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

    Centre for Psychological Research, Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development 

    Self and emotion in depression 

    3 Year Full Time PhD StudentshipFHLS Form

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

    Closing date:  Monday 10 May 2021

    Interviews: w/c 24 May 2021

    Start Date:  September 2021 

    Bursary: equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2021/22 bursary rate is £15,609)

    University fees and bench fees at the current Home rate will be met by the University for the

    3 academic years of the Studentship. 

    Supervisors: Dr Sanjay Kumar & Dr Michael Pilling 

    A range of research has indicated a bias for information associated with the self in attention, perception and memory. Similar biases have also been observed with emotional stimuli. Some studies from our lab indicate that individuals show self-related bias in attention and memory and they can integrate self and positive emotion information to show even larger self-biases.   Our studies also suggest that individuals with depression show systematically reduced self-biases for both happy and sad emotional stimuli (McIvor, Sui, Malhotra, Drury & Kumar, 2021). 

    The proposed PhD will extend this line of research.  The PhD candidate will investigate the role of self and emotion in biased information processing in individuals with depression using behavioural experiments, EEG/ERP and TMS.  The project will be supervised by Dr Sanjay Kumar and Dr Michael Pilling at Oxford Brookes University. The successful candidate would be expected to present at scientific meetings and publish.  

    There is an additional requirement to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/week during semesters and to participate in a teaching skills course without further remuneration.

    For further information contact Dr Sanjay Kumar (skumar@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 in psychology or related cognate discipline (e.g., Neuroscience, Natural Sciences). A Master’s degree would be an advantage, as would previous research and/or professional experience of working with parents.  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.

     


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Centre for Psychological Research, Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

    Self-image and autobiographical memory
    3 Year Full Time PhD Studentship

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

    Closing date:  Monday 10th May 2021

    Interviews: w/c 24 May 2021

    Start Date:  September 2021 

    Bursary: equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2021/22 bursary rate is £15,609)

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

    Supervisors: Dr Clare Rathbone and Dr Kate Wilmut

    Project:
    This research studentship will elucidate the relationship between self and memory across the lifespan, in different clinical groups and, potentially, in relation to adults with Specific Learning Difficulties or Neuro-Developmental Disorders (such as DCD/Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, ADHD and/or ASD). The knowledge we possess about ourselves is multi-faceted and closely related to our emotional well-being (Rathbone et al., 2015). By using ‘self-images’ (such as being a sister or a worrier) as autobiographical memory cues we can examine the link between self and memory (e.g. the IAM Task; Rathbone et al., 2008), and the relationship between particularly self-relevant autobiographical memories and mood/well-being. This project could also investigate these concepts within populations known to have higher rates of anxiety and depression such as those with Specific Learning Difficulties or Neuro-Developmental Disorders.    

    There is further scope for examining the development of self and memory in childhood, adolescence or older adulthood depending on the applicants’ particular areas of interest. This research project will employ a range of quantitative memory measures and tasks, and may involve the development of novel methodological approaches.  

    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 Dr Clare Rathbone: crathbone@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 Master’s degree would be an advantage.  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, applicants can liaise with Clare Rathbone when developing their proposal.

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

     


     Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

     Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work  

    3 Year, full-time PhD studentship

    Project Title: Standing up for Cerebral Palsy 2: a roll-out exercise and lifestyle program in mainstream and special needs schools in the UK.

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU with settled status applicants who must be a permanent resident in UK

     Closing date: 31st May 2021

     Start date:  September 2021

     Bursary p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2021/22 bursary rate is £15,609)

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

    Young people with Cerebral Palsy (CP) are more likely to have poor health and academic outcomes due to low physical activity levels and prolonged sitting, compared to children without a disability. Good cognitive ability is important for academic functioning and is affected by exercise and lifestyle including diet. Data suggests that breaking sitting with regular breaks of physical activity improves post-prandial glucose responses, which may be one of the mechanisms driving cognitive improvements. While young people with CP gain both physical and psychosocial benefits from physical activity, current barriers to participation are significant. This has a negative economic and social impact on the life chances of young people with CP and their families.

     This PhD will build on exciting findings from our team exploring the effect of different types of exercise dose on cognitive and metabolic outcomes in young people with CP. A program will be developed to support young people with CP and their families and teachers to integrate physical activity into education settings to improve attention and memory for better learning. This PhD will enable the opportunity to work within a World leading team with global connections to build this program of research.

     The PhD project involves three phases. 1: informal interviews will be undertaken with young people with CP, families, teachers and health care professionals to gain perspectives and perceptions. 2: obtain input and consensus from an expert panel to co-design the physical activity and lifestyle program. 3: evaluate the feasibility of implementation and evaluation of the potential of the program, and this will take place either within the classroom during the school day, or remotely in the home environment.

