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PhD Scholarships

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 2021 and beyond.

ESRC White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

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

The University of Hull can accept applications to five Interdisciplinary Themed Pathways of ESRC training in the 1+3 (Masters and PhD), +3 (PhD only), for both full and part-time study. 

In addition to the Themed Pathway awards, the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTPalso offers 4 fully funded Advanced Quantitative Methods Awards. The DTP will give priority to those who will be working with large data sets (an ESRC priority).

You are strongly advised to contact a potential supervisor and to discuss your research proposal, well before you submit an application.  All applicants should submit a standard PhD application to the University of Hull.  Shortlisted applicants will be aided to prepare an application to the DTP.

Application deadline: Wednesday 29 January 2020


Happy Chemical Cluster: exploring serotonin as the missing link between pollution, climate, animal behaviour and human health

We’re looking to recruit three PhD students to join our “Happy Chemical Cluster” and work with us on Animal Behaviour and/or Molecular Biology. These projects will focus on the role of serotonin -  a chemical known to contribute to wellbeing and happiness - and often called the happy chemical, and of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). In fact, SSRI are some of the most frequently prescribed drugs for the treatment of depression but the role of serotonin is complex, associated with appetite, anxiety, temperature regulation, sexual activity and sleep. 

Here at the University of Hull, we have the opportunity to examine the role of serotonin in various animal behaviours and better understand the molecular pathways involved, and the likely impacts of pollution of waterways with SSRI, using our superb aquarium systems and molecular laboratories.

You will join a thriving and supportive community of postgraduate students across the Departments of Biological & Marine Sciences and Biomedical Sciences, with regular lab meetings, journal clubs, Departmental seminars and annual postgraduate conferences. Depending on the PhD project, you will be supported with Home Office training for licensed procedures, animal tracking and behavioural analysis, animal husbandry, biochemical analyses, molecular biology methods, bioinformatics, ecotoxicology and pharmacology. Candidates with some experience already in any of these would be welcome.

Application deadline: Wednesday 29 January 2020

Homeless Healthcare Hull

The aim of this interdisciplinary research cluster is to better understand and improve healthcare services for homeless people in the UK.  Three distinct PhDs in Hull York Medical School will examine homeless healthcare service users with particular attention to hospital admissions and discharge, experiences of homelessness, barriers to self-care, and access to primary care services.  

Homeless people are more likely than the general population to be victims of violent crime and abuse and significantly at more risk of numerous health issues including mental health problems, substance misuse, chronic diseases, skin problems, infectious diseases and oral health problems.

These issues are frustrated by difficulties accessing primary healthcare services or feeling stigmatised by healthcare providers. Improved homeless healthcare provision has the potential to avoid premature deaths and significantly improve the lives of homeless people in the UK.  Homeless Healthcare Hull is an exciting opportunity for three candidates to undertake doctoral research into this challenging but crucially important area.

As members of the Academy of Primary Care and Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research, you will join a vibrant research environment with dedicated facilities and resources. You will be based at the award-winning Allam Medical Building where you will be supported by an interdisciplinary supervisory team with expertise in generalist medicine, patient-centred care, drug addiction, victimisation, alcohol dependence, long-term conditions, social inclusion and health inequalities.

Your doctoral research will make use of our collaborative connections with primary care networks, local hospitals, Hull City Council and homeless healthcare services.  

Application deadline: Wednesday 29 January 2020

Clinical Application of Next Generation Microbiome Profiling

Hull York Medical School are looking for talented candidates to join a multi-disciplinary cluster of four funded PhD scholarships. Working with a major industry partner you will develop and apply cutting edge microbiome profiling technologies to real world clinical and consumer applications.

We are covered, inside and out, by diverse communities of microorganisms, collectively termed our ‘microbiota’. These microorganisms are intimately associated with their micro-environment, producing a range of factors that regulate both our heath and susceptibility to disease.

As a student within this cluster you will focus on understanding the microbial complexity of the skin or respiratory tract, two tissues that are currently poorly studied. You will explore new ways to promote a “healthy” microbiome, test the microbe-supporting effects of new products, or develop new methods to characterise the resistance of wound bacteria at the population level.

Supervised by a team of internationally recognised academics you will have access to outstanding research facilities, including the Hull “VIPER” high performance computing, and NHS/clinical partners.

These projects will provide unique “big data” bioscience training, within a vibrant, supportive research environment, equipping you with skills that are essential for a future career in modern academia or industry. 

Application deadline: Wednesday 29 January 2020

Better Policing, Safer Communities

Applications are invited for PhD scholarships, to join a multi-disciplinary Research Cluster, working with experts from across the University as part of the, Humberside Police-Academic Collaboration (H-PAC).

The common theme for this diverse range of research topics is to improve community safety through better policing. The topics have been co-produced with Humberside Police to meet the Force priorities, to support government strategies and to reflect the new ongoing commitment to collaboration between University of Hull and Humberside Police.

In addition to having two internal academic supervisors, each candidate will have a third supervisor who is a senior police officer. Students will be required to undertake 12 weeks of placement with Humberside Police during the PhD programme and to make an annual progress presentation to Humberside Police.

This novel continuous co-production model of supervision is designed to create researchers who are uniquely qualified to lead the future of policing research.

Application deadline: Wednesday 29 January 2020



Living with the consequences of 'modern slavery'

The cluster explores critical questions of victimology in modern slavery studies. It aims to investigate critically the problems experienced by those living with the consequences of ‘modern slavery’, whether directly as ‘victims’ of exploitation, or indirectly as ‘victims’ of the measures put in place to prevent it.

This cluster focuses attention on the pitfalls of intervention as well as the benefits. There are two strands.

Currently there is much emphasis on identifying those affected by modern forms of slavery through raids and rescue operations, known as the carceral approach (Bernstein, 2012). The attribution of victim status and hence their access to support, protection and justice, is entirely dependent on a series of bureaucratic processes known for their inaccuracy and bias in decision-making (ATMG, 2010; Arocha, 2013).

At the same time, it is clear that there are significant gaps in our knowledge about what it is that allows differential access to justice: while some victims have been able to secure a successful outcome, many others have not.

The first strand of these scholarships has two elements, being concerned on the one hand with an investigation of the experience of those ‘victims’ as witnesses in the court process, and on the other with the ongoing experiences of victims in the medium to long-term as they move on with their lives.

The second strand examines the experience of those prevented from exercising their human rights because of restrictions placed on them by measures put in place, both locally and internationally, to prevent the emergence of ‘modern slavery’.

Together these three scholarships will allow us to understand the mechanisms and impact of three decades of policies and interventions aimed at eradicating ‘modern slavery’, and provide a blueprint for improving the lives of those who have had to live through this.

Application deadline: Wednesday 29 January 2020

THYME Scholarship

As part of the THYME project, a collaboration between Hull, Teesside and York, together working towards finding greener solutions to utilise waste for energy or the production of fuels. As well, as build upon regional assets and boosting the local bioeconomies of areas such as the Humber Estuary and the Tees Valley. 

This project, in collaboration with the Biorenewable Development Centre (York) and a local SME, Jesmond Engineering, aims to repurpose the waste lignin rich sludge produced.

This will involve various physical/physicochemical pre-treatment technologies to generate a suitable solid fuel (pellet) that will be used for pyrolysis/gasification and/or combustion.

Application deadline: Friday 24 January 2020

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