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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.

Alan Johnson PhD Scholarship

The University of Hull is delighted to announce a PhD scholarship commencing in 2019/20. 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: Monday 1 April 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

Self-funded students from outside the EU are welcome to apply to join the NECAH programme. If your first language is not English you may be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (with no component lower than 7.0) or equivalent.


Long Term Autonomy in Robotic Systems

The University of Hull is an established institution with a strong track record for exciting and innovative world leading research. Within the Department of Computer Science and Technology we have a strong Artificial Intelligence and Robotics research group with undergraduate programmes in Mechatronics and Robotics. The Department of Computer Science and Technology works closely with a number of partners including Project AURA, a collaboration that brings together low carbon energy and offshore wind.

The scholarships in this cluster, working with research groups in the Department of Computer Science and across the institution, are looking to develop innovation in long-term autonomy and energy management for inspection and maintenance, with research into sustainable long term robotic systems. Including the development of robotic metabolisms for energy conservation and environmental energy gathering. 

Application deadline: Friday 15 March 2019

Modelling adaptive radiotherapy biomarkers

Radiotherapy is a key cancer treatment strategy, but remains an underrepresented area of research focus in the UK and worldwide. 

There are several classic methodologies for evaluating radiobiological responses in tumours, but these are mostly focused on static responses post irradiation. Therefore, the development, validation, and standardisation of laboratory methodologies focused on biomarkers of adaptive radiotherapy responses remain an expanding area of research in the field.

This project will be focused in developing and evaluating novel strategies for studying radiobiological biomarkers. 

Application deadline: Monday 18 March 2019


Machine learning of coastal flood risk

Fluvial, storm-surge and tsunami flooding are a significant geohazard risks to coastline dominated countries. The low elevation “coastal zone” represents <2% of the Earth’s total land area, but supports >10% of total world GDP. The risks posed by large but infrequent flooding is by nature difficult to assess, given the paucity of historical records. 

This project will advance new machine-learning methods to invert, and distinguish between, past records of terrestrial flooding, storm-surges and tsunamis, that are preserved in sedimentary deposits in coastal zones. 

Application deadline: Monday 8 April 2019

Machine learning for modelling water safety

This project will apply deep learning to the processing and analysis of openly available environmental data, including topographical maps, satellite images, water sensors and social media data to gain a full understanding of the water quality in different regions of the world. For example; identify chemicals, nutrients, pollutants in water, and also inform a predictive model that maps and predicts changes of water conditions as a consequence of natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, storms etc. 

Application deadline: Monday 8 April 2019


Evolving a Plastics Circular Economy

Plastic has changed the way we live, but the time has come to address the way in which it is used and disposed of. We urgently need new ways of thinking about the problems of plastic use.

The so-called “Circular Economy” represents an alternative, more sustainable model to the traditional linear economy. A linear model follows the path of make, use and dispose. In a circular economy however, we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of their service life.

The University of Hull has been awarded an £1.1M institutional award from the UKRI for a Creative Circular Economy Approaches to Eliminating Plastics Waste project entitled ‘Evolving a Circular Plastics Economy’. This project will enable us to drive forward exiting innovative cross-disciplinary research and is intended to very rapidly catalyse new ideas across the research landscape. 

As part of this project, the university is also funding a Circular Economy PhD cluster, where the successful students will become part of one of the largest interdisciplinary groups holistically researching reducing plastics waste in the UK, with over 24 academics working together in our Plastics Collaboratory

Application deadline: Monday 1 April 2019

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship: North American Indigenous Languages in the British Library's Post-1850 Collections

The British Library and the University of Hull are pleased to invite applications for a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship, starting from 1 October 2019.

This doctoral award is funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council under its Collaborative Doctoral Programme. The research will be jointly supervised by Professor Joy Porter at the University of Hull, and Dr Fran Fuentes, Curator for North American Printed Collections at the British Library.

The successful candidate will undertake interdisciplinary transnational research on ‘North American Indigneous Languages in the British Library's Post-1850s Collections' that engages with current debates about the role of libraries in collecting, preserving and promoting indigenous languages, and the ethical issues that such activities raise.


The successful candidate would be expected to develop the research topic for the PhD thesis around their own interests and expertise, within the collaborative framework of the project detailed below.

Application deadline: Monday 15 April 2019

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