PhD scholarships with bursaries within the school of Human and Health Sciences open to competitive application for September 2018

University of Huddersfield - Human and Health Sciences

The Scholarships

A new opportunity is available for four outstanding doctoral candidates to develop their careers as researchers within the School of Human and Health Sciences at Huddersfield University. The School has an ambitious programme of research that is making a real difference to people's lives. We are highly collaborative, working closely with others to tackle real-world problems for health and society. We help to form opinions. We drive improvements to practice. And we influence policy. In short, we make things better. Postgraduate research students are an integral part of our research community. Working closely with our leading research centres they play an important role in helping us achieve our shared aspirations. 

Huddersfield University has a growing research reputation and is also a TEF Gold and multiple award-winning institution.  Our postgraduate research community has expanded considerably in recent years and we would now like to attract further doctoral researchers of excellent potential with the offer of four scholarships.  These comprise bursaries with full fee waivers, and there is the possibility of further fee waiver only Scholarships for impressive candidates.  All postgraduate researchers in our School benefit from skilled supervision by experienced and enthusiastic researchers and a comprehensive programme of training in research methods and researcher development.

Three of our bursaries are intended to supplement the new UK doctoral loan and are therefore set at £6,000 per annum over three years. 

A fourth three-year bursary is set at £14,800 for 2018-19 (rising each year) and is offered as part of the University Alliance, Social Policy Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) scheme.

For all four scholarships, tuition fees (Home/EU rates only) will be waived for the three years during which the bursary is received and, if necessary, for a writing-up year. Overseas applicants will be required to cover the annual difference between Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates (for 2018/19 this difference is £9,835 per annum).

Who we are looking for

As well as a current or imminent first-class undergraduate degree or distinction at masters’ level, you will have a passion for your discipline/s.  You are likely to have demonstrated your potential as a high calibre researcher through either employment in a research setting or conducting impactful research as part of a master’s qualification.  We would also be interested in your application if you have demonstrated outstanding research potential through empirical research conducted during an undergraduate degree.  You may already have direct work experience of areas where your research might be applied and, regardless of whether or not you are a practitioner, you will certainly have a clear view of the potential impact of your proposed research findings.

Your knowledge of your proposed field of enquiry will be sufficient for you to be developing critical insights already, yet you will be keen to develop your understanding through supervision and collaborative work.  Problem-solving should be something you enjoy and, although you will already be developing expertise in use of certain research methods, you should be keen to make use of the opportunities for further research methods training within the School.  We are aiming to recruit applicants in several key research areas though within these broad areas you will be given considerable freedom to develop your research ideas.  Therefore, we are looking for candidates who are creative and imaginative, yet able to adapt their ideas to fit with the constraints of real world settings, the guidance of their supervision team and the research priorities of the School. 

We will award the bursaries to applicants who not only have the potential to produce an exceptional piece of work but are also keen to play an active role in developing the research culture of our School, contributing to seminars and other research events.  You should have an aptitude for communicating your research ideas and an interest in fostering the development of less experienced researchers. A condition of the bursaries is that you will contribute an average of 6 hours per week to assisting with undergraduate teaching, preparation and marking and/or supporting staff research, without additional payment. We will try to ensure that this work is related to your expertise and interests and that it contributes to your professional development.  However, we are also looking for applicants who can be flexible and are prepared to contribute to activities outside their immediate research interests if the situation demands.

We will award the bursaries to applicants who do not intend to engage in more than six hours per week of additional paid work outside the University.  Applications for full-time study are preferred, though we would consider applications for part-time study with a pro-rata bursary over up to six years from those whose circumstances (e.g. disability, caring responsibilities) prevent full-time study. However, there would still be an expectation of significant engagement in the general research and teaching activity of the School, though at a lower level than a full-time student.

Areas of research for which applications are invited

For all four scholarships, we are particularly interested in attracting applications proposing a research project relevant to the research themes listed below, or an interdisciplinary project which spans two or more of these areas. Those interested in applying for the Doctoral Training Alliance bursary will need to submit a research proposal for themes marked with an asterisk and the proposal must have a substantial social policy focus. The links below provide further information about each research theme and also indicate which aspects of a theme are open to applications for the DTA bursary.  

For the three £6000 bursaries we may consider applications outside the above areas if they are of particular merit and match our supervisory strengths and other areas of research, though applications for the above areas are likely to be prioritised.  You can find out more about the broader activities of our School research centres by following the links below. 

As a first step you are strongly advised to explore the links to the research themes above and contact the relevant members of academic staff to discuss your proposed project. You should then fill out an online application form available from submit this no later than Friday 7th July, 2018.

For further information about the staff above leading these research themes, please see our staff profiles.

Instructions for filling out the application form:

  • Where the application form asks about payment of fees you should select ‘other’ and indicate either that you are applying for the ‘School of Human and Health Sciences 2018 bursary Scholarships’ and/or the ‘Social Policy DTA Scholarship’.
  • Under ‘subject you wish to study’ you should indicate the name of the research theme your proposal is addressing, or leave this blank
  • In the box where you are asked for a research proposal you should include the following, labelled clearly as 1, 2 and 3:
  1. A proposal for a project which would lend itself to PhD study. You do not have to have decided all aspects of your study design at this stage as the first few months of a PhD programme would be spent shaping your planned research further with your supervisors.  However, you should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of relevant literature and research methods, a clear grasp of the likely significance and impact of your proposed research and an ability to design a research project to address the stated aims.  You can find the University’s general guidance on producing a research proposal for postgraduate research here: (1000-2000 words)
  2. A summary of how your previous experience and learning has equipped you to work at doctoral level and to execute the planned project (500 words approx)
  3. An outline of what you would bring to the School research community which would enable you to make a productive contribution as a postgraduate researcher and teaching assistant, beyond the requirements of your individual research project.  This might include contributing to seminars, assisting with staff research, assisting with undergraduate workshops and marking of assignments (300 words approx.)
  • Under ‘please choose your research degree program’ you should select a PhD in whichever of the following subjects best fits your background and proposed research: Psychology, Sociology, Criminology/Criminal Justice, Social work and Social Policy, Politics and International Studies, Public Health, Nursing and Midwifery, Applied Health Sciences (If you do not select one of these PhD programs your application will be sent to a different School)

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview, which will take place on Friday 27th July. Shortlisting will be based on (a) the quality of the proposal (b) its fit with our key research priorities (c) the applicant’s previous academic achievements (d) the applicant’s statements 2 & 3 above regarding personal and academic qualities.

For general enquiries about the Scholarships, please contact Dr Dawn Leeming, Director of Graduate Education, School of Human and Health Sciences at For enquiries about the DTA Scholarship please contact Dr Bernard Gallagher  For more specific queries about the research themes please use the links to the above research themes to contact relevant staff.

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