Wellcome Trust Health and Wellbeing Studentships - PhD (Funded) Ref: 2978

About the award

PhD Studentships: Cultures + Environments of Health
Up to 12 PhD bursaries are available in 2018 for transdisciplinary research on health and wellbeing based in the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health.

Context
The Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health opened in April 2017 with a £4.1m research grant from the Wellcome Trust with match-funding from the University of Exeter. The Centre builds on successful research clusters across the University and on the University’s Humanities and Social Science Strategy. Transdisciplinary and international in its approach, the Centre brings together leading scholars across the medical humanities, social sciences and health research with the aim of understanding how we can create and sustain cultures and environments that enable health and well-being across the life course.

Who can apply?
The Centre welcomes applications from those with traditional academic backgrounds (at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent) and / or those with work or lived experience that provides the necessary and relevant expertise in the research area. The Centre will accept applications from individuals of all nationalities.

Summary

Application deadline:31st January 2018
Value:Year 1: £19,919; Year 2: £21,542; Year 3: £23,298
Duration of award:per year
Contact: Doctoral Collegepgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk

How to apply

The application process has two stages:

Stage 1 (expression of interest): Deadline: 14th January 2018

Applicants are strongly encouraged to start by submitting an Expression of Interest as early as possible to ensure that appropriate discussion takes place between candidates and potential supervisors, increasing the chance that the application fits the Centre’s vision. Applications will focus on the Centre’s research themes: transforming institutions, transforming publicly engaged research, transforming relations, and transforming health across the life course. Candidates should identify one of the core Centre staff as a primary supervisor for their research.

Professor Anne Barlow
Professor Manuela Barreto
Professor Linda Clare
Dr Robin Durie
Professor Lora Fleming
Professor Nick Groom
Professor Steve Hinchliffe
Professor Mark Jackson
Dr Karyn Morrissey
Professor Laura Salisbury
Dr Felicity Thomas
Professor Katrina Wyatt

The Expression of Interest should be sent to this Primary Supervisor with the following documents:
• A 500 word project outline
• A 500 word justification for how the proposal meets the Centre’s principles
• The candidate’s CV.

Stage 2 (formal application): Deadline:  31st January 2018

Although candidates are strongly encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest by the relevant deadline, if you have missed that you can still submit a formal application. In this case, candidates are still encouraged to contact a prospective supervisor with the information listed above, to maximize fit with the Centre.

Guidance for proposals
Work should contribute to one or more of the Centre aims and to its commitment to create ‘cultures and environments of health’.

All research is required to enable insight, debate and/or new approaches to current health challenges.

Proposals for research should speak to some or all of the following criteria:
• demonstrate intellectual excellence and novel research (including an ability to link empirical work to conceptual insights);
• be interdisciplinary, that is include at least two of humanities, social, medical and natural sciences;
• involve methodological innovation and have the potential to develop new kinds of evidence for health-related policy
   making or practice;
• form or consolidate research partnerships with external agencies (commercial, public, charity, community etc.);
• constitute a programme of work that pursues collaborations and engaged research (cooperatively generated knowledge);
• carry the potential to explore how the research can be synthesised across the Centre’s themes;
• have the capacity to develop into work that is competitive in terms of external funders including, for example, AHRC,
   MRC,ESRC, NIHR, WT, Leverhulme, ERC.
• involve a realistic and deliverable publication strategy;
• be feasible and realistic.

It is not expected that all projects/posts and initiatives will satisfy every criterion.

Formal applications should include:

• An application form, completed online. 

The application will require the following:

  • A research proposal (click here for form) of 1000-2000 words, including:
    • A clear statement of the research question (where relevant, justified by reference to the state of the field)
    • a discussion of the methods to be used to carry out the research (including who the research participants will be)
    • a consideration of whether and how the research will involve public engagement
    • a time plan
    • an indicative research budget (including costs for public engagement, research trips, resources and conferences).
  • A CV.
  • Two references
  • Proof of qualifications and IELTS (if relevant).