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.

  • Funding opportunities for continuing research students will be advertised here when they are available.

    Oxford Brookes Business School

    3 year, funded PhD Studentship:  Migration, work and organisations

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

    Fees: 3 years of fees will be paid by Oxford Brookes Business School

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is 3 December 2018 (12 Noon) Interview date: Interviews will be held in week beginning the 10 of December

    Start date: January/April 2019

    Eligibility: Home/EU

    The Centre for Business, Society and Global Challenges at the Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford Brookes University is offering a studentship to an exceptional candidate seeking to study for a full time PhD in migration, work and organisations starting in January or April 2019.

    This full-time studentship, which includes a commitment of seminar teaching to undergraduate students, will be for 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress

    The Project

    Engaging in paid or unpaid work and transition in the labour market are often important in shaping migration trajectories and integration experiences for economic migrants and refugees. Current political, economic and social developments globally have introduced a variety of challenges for migrants and organisations – driving new forms of mobility whilst fundamentally changing the terms of engagement between actors and institutions. We are interested in examining how commercial and non-commercial organisations, and experiences of work within workplaces, shape migrants’ integration into the labour market, alongside their settlement more generally, as well as understanding the distinctive forms of migrant agency that are brought to bear upon these processes. Moreover, the study may also account for how other organisations, including civil society bodies, NGOs and state institutions, impact upon migrants’ entry into work, learning and development, and their broader adjustment to working in the host society, identifying both the scope and limitations for enabling migrant agency within these organisations.

    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 (e.g. organization studies, sociology, geography, anthropology or migration studies). Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong 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 3 years. Funding will cover the three year period subject to the candidate making satisfactory progress annually. PhD students will take part in the School’s PhD programme, which offers seminars and training on research methodology as well as a collegiate environment to present work in progress.

    Candidates interested in discussing their proposals can contact the supervisory team: Dr Peter Lugosi ( and Dr Tamsin Barber (

    For more information about research in the Business School visit:

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

    Please ensure you quote Migration and work in the email title when applying.

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences                                                                                              

    Departmentof Sport, Health Science and Social Work

    Three years, full time PhD Research Studentship in Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences

    Project Title: EPIC: Exercise, Physiology, Imaging and Cardiometabolism

    Eligibility: UK/EU

    Bursary: £14,777 (2018/2019)

    Fees: Tuition fees will be paid for by the University

    Closing Date: 09 December 2018, 5pm

    Start date: 08 April 2019

    How to apply:

    Completed application forms should be emailed to together with a CV.


    Applicant must hold a UK/EU passport and a degree in a discipline related to the expectations of the role. For full details of entry requirements please visit the Postgraduate Courses Entry Requirements.

    Project description:

    For this studentship, the successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary research team at the Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS) working on a pioneering new University of Oxford study, “OxSOCRATES”, that addresses the origins of cardiovascular disease in the young and, in particular, how sedentary behaviour and obesity contribute to early disease development.

    The study is the first of its kind to be funded by the British Heart Foundation and is under the overall leadership of the Principal Investigator, Dr. Alexander Jones (Paediatric Cardiologist and Senior Clinical Scientist, Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford), who brings expertise in the early cardiometabolic abnormalities of childhood that precede established adult cardiovascular disease, and works in close collaboration with Professor Helen Dawes (Director of MOReS, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University), who brings a wealth of expertise from her studies of children’s exercise physiology in the Oxfordshire region.

    The successful candidate will be expected to:

    • engage with and visit participating schools
    • provide an exercise intervention and ongoing support to participating schools
    • participate fully in relevant research activities
    • present at relevant scientific meetings and to publish their work

    Appropriate training relevant to undertaking a PhD will be provided as well as an honorary contract with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    Any successful candidate will be subject to a DBS search once they enrol. In view of checking procedures they will be required to exhibit specified documents:

    For further information on the project please e-mail Professor Helen Dawes or Dr Alexander Jones

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

    Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work,

    Oxford Brookes Centre for Nutrition and Health

    Masters (MSc) by Research one year, full-timeStudentship sponsored by Slimming World

    Bursary:                       £14,777 for academic year 2018/2019

    Fees:                            Tuition fees will be paid by theUniversity

    Closing Date:               28 November 2018, 5.00pm

    Interview Date(s):          4 or 10 December 2018

    Start date:                    21 January 2019

    Project Title: The effects of ready meal consumption on appetite, satiety and subsequent food intake

    Director of Studies and main supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillier

    2nd supervisor: Dr Helen Lightowler

    Eligibility: Applicants require a good Honours degree (2.1 or equivalent) in Nutrition or related subject. Applicants must have or be eligible for AfN registration as a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ARNutr). Home UK, EU only are eligible to apply.

    Project Description:

    In the last year alone, UK consumers have spent over £1.6 billion on supermarket ready meals. Statistica Consumer Goods predicts a market value growth in the ready meal industry of 19.5% between the years 2015-2019. Previous research investigating the composition of supermarket ready meals has found them to be high in protein, fat, saturated fat, whilst low in carbohydrates. As current NHS guidelines on weight management highlight decreasing fat intake, especially saturated fat, it is important to develop products that align more with NHS guidelines, whilst keeping consumers satiated and satisfied.

    This project aims to explore the scientific principles of satiety and energy density in a new range of commercially available ready meals and is sponsored by Slimming World.

    The project will be based in the Centre for Nutrition and Health at Oxford Brookes University. Oxford Brookes Centre for Nutrition and Health undertakes leading edge research focused on tackling overweight and obesity, improving glycaemic control and reducing inflammation, thereby helping to improve the health and well-being of the global population.

    For further information on the project please e-mail: Dr Sarah E Hillier

    How to apply:

    Email the Research Administrator for an application pack. Completed application forms should be returned to by the deadline.




    There are no funding opportunities available at the moment.

    There are no funding opportunities available at the moment.

    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.
    • Students are encouraged to apply from Year 1 as it cannot be backdated.