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.

  • There are currently no funding opportunities available for continuing students.

    Oxford Brookes Business School

     

    Global Challenges Research Studentship:

     

    Sustainable Cities and Communities

     

    Bursary: £16,000 pa (with no inflation increase)

     

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is October 10th 2018 (12 Noon)

     

    Interview date: Interviews to be decided

     

    Start date: January 2019

     

    Eligibility: Home/EU/International

    As part of the University Global Challenges Research agenda, the Business School is offering a Global Challenges Research studentship under the theme Sustainable Cities and Communities in partnership with Stellenbosch University in South Africa. We are seeking exceptional candidates to study for a full-time PhD, starting in January 2019, to address rising global concerns over security and insecurity through local and community-based security initiatives in South Africa and the UK.

    This full-time studentship, which includes a commitment of seminar support to undergraduate or graduate students, will be for 3 years subject to satisfactory progress. The bursary will be £16,000 per annum, and fees will be paid by the School.

    We are particularly interested in attracting PhD candidates who wish to pursue research on local security initiatives in South Africa and the UK (with a priority for research in South Africa). Security landscapes are rapidly changing due to rising public concerns over (in)security, growing numbers of security organizations and expanding security technologies. This has seen new forms of organizing for security being developed, such as community-based, multi-stakeholder, security initiatives. The project is broadly interested in such questions as:

     

    • What are the organizational challenges encountered in such local multi-stakeholder security initiatives and how are these addressed?
    • How do these local security initiatives offer new ways forward in addressing pressing security challenges as they play out in the day-to-day realities of communities?
    • How can a better understanding of alternative ways of organizing for security inform security research in all its complexity?

     

    Other security-related research topics for research in South Africa (potentially in comparisons with the UK) are welcome as well.

    Applicants are expected to hold a good undergraduate degree and a good Master’s degree at merit level or above in a relevant area of the social sciences (organization studies, sociology, criminology, security studies, anthropology, political science). Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong qualitative research capabilities, preferably an experience of having conducted fieldwork, and be fluent in spoken and written English.

    We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within three years. PhD students will take part in the School PhD programme, offering seminars and training on research methodology as well as a collegiate environment to present work in progress.

    The supervisory team will include Professor Juliette Koning (j.koning@brookes.ac.uk)

    For more information about research in the School of Business visit: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/business/research/

    How to apply: To request further details of how to apply, please email: j.koning@brookes.ac.uk and business-research-office@brookes.ac.uk

    Please ensure you quote Security Research in the email title when applying.

     


       

    There are no funded Studentships in this Faculty at this time.

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department of Social Sciences

    Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship
     

    Eligibility:                                  Home/EU and International Students

    Bursary:                                     £16,000 pa

    Research expenses                    £2.5K pa

    Fees:                                          Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate will be paid by the University.

    Deadline:                                  The closing date for applications is 12.00pm, 1 October 2018
     

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

    Start date:                                  21 January 2019

    We are pleased to offer a PhD Studentship in the Department of Social Sciences and applications are invited for PhD proposals in ‘The implications of China’s Belt and Road initiative in developing sustainable communities in Central Asia.’  The supervisory team will consist of Dr Rico Isaacs, Dr Sarah Whitmore, (both PO and IR) and Dr Ingrid Medby (GG).

    This PhD is designed to be inter-disciplinary across Politics, International Relations and Geography. It will explore macro-issues related to China’s Belt and Road (BR) through the prism of local, non-Sino, perspectives.  It will also examine BR via the perspectives of different stakeholders involved on the ground in recipient states.

    We welcome proposals on any single Central Asian case or a study which examines the impact of BR on the region comparatively. The topic is broadly conceived but could seek to explore the issue of BR in Central Asia in three potential ways, including (but not confined to):

    1. the production of space - in terms of how it is changing local perspectives on identities, borders and sovereignty

    2.     local governance and policy, especially how injections of BR and finance impact and influence local community governance in project sites            in the region

    3.     different forms of risk and security in the region including: economic, environmental, political and community.

     

    Further details of the project are given in the application pack. 

    *Applicants are strongly advised to contact a member of the supervisory team (ricoisaacs@brookes.ac.uk) with a short outline of the potential research proposal before submitting an application.*  

    The Studentship is open to both Home/EU and International students, but the funding will only cover Home/EU research degree fees. Therefore International applicants will need to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International research degree fees each year.  Please see this page for information on current fees: /studying-at-brookes/finance/

    As a successful applicant, you will join a supportive and research-active Department.  For more information visit http://www.social-sciences.brookes.ac.uk/

    Eligibility:  We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the Studentship start date. The Studentship holder may also be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English and have supporting certificates where appropriate.
     

