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 2017/2018

    Santander is awarding Research Degree scholarships for MPhil/PhD students studying full-time in years 1 - 3 or part-time in years 1 - 6 at Oxford Brookes.

    • The Scholarship will provide £2,500 towards the fees for the current academic year 2017/2018 for current MPhil/PhD students studying full-time in years 1 - 3 or part-time in years 1 - 6. 
    • 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 next 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 – 3 or part-time in years 1 – 6.

      * 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 of Santander Universities and Institutions.

    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. You can download the forms here:

    Application Form

    Reference Form

    The deadline for receipt of complete applications (including reference) is Wednesday 28 February 2018

    All applications should be sent by email to asa-pgrscholarships@brookes.ac.uk

    The successful candidates will be notified by Friday 9 March 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: asa-pgrscholarships@brookes.ac.uk          


    Santander PhD Scholarship 2017/2018 for Continuation Fees

    Santander is awarding Research Degree scholarships for PhD students at Oxford Brookes who are in the final stages of writing up their thesis ready for submission and examination.  

    This year, several one off awards of up to £798.00 will be made to cover the Continuation Fees for the remainder of the current academic year 2017/2018 (1 January 2018 – 28 September 2018).

    The Scholarship is open current, enrolled PhD students who are finishing the last stages of writing up theirthesis ready to submit the final thesis for examination.

    Students must be eligible to pay the Continuation Fee. 

    Your final submission date must have been agreed with your Supervisory Team and a clear Timetable, detailing when the work will be completed, should be submitted with your application for the award.

    Awards cannot be deferred.

    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 PhD programme and currently eligible to pay the Continuation Fee for the current academic year.

      * Your application for Transfer 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 of Santander Universities and Institutions.

    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. You can download the forms here:

    Application Form

    Reference Form

    The deadline for receipt of complete applications (including reference) is Wednesday 28 February 2018.  

    All applications should be sent by email to asa-pgrscholarships@brookes.ac.uk

    The successful candidates will be notified by Friday 9 March 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:  asa-pgrscholarships@brookes.ac.uk

    There are currently no funded studentships available.

    Oxford Brookes University

    Faculty of Health and Life Science

    BBSRC iCASE Studentship

    Four year full-time funded PhD Studentship

    Eligibility:        UK applicants only, who must be permanently resident in UK

    Stipend:           a stipend of no less than the standard RCUK rate, currently set at £14,553 per year, which will be supplemented by the Industrial                           collaborator

    Fees:                 Paid at the Home rate or the duration of the award

    Deadline:         9 March 2018

    Start date:        September 2018

    The Department of Biological & Medical Sciences has a fully-funded 4 year iCASE studentship starting September 2018. We welcome applications from final year Bioscience students expecting to graduate with a 2.i/1st or Master’s students.

    This iCASE award is with Professor Linda King in the Insect Virology Research Group and is in collaboration with OBU spin-out company Oxford Expression Technologies Ltd (www.oetltd.com), based in the Tonge Bioinnovation Hub and will be providing a top up to the normal BBSRC bursary.

    The project involves studying the control of expression of baculovirus genes that are used to drive high levels of recombinant protein production in insect cells. The baculovirus expression system is used to make VLPs and other protein complexes as vaccines, however, baculovirus particles often co-purify with VLPs. This project aims to understand gene regulation so that we can potentially switch off core virus particle production during scale-up of protein production for vaccine use. The project provides good experience of a broad range of modern bioscience research techniques as well as their application in biotechnology.

    About the Oxford DTP (http://www.biodtp.ox.ac.uk/)

    The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership programme provides training for graduates from a life science or physical science background who wish to conduct leading edge bioscience research. Research areas within the programme include integrative animal and plant biology, mechanistic molecular and cellular biology, agriculture and food security, and industrial biotechnology and bioenergy.

    You will undertake a four-year doctoral training programme (leading to in this case a PhD at Oxford Brookes). In your first term you are based at the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) at the University of Oxford and undertake an individually-tailored training programme that includes training in research skills such as mathematics and statistics, programming, imaging and image analysis, bioinformatics, and modelling biological processes and systems. You will also undertake 2 x 3 month research projects and can also access a wide variety of additional training provided across the partnership (which includes Oxford Brookes) throughout your doctoral studies.

    The DTP’s core training programme draws on expertise in all seven partner organisations and you will have the opportunity to visit different sites and learn about the facilities and expertise available across these organisations during the initial training phase.

