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Delivering exceptional research

Without quality researchers, there can be no quality research.

This is why we invest into PhD scholarships and support you during every step of your research journey. Many of our projects are interdisciplinary and in collaboration with industry.

If you choose to carry out your postgraduate studies with us, you will become part of a vibrant, forward-thinking research community.

Register now to keep up to date about our scholarship rounds for 2019 and beyond.

ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarships

The University of Hull is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership - a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, Bradford and Manchester Metropolitan University - and through this is able to offer a range of ESRC Postgraduate Scholarships.

To be considered for this funding, you must submit an application for PhD study to the University of Hull by 5pm, Wednesday 23 January.

ESRC-funded postgraduates follow a 3-year PhD programme (known as a '+3') or a 4-year programme consisting of a Masters plus PhD (known as a '1+3'). Applicants are invited to submit a proposal that fits into one of the following interdisciplinary pathways.  Studentships have to be based in the subject area listed below for a given pathway, but can be co-supervised by a member of staff from a different disciplinary background. Applicants are strongly advised to contact a potential supervisor for support in designing their project. 

Application deadline: Wednesday 23 January 2019

Falling through the net: examining the causes of child trafficking and exploitation

The Wilberforce Institute is a postgraduate institute dedicated to improving the conditions of people around the world in situations of slavery and exploitation. 

We're offering three full-time scholarships investigating child trafficking and exploitation. The scholarships form the basis of a new research cluster that will examine the problem of contemporary cross-border child trafficking through a wide historical lens. The aim is not just to undertake ground-breaking research, but to inform policy and improve outcomes for those in conditions of exploitation.

The Institute places high importance on the contribution of its PhD students to the research agenda of the Institute. Our students meet regularly for the exchange and discussion of ideas and successful applicants will be expected to play a central role in the intellectual and administrative development of the cluster, as well as its outputs.

Application deadline: Wednesday 23 January 2019

Sensing and Safeguarding the Water Environment

Water pollution from industry, agriculture and urban settings is a major global pressure on human and ecological health. Effective monitoring of water quality is vital to safeguard our water supply and managing the health of our aquatic ecosystems. 

Traditional monitoring has relied on relatively expensive physical sensors operating at low spatial resolution that require skilled personnel for servicing and maintenance. Such sensing systems are often not affordable; in particular in those jurisdictions with the greatest challenges concerning water quality. A fuller understanding of water quality and pollution dynamics, including sources and behaviour of pollutants are often lacking, hindering cost-effective and targeted environmental management.

With recent breakthroughs in pump- and label-free fluid processing as well as label-free high sensitivity sensing, complex sample processing workflows can now be greatly simplified, offering a pathway to create high density networks of automated sensors or enrolling members of the general public in gathering data with simple sensors.

In this cluster we bring together experts in environmental sciences for marine, coastal and river waters with experts in lab-on-a-chip, nanophysics sensing technologies and lifecycle engineering as well as big data analytics to address research questions in this area.

Application deadline: Wednesday 23 January 2019

Living with Water: Perceptions, Processes, Responses and Mitigation of Flooding

The magnitude and frequency of flooding and the associated risks to infrastructure, economic activity and human life are known to be increasing due to changes in rainfall and storm intensity, frequency and seasonality, in conjunction with the pressures of increased development on floodplains and in the coastal zone. There is a need for society to adapt to Live with Water.

This PhD cluster will focus on better understanding the impacts of flooding and improving the approaches to mitigating flood risk to societies. The cluster brings together researchers in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Life Sciences, and Computer Science with social scientists and physical and numerical modellers in Geography and Geology.

Application deadline: Wednesday 23 January 2019

Bridging the Divide: Living with Multimorbidities

The aim of this interdisciplinary cluster is to develop an understanding of Multimorbidity (MMB) through determining the ‘lived experience’ of MMB, which is essential to advance patient care, improve the education of health and social care professionals and ensure the effective use of increasingly limited resources.