    How to apply: To request an application pack and for further details of how to apply contact hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk  with ‘China BR Studentship’ in the subject title


    Department of Social Sciences

    Global Challenges Research Fund

    Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship

    Eligibility:                                Home/EU and International Students

    Bursary:                                   £16,000 pa

    Fees:                                        Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate will be paid by the University

    Research Expenses                  £2.5K pa

    Deadline:                                                The closing date for applications is 12.00pm, 1 October 2018

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

    Start date:                                21 January 2019

    This GCRF studentship is in partnership with Trung Vuong University in Vietnam. We are seeking exceptional candidates to address the challenge for Vietnamese communities of young migrants coming to the UK.  The project will be interdisciplinary across Sociology and Development Studies.

    We welcome proposals on a broad range of issues relating to Vietnamese migration to the UK., including (but not confined to):

    1. The Vietnamese diaspora in the UK and issues of identity & belonging and familial practices.
    2. Precarity and low-skilled labour among Vietnamese migrants
    3. The impact of migration to the UK upon the sending communities in Vietnam
    4. The migration experience including a focus on legal and social statuses and disrupted/continued familial practices.

    You will benefit from supervisors based both at Oxford Brookes and at Trung Vuong University (Vietnam), with the opportunity of annual visits to the partner institution in Vietnam.

    A full project description is provided in the application pack. 

    *Applicants are strongly advised to contact the supervisor Tamsin Barber tbarber@brookes.ac.uk  with a short outline of the potential research proposal before submitting an application.*

    The Studentship is open to both Home/EU and International students, but the funding will only cover Home/EU research degree fees. Therefore International applicants will need to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International research degree fees each year.

    Please see this page for information on current fees:

    /studying-at-brookes/finance/

    As a successful applicant, you will join a supportive and research-active Department.  For more information visit http://www.social-sciences.brookes.ac.uk/
     

    Eligibility:  We are looking to recruit a candidate capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the Studentship start date. The Studentship holder may also be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English and have supporting certificates where appropriate. Knowledge of Vietnamese language would be desirable for this post.

    The supervisory team will be Dr Tamsin Barber (Oxford Brookes University), Prof Tina Miller (Oxford Brookes University) & Dr Nguyen Van Phuc (Trung Vuong University).
     

    How to apply: Please contact hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk quoting “Vietnamese communities Studentship” in the subject title.


     School of Architecture

     Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP)

    Three-year full-time funded PhD Studentship

    Eligibility:         Home/EU and International Students

     Bursary:            £15,000 per annum for three years for a stipend
    Up to £7,300 for research support, including travel and subsistence for visits to partner institutions

     Fees:    Tuition fees will be paid by the University

     Deadline:          1 October 2018

     Interview date: 18 October 2018

     Start date:         21 January 2019

    “Leave no one behind: responding to long term development with less dependency on aid in humanitarian crisis: young people with disabilities as agents for change”

    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 within the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) under the supervision of Prof Cathrine Brun and her team and will collaborate closely with the Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS) at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut, Lebanon. This is a fully funded PhD studentship with an annual bursary of £15,000.

    Brief project description:

    The sustainable development goals have the aim of leaving no-one behind. CENDEP has successfully contributed to new guidelines for working with disability in humanitarian crises and at the same time has high levels of expertise in researching protracted refugee crises. The project seeks to explore new modes of increasing participation among persons with disabilities in Lebanon and the Middle East. For this purpose, we are calling for applicants who will conduct a doctoral research project on the theme of young people with disabilities as agents for change in the context of the current refugee crisis in Lebanon. A comparative project (with another country) could be accepted.

    The  PhD candidate will be working on this project part of a Disability Hub which Oxford Brookes University and the Centre for Lebanese Studies at LAU are in the process of establishing in Lebanon. The objective of the Disability Hub is to develop and implement a research and advocacy strategy into issues around disability, participation and representation (political, social, economic, etc.) of disabled persons in general but more specifically, those of a refugee and migrant background. The hub will also critically inquire the discourses about disability and ability, gender binaries, participation and inclusion, power and representation, citizenship and refugee status, their interactions and their effects on engagement with disability issues and its politics, more generally.

    We expect that the successful candidate is willing to spend considerable time in Lebanon to conduct fieldwork in collaboration with the CLS.

