    PhD studentship: Co-creation of Distributed Renewable and Interactive (DRI) energy systems & Citizen-Centred, Low Carbon CitiesEligibility:        Home, EU and International Students

    Bursary:           £14,777 per annum (with no inflation increase) for three years

                              £1,000 for fieldwork

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

    Deadline:         31 October 2018                                               

    Start date:        21 January 2019

    The School of Built Environment and the School of Architecture are jointly offering a 3-year full-time funded PhD Studentship. This is an inter-disciplinary study that cuts across theConstruction Project Management andLow Carbon Building research groups, which are part of theOxford Institute for Sustainable Development.
     

    As part of the Studentship, Fees at the Home/EU rate will be paid by the University for the period of the studentship, and please note, if you are an International student, you will be required to pay the difference between the Home/EU fee and the annual International fee rate.  £1,000 per annum will be available for fieldwork.

    Project description
     

    The key research question is how the technological and digital literacies of a ‘smart community’ can be developed to move towards the effective operation of DRIs, resulting in significant reductions in energy demand to rise to the challenges associated with Climate Change. The installation & operation of smart citizen-centered energy systems will be evaluated through the comparison of policies, and top-down and bottom-up practices in leading ‘Smart Cities’. This evaluation will focus on how local communities can improve their awareness and competences to embrace new technology and how they can become equal partners in co-creating Smart Cities.

    The aim is to explore, using Grounded Theory, the relationships between smart communities & the technological solutions to operating the DRI systems. The key output will be an innovative framework to place prosumers at the heart of effective integration of DRI systems in existing urban environments.
     

    The successful candidate will work under the supervision ofDr Esra Kurul,Prof Rajat Gupta and Dr. Maurizio Sibilla. Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Kurul (ekurul@brookes.ac.uk).

    We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Candidates would be expected to have at least an upper second class degree and/or Masters in a related subject (e.g. sociology, urban geography, energy studies, anthropology etc).  They should be able to demonstrate strong interdisciplinary research capabilities, be fluent in spoken and written English.
     

    The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research experience/ skills, and subject knowledge. A demonstrable interest in social innovation would be an advantage.

    Applicants must submit a detailed research proposal (max. 1000 words), which should include the research objectives and methods, a CV and a supporting statement (max. 300 words).
      

    How to apply

    For further information on how to apply, please email tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk for an application pack, quoting “Co-creation of DRIs and Low Carbon Cities” in the subject line.
     

     


     

     

    The Postgraduate Doctoral Loan scheme is available from 2018-19, and further information can be found at:

    https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---uk-and-eu-students/postgraduate-doctoral-loans/

    • This loan is open to students who start their programme after 1st August 2018.  Students in receipt of Research Council funding cannot apply.
    • A total of £25,000 is available over the duration of a course and this will be paid annually in 3 instalments.
    • The loan will be divided equally across each year of your course.
    • Students must be registered on the Doctoral Degree and not on a Masters award to qualify.
    • Students are encouraged to apply from Year 1 as it cannot be backdated.