Grand Union DTP: ESRC funded PhD studentship in Health and Wellbeing

Brunel University London - Institute of Environment, Health and Societies

Brunel University London is pleased to invite applications for a doctoral studentship in Health and Wellbeing. The studentship is available through the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (GUDTP), an exciting new collaboration between Brunel, the University of Oxford and the Open University. Successful applicant to commence study in October 2017 as part of the first GUDTP cohort with access to innovative social science research training from all three universities. 

The GUDTP Health and Wellbeing Pathway is led by Brunel and delivered collaboratively by the three universities. The Brunel studentship will be based within the University’s Institute of Environment, Health and Societies (IEHS), a cross-university Institute undertaking fundamental and applied research to address health and wellbeing inequalities and promote social justice. Studentships are available across a wide agenda of the most significant national and global health and wellbeing challenges, offering applicants opportunities to join expert teams. These include our internationally recognised researchers in sport, health and physical activity and ageing studies. Areas of expertise include, but are not restricted to:

  • sport, physical activity, health and wellbeing;
  • health and wellbeing in older age;
  • lifestyle behaviours and health inequalities;
  • health and wellbeing among young people, including sexual health and anti-violence interventions;
  • health economics.

More information on the Health and Wellbeing research areas available at Brunel is available at

How to apply

The Studentship is available as either a three year PhD (+3) or four year studentship, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. The successful applicant for a Full-time award will receive an annual maintenance stipend of £14,296 per year (2016-17 rate, paid in quarterly instalments) for the period of their award (three or four years). All awards receive an additional London Weighting payment of £2000. A successful applicant for a Part-time award will be paid pro rata for the period of their award (six or eight years).

Applicants must have a first-class or good upper-second-class undergraduate degree in a subject area relevant to their proposed research. A postgraduate masters degree is not essential, but is desirable. Any non-native speaker who has not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section). 

Applications for this pathway should be emailed to and will include the following:

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A personal statement supporting your application;
  • A Research Proposal;
  • Names and contact details of academic referees;
  • Transcripts and certificates of educational qualifications;
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable.

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview. Following the interview, applicants will receive an initial decision about whether they are being nominated for a Grand Union DTP scholarship. Nominees will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Brunel University Admissions. A final decision from the DTP Panel on the award of a studentship will be advised by April 2017. Nominees who meet the required standard for doctoral study will also be advised of any alternative opportunities for doctoral study at Brunel.

Deadline for applications is Friday 20th January 2017.

*This position does not meet the criteria of a skilled job for Tier 2 sponsorship which has to be at least at NQF level 6.


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