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PhD Scholarship in Child Health Technology (x 2)

Sheffield Hallam University - Research and Innovation

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 24th May 2019
Closes: 1st July 2019

Fixed Term for 3 years (full-time), 5 years (part-time)

UKRI national minimum doctoral stipend rates (£15,009 per annum for 2019/20 full-time study, reduced rate for part-time).

Collaborative PhD scholarships in Child Health Technology

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Hallam University are inviting applications for collaborative PhD scholarships in the area of Child Health Technology. Two PhD scholarships are available, jointly funded by Sheffield Hallam University and The Children's Hospital Charity.

Scholarships are available for 3 years of full-time or 5 years of part-time study.

The focus of the call is for novel developments in Child Health Technology. This collaboration will enable two PhD researchers to explore creative approaches to developing health technologies which directly address an identified clinical need and improve healthcare outcomes for patients.

We are inviting research proposals in all areas of Child Health Technology. Your research proposal should demonstrate that it aligns with national strategic priorities in child health and addresses an identified clinical need.

Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Children's Hospital have a history of successful research collaboration, including PhD research .Research at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust covers a wide range of clinical specialties, working with some of the country’s leading professionals in paediatric conditions.

The Sheffield Children’s Clinical Research Facility (CCRF) opened in 2008 and was the first paediatric clinical research facility in the UK. Our Directorate of Research and Innovation is a ‘one stop shop’ for research professionals, supporting both the set up and delivery of research running at the Trust.

Currently we have over 300 research projects open in the Trust and these range from highly complex clinical trials of investigative medicinal products to small pilot studies. Last year over 2500 patients and volunteers participated in research at our Trust. Much of the research we undertake is funded wholly or in part by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and in 2018-19 our Trust was the top performing Trust in the region for recruitment to NIHR badged children’s research studies – an accolade we have achieved 2 years running.

Within our Clinical Research Facility we have a team of highly skilled research nurses, officers and data managers to support our research. We also have a team specialising in all aspects of research governance. We are keen to grow our own researchers and support those who are at the early stages of their clinical research careers. We believe our excellent research facilities offer researchers all that they may require to support their research ambitions and we aim to see research expand in all of our clinical specialties.

Visit our website for more information on our research interests and the Trust

Sheffield Children’s NHS FT hosts the NIHR Children and Young People MedTech Co-operative (NIHR CYP MedTech) and the National TITCH (Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health) network. These child health technology networks have been established to support the development and spread of child health technology through partnership across the clinical, academic and private sector. NIHR CYP MedTech and TITCH has successfully supported funding calls, worked with SMEs to bring technology to the NHS and identified unmet needs leading to technology areas in key fields of paediatrics and child health. For more information visit and

Research at Sheffield Hallam in the area of child health encompasses a range of disciplines and approaches. We provide a multi-disciplinary research environment with expertise spanning engineering; materials science; biomolecular sciences and tissue engineering; design and co-design methodologies; the use and development of digital media and gaming applications for clinical applications; qualitative and quantitative approaches to understanding the patient experience; physical activity, exercise science and lifestyle interventions; and health and social care. See our website and brochure for an overview of some of our health technologies research.


Applicants should have a clinical or specified healthcare professional background. See here.


Scholarships provide University tuition fees at Home/EU levels and an annual maintenance stipend at standard UKRI national minimum doctoral stipend rates (£15,009 per annum for 2019/20 full-time study, reduced rate for part-time).

How to apply

Please visit our website for further details on these scholarships and essential information on eligibility and how to apply.

Closing date: 01/07/2019 at 23.30pm

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