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 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.


    Sasakawa Postgraduate Masters by Research Studentship

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Eligibility: Home/EU (3 year residency status only – see below)

    Mode of study: Full-time only

    Funding:  £10,000 (1 year only)

    Deadline: Closing date for applications:17:00 on Wednesday 02 March 2020

    Start date: September 2020.

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

    The Faculty can nominate the candidate for a Masters by Research studentship of £10,000, for the 2019/20 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. 

    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.

    Candidate Criteria:

    • You must have a good undergraduate 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:

    If you wish to apply please contact Terri Morris by email:  hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk.


    Sasakawa Postgraduate MPhil/ PhD Studentship

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Eligibility: Home/EU and International Students 

    Mode of study: Full-time only

    Funding: £10,000 (initially 1 year)

    Deadline: Closing date for applications: 17:00 on Wednesday 02 March 2020

    Start date: September 2020.

    The Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University is pleased to invite applications for the Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship in Japanese studies, made possible through the generosity of The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. 

    The Faculty can nominate the candidate for the MPhil/PhD studentship of £10,000. This studentship is initially for one year only, but may be renewable subject to satisfactory progress in subsequent years, up to a maximum of three years, beginning in September of the 2020/21 academic year.

    Please note that you will be required to reapply for the studentship each year, and that the GBSF will consider these applications on their merits. The GBSF cannot make a recurrent three year commitment to any one PhD candidate from year one.

    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 each year. International applicants should be aware that they will need to fund their fees at the international rate.

    Candidates must have:           

    • a good undergraduate degree (a good 2:1 or above) or be predicted to obtain one.
    • completed a degree with a substantive anthropology content or in Japanese studies, or in a discipline relevant to the proposed research, and have a sufficient level of Japanese language ability to engage in fieldwork in Japan where relevant (normally this should be equivalent to JLPT level 2 or above).

    A Masters is desirable, but we will consider candidates without a Masters who can demonstrate the ability to engage in substantial independent research.

    Part-time programmes are not eligible. 

    Candidate Criteria:

    • 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:

    If you wish to apply please contact Terri Morris by email: hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk

    There are no funding opportunities available at this time.