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.

  • There are no funding opportunities available at the moment.

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Sport, Health Science and Social Work

    Three years, full timePhD Research Studentship in the Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences

    Project Title:      OxSOCRATES

    Eligibility:           Home/EU Students

    Bursary:             £15,009

    Fees:                 Tuition fees will be paid for by the University

    Closing Date:     30th March, 5pm

    Start date:          September 2019


    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 Research Degrees application webpage.

    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 funded by the British Heart Foundation and will use advanced MRI, echocardiography, blood tests and a meal-challenge to comprehensively characterise how early metabolic dysfunction (liver and muscle fat, insulin resistance) affects cardiovascular health (arterial stiffness, myocardial energetics, gut vasoreactivity, diastolic function, blood pressure trajectory, left ventricular hypertrophy) in 210 adolescents. Reversibility of this phenotype will be tested in the obese by randomised controlled trial of an exercise program. The study is led by 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:

    • support the assessment of the adolescents in the clinical setting
    • be trained in MRI, ultrasound techniques etc. (training will be offered)
    • be trained in cannulation and handling of blood samples
    • 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 Prof. Helen Dawes or Dr Alexander Jones


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    One year full-time funded Studentship - MSc by Research


    Sponsored by Porton Biopharma Ltd and Oxford Brookes University

    Eligibility                      Home UK/EU students only are eligible to apply


    Bursary: £15,009 for academic year 2019/2020
    Fees: Tuition fees will be paid by the University
    Closing Date: 12 April 2019
    Start date: 16 September 2019


    Project Title: Developing a plant-based recombinant expression system

    Director of Studies: Dr Verena Kriechbaumer (Oxford Brookes University)


    Second Supervisor: Dr Dave Gervais (Porton Biopharma Ltd)

    Entry requirements: Applicants require a good Honours degree (a minimum of 2.1 or equivalent) in Biology or related subject.

    If English is not your first language then you will need to show that your English language skills are  high enough level to succeed in your studies. You will be required to have an IELTS (Academic) test certificate score - minimum 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score of 7. The test certificate must have been issued within the last two years from an approved test centre. Under certain circumstances alternative qualifications may be accepted. Please see

    Project Description:


    Porton Biopharma Ltd are interested in exploring plant-based recombinant expression systems for suspension cell cultures. Plant cell expression provides an original and potentially low-cost system for the production of biotherapeutics. Oxford Brookes University has expertise and facilities for plant cell culture, including several cell types, transformation vectors and technology, and the ability to study protein expression and targeting.

    Application process


    Please complete the application form and return it together with a CV, copies of degree certificates and English language information (if applicable) to  by 5pm on the 12 April 2019.

    For further information on the project please e-mail:


    For further information on the regulations governing an MSc by Research at Oxford Brookes University please see masters-degrees-by-research/


    de Rohan MA by Research Scholarship

    For September 2019 entry, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are pleased to offer the de Rohan Scholarship to full-time and part-time students for the following research degree programme:

    MA by Research in History of Art

    The award is for £7,000 per annum for full-time students.  For part-time students the award is spread over two years at £3,500 per annum.

    The full-time award is open to both Home/EU and International students.  Only Home/EU students can apply for the award on a part-time basis.

    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.


    The deadline for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Friday 21 June 2019. 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 course; what you hope to contribute to the course and the discipline; and what you hope achieving the MA will contribute to your career and/or personal development.

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

    Background information

    Application Form - Home/EU applicants

    Application Form - International applicants

    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

    Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship

    Eligibility: All (Home/EU/International students)

    Bursary: £15,009 per year

    Fees: Tuition fees will be paid by the university

    Deadline for applying: Friday 26th April 2019

    Start date: September 2019

    “PhD Studentship in Prospective Analyses of Sustainable Electric Mobility Scenarios”

    The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at Oxford Brookes University is seeking an independent and highly motivated candidate from a science or technology discipline. The candidate should have an interest in the low carbon transport agenda and have knowledge of life cycle assessment.

    Brief Project Description

    The overall aim of the project is to use life cycle thinking to investigate scenarios of the co-evolution of the transport sector and the electricity grid. This project forms part of a prestigious, multi-partner, Faraday Institution research project entitled Reuse and recycling of lithium ion batteries (ReLIB) The Oxford Brookes research team will work closely with other university and commercial partners. A more detailed project description will be provided in the application pack.

    The essential selection criteria include:
    • At least an upper second class degree (preferably MSc) in a Science or Technology  discipline
    • Knowledge of, and experience in, life cycle assessment
    • Excellent study record
    • Experience of processing, analysing and manipulating large amounts of technical data
    • Capability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Excellent written and oral communication, and organisational skills. Proficiency in written English is required (for non UK-graduated citizens – an IELTS certificate with sufficient level is required).
    • A real passion and commitment for research.
    The successful candidate will:
    • Assess the environmental benefits of Li-ion battery recycling, within the broader context of the on-going transitions to electric mobility and low-carbon electricity
    • Evaluate a range of prospective scenarios involving electricity grid evolution, electric vehicle uptake, traction battery reuse and recycling options
    • Analyse the overall energy and environmental consequences of these scenarios using a coherent and fully integrated consequential life cycle assessment (CLCA) model
    • Participate in research meetings, travel to partner institutions and undertake supplementary research methods training, if necessary, in their first year of study.
    Application Process:

    Please request an application pack from the Research Support Office,, quoting “PhD Studentship in Prospective Analyses of Sustainable Electric Mobility Scenarios”.

    Fully completed applications must be sent to, by 17.00 on Friday 26th April 2019. As part of the application process you will be required to upload a cover letter, 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 as part of your online application. Please be advised that the selection process may involve an interview towards the end of May.


    For all informal requests about the project and this studentship, please contact Dr Marco Raugei ( or Professor Allan Hutchinson (

    Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships

    Applications are open for Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries to spend 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.

    The scholarships are for study starting in October 2019, and are aimed at high-quality graduates whose proposed research has a developmental focus and who have the potential to become influential teachers or researchers in their home countries.

    Split-site Scholarships are delivered through an institutional or departmental link between the candidate's home university and proposed UK university.

    The closing date for applications is 4 February 2019. For full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit

    Further information about the Postgraduate Doctoral Loan scheme can be found at
    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/