    Requirements:

     Applicants should be capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or an acceptable equivalent qualification. A masters degree would be an advantage, as would a background in exercise science or other health related science and experience of working with children with disabilities and in quantitative research methods.

     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. 

      How to apply: 
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk and should include the following application form: /Documents/Research-Opportunities/PhD-studentship-application-jan-14/


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

     Department of Nursing and Midwifery  

    3 Year, full-time PhD studentship

    Project Title: Optimising Head and Neck cancer follow-up care – enhancing patients’ self-efficacy for symptom monitoring and self-examination: a mixed-methods study.

    Eligibility: UK/EU with settled status applicants who must be a permanent resident in UK

    Closing date: 31st May 2021

    Start date:  September 2021

    Bursary p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2021/22 bursary rate is £15,609)

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

    Supervisors: Dr Lauren Matheson, Professor Paul Carding, Dr Jo Brett (Supportive Cancer Care Research group, Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research)

    Clinical Advisors: Professor Hisham Mehanna (University of Birmingham); Katie Lawrence and Dr Stuart Winter (Oxford University Hospitals Trust)

    Project: Head and Neck cancer (HNC) has one of the highest disease burdens of any cancer and can result in significant physical and psychosocial impairments. Due to increases in numbers of HNC patients and rising demands on NHS services, a form of patient-initiated follow-up for HNC is currently being explored by the PETNECK 2 study (‘PET-CT guided, symptom-based, patient-initiated follow-up versus clinical follow-up in HNC patients’). This NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research is led by the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University, University of St Andrews, Imperial College London and the University of Bristol. In PETNECK2, participants on patient-initiated follow-up (intervention arm) will have an education and support session (1 year post treatment) and will receive an information and support resource (a digital app/booklet).

    This PhD will be part of the PETNECK2 study, and using a mixed-methods approach, will provide a more in-depth evaluation of HNC patients, caregivers and health professionals experiences and views regarding the behaviours of symptom monitoring and self-examination. The PhD aims to enhance understanding of how HNC patients’ self-efficacy regarding these behaviours can be optimised.

    Four research phases are proposed; a systematic review; survey of HNC health professionals; workshops with PETNECK2 allied health professionals; qualitative interviews with patients and caregivers. Findings will inform the evaluation of PETNECK2 and the wider development of materials aiming to optimise these behaviours in HNC patients and the general population.

    For informal inquiries please contact Lauren Matheson: l.matheson@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements: 

    Applicants should be capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. A masters degree would be an advantage, as would a background in psychology or health/social sciences, or a background in nursing/allied health professions and/or equivalent experience of working with cancer patients.

    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. 


    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk and should include the following application form: /Documents/Research-Opportunities/PhD-studentship-application-jan-14/

     


     


     

     



    The de Rohan scholarship for 2021

    The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer two de Rohan Scholarships to two full-time or part-time students who are holding an offer to do an MA by Research in the History of Art for September 2021 entry. 

    The scholarships are open to both UK and EU/International Students (EU/international students full-time only).

    The scholarship will provide a £1,000 payment towards the costs of your tuition fees and will be awarded on the basis of a personal statement.

    The de Rohan Scholarship is gifted by the de Rohan family in memoriam of their family members who met and fell in love whilst studying at Oxford Brookes.

    Margaret de Rohan writes:

     

    Named for Alison (née de Rohan) and Francis Gaillard, who met and fell in love while reading for their BA degrees at Oxford Polytechnic in the early 1980s. They married in September 1985 and had their honeymoon in the Greek Islands. A year later they returned to Greece to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

    A few months later - on 6 March 1987 - after a day trip to Bruges to see some of the art treasures there, they died together, within sight of Zeebrugge harbour, when 'The Herald of Free Enterprise' ferry capsized and sank in less than three minutes. One hundred and ninety one other people also died that tragic day.

    In early November 2005, my husband, Maurice, was diagnosed with cancer. Despite a major operation and six months of chemo-therapy, he lost his valiant fight on 5 October 2006, and once again our family suffered a devastating loss.

    But out of tragedy, good can often flow. It is now my great pleasure to establish a new postgraduate Scholarship - 'The de Rohan Scholarship' - in memory of Alison, Francis and Maurice - which will provide a postgraduate Scholarship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for the MA courses in Creative Writing, English or History and for the MA by Research in Art History."

    Applications should be submitted via this New Link to the Google registration form.

     

    The closing date for applications for the scholarship is 17:00, Friday 11 June 2021.

    Please note applications will only be accepted from students who have already been made a conditional or unconditional offer by Oxford Brookes University.

    Please also note that EU/International students are only eligible for Full Time scholarships.

     

    There are no funding opportunities at this time.