PhD Scholarships with bursaries within the School of Human and Health Sciences

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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. 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 scholarships are intended to supplement the UK doctoral loan and therefore comprise a bursary of £6,000 per annum over three years (for full-time applicants), plus a full fee waiver for Home/EU fees.

A fourth three-year scholarship comprises an annual bursary of approximately £15,000 (rising each year) and waiving of Home/EU fees and is offered as part of the University Alliance, Social Policy Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) scheme.

Overseas applicants are welcome to apply but will be required to cover the annual difference between Home/EU fees and overseas tuition fee rates (for 2019/20 this difference is £9,600 per annum, payable by the student). Applications for full-time study are preferred, though we may consider applications for part-time study with a pro-rata bursary over up to six years from those whose circumstances prevent full-time study.

Who we are looking for:

Do you have a passion for your discipline and a clear view of the potential impact of your research? Are you hoping to become an active part of a thriving research community? Do you have outstanding research potential, with prior academic achievement at the level of first-class honours / distinction for masters? If so, find out more about who we are looking for (see link below).

Areas of research for which applications are invited:

For all four scholarships, we are looking for applicants who can design their own initial research proposal. We are looking for innovative research ideas, but would like to attract applications which fit within one or more of the broad research themes of our Research Centres. Applications for the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) Scholarship should explain how the proposed research would address significant social policy challenges.

How to apply

Follow this link for information on how to apply.


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 see contacts listed for each theme.