    Years 2-4 will be spent in the Insect Virus Research Group with about 6 months within OET Ltd

    Informal enquires to Professor King (laking@brookes.ac.uk).

    Applications should be made using the Oxford Brookes online application form which is available at:  https://pgapp.ukpass.ac.uk/ukpasspgapp/login.jsp and a copy should also be emailed to: Postgraduate Research Tutor, Dr Dave Carter: dcarter@brookes.ac.uk

     

    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship

    Eligibility:                     Home/EU and International students

    Bursary:                      £16,000 for a maximum of three years

    Fees:                           Tuition fees will be paid by the School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Deadline:                    The closing date for applications is 13.00 on Tuesday 20 February 2018

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

    Start date:                  17 September 2018

    Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a full-time PhD Studentship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in Evolutionary Ethics.

    The project will be co-supervised by Dr Stephen Boulter, Dr Helen De Cruz and Dr Johan De Smedt. This proposed PhD project offers an outstanding student the chance to conduct research into evolutionary ethics, a branch of philosophy that is concerned with the evolutionary basis of morality. The student will use a naturalistic approach to the evolution of human morality. 

    We are looking for someone with background knowledge in one or more of the following fields: 

    meta-ethics, normative ethics, philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of archaeology, and philosophy of biology.  Candidates with a strong interest in empirically-informed philosophy are especially encouraged to apply.

    We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within three years.  Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the studentship start date.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

    He or she will join a vibrant and expanding community of doctoral students with access to world-class resources. A full project description will be included in the application pack. 

    The studentships are open to both Home/EU and International students, but the funding will only cover Home/EU research degree fees. Therefore international applicants should be aware that they would need to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International research degree fees each year. Please see this page for information on current International fees:

    /studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---international-students/research-degree-fees-for-international-students/

    As a successful applicant, you will join a supportive and research-active School.  For more information on the School of History, Philosophy and Culture, please visit https://www.brookes.ac.uk/hpc/.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Directors of Studies (sboulter@brookes.ac.uk),

    hde-cruz@brookes.ac.uk and johan.de-smedt@brookes.ac.uk to discuss their application.

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

     hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk quoting Evolutionary Ethics in the subject heading.


    School of Education

    Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship

    Eligibility:                    Home/EU and International students

    Bursary:                      £16,000 for a maximum of three years

    Fees:                           Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate only will be paid by the School of Education

    Deadline:                    The closing date for applications is 13.00 on Tuesday 20th February 2018

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

    Start date:                  17th September 2018

    Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a full-time PhD Studentship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in Landscape and Children’s Literature.

    The project will be co-supervised by Professor Mary Wild and Dr Roger Dalrymple in the Oxford Brookes School of Education with potential involvement from a third, external supervisor. This project offers an outstanding student the chance to conduct research into the role, significance and function of landscape in children’s literature, with a likely emphasis on popular British children’s fantasy fiction of the last fifty years. The precise critical approach to the topic is negotiable but should broadly align with ecocriticism - an interdisciplinary approach to textual analysis which elucidates the constructions and meanings encoded in literary depictions of landscape. The project’s focus should be confined to post-war children’s literature, given the pre-eminence of works of this period in children’s current reading habits and core texts in the primary classroom. 

    He or she will join a vibrant and expanding community of doctoral students with access to world-class resources. A full project description will be included in the application pack. 

    The successful candidate will receive an annual payment of £16,000 as a stipend towards living expenses for a maximum of three years. 

    The studentships are open to both Home/EU and International students. Home/EU fees will be covered by the School of Education for a maximum of three years. However, International applicants should be aware that they would need to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International research degree fees each year. Please note that all fees rise by approximately 4% each year. Please see this page for information on current International fees:

    page for information on current International fees:

    /studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---international-students/research-degree-fees-for-international-students/

    For information on current Home/EU fees: /studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---uk-and-eu-students/research-degree-fees/

    As a successful applicant, you will join a supportive and research-active School.  For more information on the School of Education, please visit https://www.brookes.ac.uk/school-of-education/

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Directors of Studies mwild@brookes.ac.uk and rdalrymple@brookes.ac.uk to discuss their application.

    How to apply: To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please contact hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk quoting Landscape and Children’s Literature in the subject heading.

     


     

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department of History, Philosophy and Culture

    de Rohan Scholarship - September 2018 entry for Home/EU and International applicants

    For September 2018 entry, we are pleased to offer the de Rohan Scholarship to students  studying the MA by Research in Art History in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

     

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

     

    You should apply for your place on the course and then submit your scholarship application.