Research, all too often, shies away from the ‘messy reality’ of living with multiple medical conditions. It is not uncommon, for example, to exclude people living with MMB from clinical trials, or to prioritise one condition over another to the detriment of understanding the collective interaction of comorbidities. This research cluster prioritises the collection of voices of people living with MMB and their families and carers.

Application deadline: Wednesday 23 January 2019

Adaptive Radiotherapy: Engineering the radiobiological tumour for improved radiation success

Radiotherapy is a key cancer treatment strategy, but remains an underrepresented area of research focus in the UK and worldwide. The Adaptive Radiotherapy PhD studentship cluster is focused on radiotherapy research training and capacity building at the University of Hull and in the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust (HEYH-NHS).

You will be embedded in an active, dynamic, research environment, with access to all research facilities both at the University of Hull relevant to the cluster (Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science), as well as the Medical Physics facilities, Molecular Imaging Research Centre and instruments at Castle Hill Hospital. 

Application deadline: Wednesday 23 January 2019

NERC Panorama Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

The NERC Panorama DTP spans the science of Earth’s atmosphere, geosphere and biosphere.

It is hosted by eight academic departments accross the Universities of Leeds, York and Hull, building on a history of bi-lateral and multi-lateral research collaborations.

Through high quality research projects and training, we attract excellent postgraduate students into natural environment science research and train them for future employment and leadership, enabling them to contribute to environmental well-being and UK economic prosperity.

Application deadline: Monday 7 January 2019

Marine Microplastics - From Source to Sink

Since the onset of mass production of plastics in the 1950’s the flux of plastics to the marine environment has been a growing problem (Cole at al., 2011), such that microplastic contamination of the oceans is now one of the world’s most pressing environmental concerns (Hurley et al., 2018).

Microplastic pollution is known to be interacting with organisms and entering primary levels of the marine food chain (Cole et al., 2013) causing a range of unidentified and unquantified ecological outcomes.

Critically, we have little understanding of the complex biological, bio-physical and bio-chemical interactions associated with the ingestion of microplastics and how this influences their fate and the fate of marine ecosystems.

Significant research is therefore needed to address some of the critical gaps in our knowledge of microplastics in the marine environment.

This cluster of 6 PhD scholarships will investigare the physical processes and dynamics of plastic particles from fluvial source zones, through estuarine stores to marine sinks, the ecological impacts on remote and local environments and the ecophysiological and ecotoxicological effects on individual species and ecosystems.

Application deadline: Wednesday 23 January 2019

Alan Johnson PhD Scholarship

The University of Hull is delighted to announce a PhD scholarship commencing in 2018/19. The successful candidate will undertake research in the field of British politics and government, and benefit from access to the recently deposited personal papers of Alan Johnson.

Alan Johnson was Member of Parliament for Hull West and Hessle for twenty years (1997-2017) and was a leading figure in the Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. His ministerial career included periods as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Trade and Industry, Education and Skills, Health, and, finally, as Home Secretary.

Application deadline: Wednesday 23 January 2019

Heritage Consortium Scholarships

The Heritage Consortium (led by the University of Hull, consists of Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam and Teesside universities) invites high-quality proposals for PhD studentships tenable for three years from 1 October 2019. 

The Consortium invites research proposals in and across the boundaries of the following subject areas, relating to Heritage:

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Geography
  • Museum and Gallery Studies
  • Archives
  • Cultural Studies and Popular Culture
  • Economic and Social History
  • Cultural History
  • Heritage Management

Application deadline: Monday 25 February 2019

NECAH Scholarships

The North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities, led by the University of Hull, invites high-quality proposals from applicants for up to 6 PhD studentships tenable for three years from 1 October 2019.

The Consortium invites proposals for research in and across the boundaries of the disciplines it represents, which include:

  • Art and Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Arts and New Media
  • Drama and Performing Arts
  • English Language and Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Music
  • Film

The Consortium is also particularly interested in proposals which address the following themes:

  • Identity and Hybridity Studies
  • Mobility and Migration Studies
  • Transnationality Studies
  • Social, Cultural & Environmental Sustainability Studies
  • Creativity in Cultures & Communities

Application deadline: Monday 25 February 2019

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