Research funding opportunities

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

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

    Santander MPhil/PhD Scholarship for Current Students - 2017/2018

    Santander is awarding Research Degree scholarships for MPhil/PhD students studying full-time in years 1 and 2 or part-time in years 1, 2 and 3 at Oxford Brookes

    • This year, a one off award of £2,500 will be made towards the fees for the current academic year 2017/2018 for up to four current MPhil/PhD students studying full-time in years 1 and 2 or part-time in years 1, 2 and 3. 
    • 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 current academic year, the remainder will be carried forward towards the fees for the following year. 

    Awards cannot be deferred.

    Successful applicants will also receive a further 10% discount on their tuition fees from Oxford Brookes.

    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 and 2 or part-time in years 1, 2 and 3

        * 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

    To find out if your University is part of the Santander Universidades Scheme, please refer to the list which was attached to the email that has been sent to all MPhil/PhD students and advertised here: Santander Universities

    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 - Referee Form.

    A copy of the Application and Referee forms are attached to the email that was sent and can be downloaded here: Santander application form 2017/2018

    The deadline for receipt of complete applications (including reference) is Friday 1 December 2017.  All applications should be sent by email to

    The successful candidates will be notified by Friday 12 January 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:

  • There are currently no funded studentships available.

    There are no funded studentships available at this time.


    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


    Department of Social Sciences

    1 Year Full Time Masters by Research Studentship:


    Eligibility: Applications are invited from Home/EU candidates


    Fees: Applicants will be responsible for paying their own Home/EU fees


    Annual Bursary: £10,000 towards living expenses for a maximum of I year. 


    Interview date: Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the deadline for applications.


    Start date: 17 September 2018

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon, Tuesday 6 February 2018

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


    We offer a broad range of expertise in contemporary Japanese culture, but candidates interested in religion, 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 which hosts regular research seminars and events. In addition to our strong Japanese Studies course, one of the only Universities in the UK offering a specialisation in the anthropology of Japan.

    The Faculty can nominate candidates for a Masters by Research for a studentship of £10,000, for the 2018/2019 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.

    Eligibility: We are looking to recruit a candidate with a good first 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 if you are EU you should 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. Candidates must have submitted an application for admission by the Studentship application deadline.

    How to apply: To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please contact

    Please specify the studentship you are applying for in the subject heading:  Sasakawa Studentship



    School of Engineering, Computing & Mathematics

    Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship




    Eligibility:     All (Home/EU and International Students)


    Bursary:       £16,000 per year


    Fees:                         Tuition fees will be paid by the University.


    Deadline:      Monday 11/12/2017


    Start date:    January /April 2018

    “PhD Studentship in Engine Modelling”

    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 January /April 2018.

    The successful candidate will work within the Engine Modelling Team, under the supervision of Dr Fabrizio Bonatesta and his collaborators. This is a fully-funded PhD studentship with annual bursary of £16,000.

    Brief Project Description


    The Engine Modelling Team at Oxford Brookes University is now part of a large multi-partner R&D project which will deliver the next generation of Gasoline Direct Injection engines, optimised for reduced fuel consumption and reduced noxious emissions. The involvement of Oxford Brookes will be in the area of engine modelling and will concentrate on the identification of control strategy to minimise Particulate Matter formation and emission.

    The essential selection criteria include:


    • A good first degree in Mechanical, Automotive or Motorsport Engineering.
    • Experience in engine modelling using 0D/1D modelling software and/or CFD, or experience in a closely related engineering area.
    • Experience of processing, analysing and manipulating large amounts of technical data.
    • Knowledge and understanding of internal combustion engines working principles, modern associated technology, pollutants formation and emission regulations.
    • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
    • Excellent written and oral communication and organisational skills.
    • A real passion and commitment for research and scholarship.

    The successful candidate will be responsible to:


    • Undertake independent research in engine modelling, relevant to the requirements of the multi-partner project.
    • Develop, optimise, validate and apply 0D/1D and/or CFD simulations of internal combustion engines, including the development of statistical and optimisation techniques for model calibration; process, analyse and manipulate numerical and experimental engine data as appropriate.
    • Liaise with and support industrial and academic partners; present research findings to groups of people (industrial meetings and academic conferences).
    • Conduct literature searches and reviews, and assist with the preparation of papers for publication.
    • Fulfil all the requirements of a PhD program according to University Regulations.

    Application Process:


    If you would like to apply for this position, you should request an application pack from the Research Support Office,, quoting “PhD Studentship in Engine Modelling”.

    Fully completed applications must be sent to, by 5.00 pm on Monday,11/12/2017. As part of the application process you must submit your CV, along with a supporting statement (2 page maximum) which explains why you believe you are the best candidate for this job. Please be advised that the selection process may involve an interview.



    For all informal requests about the project and this post, please contact Dr Fabrizio Bonatesta (