Research funding opportunities

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

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  • 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 (

    For more information about research in the School of Business visit:

    How to apply: To request further details of how to apply, please email: and

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




    There are no funded Studentships at this time.

    There are no funded Studentships available at the moment.

    School of the Built Environment

    Spatial Planning Research Group

    Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship

    Eligibility:        Home/EU and International

    Bursary:           £15,000 per annum for three years

    £4,500 for research support, including travel and subsistence for visits to partner institutions

    Fees:                Tuition fees will be paid by the University.

    Deadline:          Friday 27 July 2018

    Interview date: Monday 3 September 2018

    Start date:        1 October 2018 or 21 January 2019

    “The challenge of urban inequality to promote health, wellbeing and sustainable travel behaviour”

    The School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University has recently been awarded a Global Challenges Research Studentship under the theme Sustainable Cities and Communities in partnership with the Federal Universities of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina and the University of Brasilia in Brazil. The universities are currently involved in the Newton Funded ESRC Healthy Urban Mobility (HUM) project (

    The project aims to understand the impact of everyday (im)mobility on health and wellbeing with a variety of social groups living in different neighbourhoods in Brazil and the UK, and also to explore the potential for participatory mobilities planning with local communities to support and develop solutions for healthy urban mobility.

    The School is seeking to recruit a PhD student to contribute to the aims of the overall HUM project with a particular focus on low-income communities in the UK and Brazil.  The PhD student would be expected to spend some time in Brazil undertaking fieldwork, and collaborating with the project partners.  It is likely that the project will focus on mixed methods with emphasis on qualitative methods (including mobile methods) in order to fully explore the relevant issues.

    Possible topics that would be of interest include (not exclusive):

    • Rights to the city and urban social movements towards healthy and sustainable mobility.
    • Distributional effects of mobility policy and planning.
    • Mobile stigmatization and identity.
    • Creative production of healthy and sustainable mobility in the city.
    • Digital ethnography and other qualitative methods.


    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 a good first degree or Masters in a related subject (e.g. geography, sociology, planning, anthropology, political science etc).  They should be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities, be fluent in spoken and written English, as well as show proficiency in Portuguese.

    The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research experience and skills, subject knowledge and references.

    The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Tim Jones in the School of the Built Environment. Enquiries: Please email Dr Tim Jones

    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 for an application pack, quoting “Healthy Urban Mobility” in the subject line.

    The Postgraduate Doctoral Loan scheme is available from 2018-19, and further information can be found at:

    • 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.  
    • tudents 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/