    We are seeking candidates with:

    -          A good  higher degree in Social Sciences and cognate disciplines

    -          Experience of research on refugees or disabilities or both

    -          Methodological insights in either qualitative or quantitative methods

    -          Experience of teamwork

    -          Excellent written and oral communication, organisational and time management skills

    -          A real passion and commitment for research and scholarship

    Desirable selection criteria:

    -       Experience in academic fieldwork, or field experience as a practitioner

    -       Knowledge of Arabic Language

    Together with a covering letter and CV you must submit a maximum 10-page outline research proposal. A PhD proposal should include clear research aims/questions, justification for the study, some overview of existing research and literature in the field of study, a description of methodology and a timeline.

    Enquiries: Please email Prof Cathrine Brun cbrun@brookes.ac.uk.

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

     


    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

    PhD Studentship: Criticality Analysis - Machine Learning of Human Gait

    Eligibility:        Home/EU

    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:          14 September 2018

    Interview date: 28 September 2018

    Start date:        8 October 2018

    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 October.

    The successful candidate will work under the supervision ofDr Tjeerd olde Scheper in theSchool of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics in collaboration withProf Helen Dawes in theDepartment 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.


    School of the Built Environment and School of Architecture

    PhD studentship: BIM-Based Capacity Building for Sustainable Housing Upgrading in Informal Settlements

    Eligibility:                    Home/EU Students

    Bursary:                       £14,000 per annum (with no inflation increase) for three years

                                          £2,500 for fieldwork

    Fees:                            Tuition fees will be paid by the University

    Deadline:                      14 September 2018

    Start date:                    8 October 2018 (or January 2019 at the latest)  

    The School of the Built Environment and the School of Architecture in the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment (TDE) at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a 3-year full-time PhD Studentship to a new student commencing in either October 2018 or January 2019 (at the latest). The successful applicant will receive an annual bursary of £14,000 for three years (with no inflation increase), and fees up to the Home/EU level will be paid by the University.

    Project description

    Informal settlement upgrading in the Global South requires informed participation by all stakeholders particularly residents. However, traditional participatory methods are limited in involving the wider community, tend to be dominated by specific community interest groups and therefore often fail to enable genuine coproduction and bottom-up decision-making.

    Major technical constraints here relate to tools for wider collaborative practices and lack of structured housing data for information sharing. Emerging Building Information Modelling (BIM) and related mobile technologies can overcome such constraints through freely available apps and cloud-based systems to greatly enhance stakeholder capacities including residents and community based organisations to easily participate in the design and execution of upgrading and housing projects.

    There is, however, a paucity of studies about integrated computerised methodologies that allow stakeholders to readily contribute and evaluate their actions in the delivery of housing in informal settlements. This study aims to address this gap and examine the scope for developing a BIM-Based framework for deeper participation.

    The successful candidate will work with different research clusters in the Schools of theBuilt Environment andArchitecture under the supervision ofProfessor Ramin Keivani (rkeivani@brookes.ac.uk),Dr Henry Abanda (fabanda@brookes.ac.uk), and Dr. Marcel Vellinga (mvellinga@brookes.ac.uk). Informal enquiries may be addressed to any of the listed supervisors.

    Requirements

    The successful applicant will have at least an upper second class and/or Master’s degree in a subject related to the built environment, urban development or housing as well as demonstrable interdisciplinary capabilities including ability to undertake qualitative research, quantitative research and project simulation using BIM. A demonstrable interest in Cloud Computing would be an advantage.

    As part of the application, you must submit a detailed research proposal (maximum 1000 words), a CV, and a supporting statement (maximum 300 words). Candidates should ensure the research objectives and methods; part of the proposal should be crystal clear.

    Please be advised that successful candidate would be expected to commence the research degree programme in October 2018 (or January 2019 at the latest).

    How to apply

    For further information on how to apply, please email tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk for an application pack, quoting “BIM-based capacity building” in the subject line.

     


    School of the Built Environment  & School of Architecture

    PhD studentship: Co-creation of Distributed Renewable and Interactive (DRI) energy systems & Citizen-Centred, Low Carbon Cities

    Eligibility:        Home/EU Students

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

                              £1,000 for fieldwork

    Fees:                Tuition fees will be paid by the University

    Deadline:          14 September 2018                  

    Interview date: 20 September 2018                   

    Start date:        8 October 2018 or 21 January 2019

    The School of Built Environment and the School of Architecture are jointly offering a 3-year full-time 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.

    The studentship includes an annual bursary of £14,777 for three years (no annual increase). Fees up to the Home/EU level will be paid by the University and £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).

    Requirements

    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).

    Please note the above start dates.

    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.

     


    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 technologies for 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 with the advertised position), 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)

     


     

         

    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.

     

    Information about loans available for Masters by research and MPhil programmes can be found at /studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---uk-and-eu-students/postgraduate-loan-scheme/