     

    IF YOU APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP WITHOUT THE OFFER OF A PLACE, YOUR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

     

    The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Monday 25 June 2018. They should be emailed or posted to the address stated on the forms below.

     

    The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the personal statement. You should clearly explain why you are following the MA by Research in Art History programme; what you hope to contribute to the course and the discipline; and what you hope achieving the MA by Research in Art History will contribute to your career and/or personal development.

     

    Please find the application form, notes for guidance and background to the scholarship below.

     

    Download Application Form:

    Home/EU Applicants

    International Applicants

     

    Download Background to Scholarship

    School of Engineering, Computing & Mathematics

    Three and a half years (3.5) full-time funded PhD Studentship

     Eligibility:       All (Home/EU/International)

     Bursary:         £17,142 per year

     Fees:               Tuition fees will be paid by the University

     Deadline:        7 March 2018

     Start-date:      Negotiated depending on the successful candidate's circumstances (June or September 2018)

    “PhD in Engineering and Material Sciences”

    The Faculty of Technology Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University is seeking a highly motivated candidate from an Engineering, Materials or Physics 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 “Upscaling Environment Friendly Cavitation Melt Treatment (UltraMelt2)”.

    Brief Project Description

    Research will open the pathway to the design of more efficient processes that can produce lighter and stronger metallic materials on the industrial scale.

    The successful candidate will join a collaborative team working on the application of ultrasonic melt treatment (UST) to Aluminium alloys. UST is an up and coming green, economic and sustainable engineering process which significantly improves the properties and quality of metallic materials. He/She will be specifically responsible for advanced studies of cavitation mechanisms in liquid metals and validation of computer modelling, with further participation in pilot-scale technology development.

    This project is driven by the technological need to optimise and upscale UST technology to industrial scale and it is supported by two of the biggest Aluminium companies worldwide, Constellium (Europe, UK) and Kaizer Aluminium (USA). Other collaborators include Brunel University London (UK), University of Greenwich (UK), and Anton Paar Ltd (Switzerland). 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 or Physics discipline.

    • Suitable experience in studies (experimental, theoretical or both), e.g. in Engineering Processes, Materials Science, 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 Engineering and Material Sciences.

    Fully completed applications must be sent to tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk, by 17.00 on Wednesday, 7 March 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.

    Information: 
    For all informal requests about the project and this post, please contact Dr Iakovos Tzanakis (itzanakis@brookes.ac.uk)


    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

     

    Cognitive Robotics Laboratory

    Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship

     

    Eligibility:        Home/EU only

     

    Bursary:           £14,300 per year

     

    Fees:                Tuition fees will be paid by the University.

     

    Deadline:          5.00pm on Monday 19 February 2018

     

    Start date:        April 2018

    “PhD Studentship in AI, Digital Ethics and Kindness/virtues”

    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 April 2018.

    The successful candidate, UK/EU nationals only, will work within the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics Cognitive Robotics Laboratory under the supervision of Professor Nigel Crook and his collaborators. This is a fully-funded PhD studentship with annual bursary of £14,300.

    Brief Project Description

     

    The Cognitive Robotics Laboratory at Oxford Brookes University is building a new research programme focused on AI, applied Digital Ethics and Robotics. The project will include collaboration with other departments (especially Psychology) both within Oxford Brookes and with external partners. It will focus on the development and evaluation of AI and robotic systems that embody the virtues (specifically kindness and honesty). The research will draw upon the state-of-the-art research in visual recognition and machine learning and will include elements of psychology, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, human virtues and character.

    The essential selection criteria include:

     

    • An undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in Computing or related discipline, or equivalent experience.
    • Experience in development or application of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning or digital ethics.
    • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
    • Excellent written and oral communication and organisational skills.

    The successful candidate will be responsible to:

     

    • Undertake independent research in machine learning, mathematics and philosophy relevant to the requirements of the multi-partner project.
    • Develop, optimise, validate and apply a range of tools including Machine Learning tools for identifying acts of kindness.
    • 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, tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk, quoting “PhD Studentship in AI Digital Ethics and Kindness.

    Fully completed applications must be sent to tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk, by 5.00 pm on Monday 19 February 2018. 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.

    Information:

     

    For all informal requests about the project and this post, please contact Professor Nigel Crook (ncrook@brookes.ac.uk)