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.

  • There are currently no funded Studentships available.

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

    Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development  

    Literacy difficulties in the children and families of Armed Forces Personnel  

    3 Year Full Time PhD Studentship  

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

    Closing date: 10 March 2021

    Interviews: w/c  22 March  2021

    Start Date: June  2021 

    Bursary: equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2020/21 bursary rate is £15, 285)

    University fees/bench fees at the current Home rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.

    Main supervisors:  Professor Vince Connelly (Psychology)  (vconnelly@brookes.ac.uk) & Dr Dianne Newbury (Biological and Medical Sciences)  

    Various explanations have been put forward to explain why children in military families in the UK are at greater risk of lower educational attainment, for example, more frequent changes in schooling. However, Armed Forces families, it is claimed, in certain workforce segments, seem to have an over representation of dyslexia and other specific educational needs. This project will investigate the incidence of dyslexia in armed forces families and the many reasons this may or may not be borne out in the population.  

    This PhD would be a cross disciplinary project investigating the incidence of dyslexia and poor educational attainment in the children of armed forces personnel investigating the reasons for any increased level of incidence. This research may involve some testing and identification of dyslexia in children but would also need to consider population wide factors and analysis of attainment data from schools and education providers. There would likely be the requirement to develop close external links with organisation such as the Armed Forces Family Federations, the Ministry of Defence as well as the Armed Forces Schools network.  

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching a week during semesters without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    For further information contact Prof Vince Connelly  vconnelly@brookes.ac.uk  

    Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. A masters degree would be an advantage, as would previous research and/or professional experience of working with parents, children and/or young people especially in the Armed Forces community.  EU Applicants with Settled Status in the UK  must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued within the last two years from an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/knowledge-of-english
    Application procedure:
    Applicants should request an application form from hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk. Complete applications should include a proposed project proposal (max 1000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed. 

    Completion of a DBS check is required on enrolment the cost of this will be covered by the University.

     


     

    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 Monday 01 March 2021.

    Start date: September 2021.

    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 2021/22 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:

    Please contact Terri Morris on hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk if you wish to apply.


     

     

    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 Monday 01 March 2021

    Start date: September 2021.

    The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to invite applications for the Sasakawa Postgraduate Masters by Research 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 2021/22 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:

    Please contact Terri Morris on hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk if you wish to apply.

     


     

     

    Faculty of Technology Design and Environment

    School of Architecture / School of Engineering, Computing & Mathematics  

    PhD studentship - Second Life Batteries: From Electric Vehicles to Building Applications  

    Eligibility:        Home/EU Students and International Students 

    Bursary:           £15,009 pa (with no inflation increase) for three years; £5000 for fieldwork 

    Fees:                Tuition fees will be paid by the University 

    Deadline:          26 February 2021                                       

    Start date:        September 2021 

    The School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University is offering a 3-year full-time PhD Studentship. This is an interdisciplinary study that cuts across the Architectural Engineering research group and the High Voltage and Energy Storage Laboratory. The studentship includes a fixed annual bursary of £15,009 for three years, £5000 for fieldwork and tuition fees will be paid by the University.

    Project description

    With the increase in demand for electric vehicles, manufacture of Li-ion batteries is increasing. The scaling up of the manufacture of these battery packs comes with increased environmental impact associated with their relatively short cycle of use. Typically at the end of life of a battery, from a transport perspective, these batteries still have significant residual capacity remaining (as high as 80% depending on the battery cell chemistry and its manufacturer). This suggests that these batteries can still be utilised, in a ‘Second Life’, for other, less demanding, applications such as in domestic or commercial buildings. Second life use of the batteries can significantly reduce the overall life cycle environmental impact of the batteries and enable greater uptake of renewable energy technologies via more economical energy storage systems. 

    However, challenges remain for development of Second Life battery packs designed with specific applications in mind. These challenges are to be investigated in this PhD study and include: 

    ●      Design optimisation according to residential/commercial pattern of use 

    ●      Understanding the impact of continued battery cell degradation phenomenon in different usage scenarios 

    ●      Modelling of second life batteries at pack and cell level in relation to building performance 

    ●      Assessment of environmental impact reduction through Second Life use 

    ●      Integration of second life battery cells with varying residual capacities and cell chemistries 

    ●      Optimisation of Second Life battery supply chains 

    The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Shahaboddin Resalati, Prof Denise Morrey and Dr Paul Henshall. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 24 March 2021. 

    Requirements

    Candidates would be expected to have at least an upper second class degree (or equivalent) and/or Masters in a related subject (e.g. Environmental Science or Energy related engineering background with sufficient knowledge of renewable technologies, electric storage systems (essential) and their environmental impact assessment (desirable)). They should be fluent in spoken and written English. The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research experience/ skills, and subject knowledge. 

    How to apply  

    For further information on how to apply, please email tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk for an application pack, quoting “Second Life Batteries” in the subject line.


     Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment & Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

     School of the Built Environment & School of Nursing and Midwifery

    PhD studentship:  Housing, Health and Social Care for the ageing population

    Eligibility:        Home, EU and International Students

     Bursary:           £15,285 per annum (with no inflation increase) for three years

     £3,000 (one-off payment) fieldwork

     Fees:                Tuition fees will be paid by the University 

     Deadline:          26 February 2021                                                          

     Start date:        September 2021

     
    The School of the Built Environment is offering a 3-year full-time PhD Studentship. This interdisciplinary study cuts across the Land, Design and Development research group and Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Health and Social Care

    Project description

    An ageing population and its resultant social and economic issues has been prevalent in the UK and other advanced countries. This fundamental change in the nation’s age structure has increased pressures on health and social care services. Accordingly the integrative role of housing in health care and welfare policy has become an increasingly important issue in academia and practice.

    Given the challenges imposed by a growing elderly population we propose an interdisciplinary research strand between Built Environment and Health and Social Care. Possible PhD questions may include:

    1.     What are the policy debates on the role of housing in health and wellbeing for the old population? 

    2.     What is age-friendly housing and what are the future models for delivering housing for older people? 

    3.     What are the experiences of people receiving community health and care services at home? 

    4.     What are the benefits and challenges of integrating health and care services and housing for older people?   

    The key output will be an innovative framework to place housing, health and social care at the heart of an integrated care service in existing built environments.
    The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Youngha Cho, Prof Ramin Keivani and Dr. Jo Brett.  

    Requirements

    We are looking for a highly competent and capable candidate to submit his/her PhD thesis within 3.5 years. Candidates should follow the entry requirement of the university research degree: Masters degree in a related disciplines, i.e. housing, health and social care, planning or human geography. Outstanding candidates with substantial prior experience at an appropriate level will be considered. The candidate should be able to demonstrate strong interdisciplinary research capabilities.   

    The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research experience/skills, and subject knowledge. A demonstrable interest in housing and health would be an advantage. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on 11 March 2021.  

    Contact details

    Contact Dr Cho (ycho@brookes.ac.uk) for informal enquiries.  

    How to apply

    For further information, email tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk for an application pack, quoting ‘Housing, health and social care for the ageing population’ in the subject line.