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ESRC Funded Studentships in Health & Wellbeing at Brunel University London via the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership.

Brunel University London is pleased to invite applications for ESRC-funded studentships in

Health and Wellbeing, offered through the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership

(GUDTP). The GUDTP is an exciting collaboration between Brunel, the University of Oxford and the Open University, which offers its students access to innovative social science research training across all three institutions. Brunel DTP students in Health & Wellbeing will be members of the GUDTP Health & Wellbeing Pathway, led by Brunel and delivered collaboratively by the three universities. You can find further information about the GUDTP here. 

Applicants conducting doctoral research in Health and Wellbeing at Brunel will be based within the appropriate subject area. The Pathway studentships are available across a wide agenda of the most significant national and global health and wellbeing challenges, offering applicants opportunities to work with expert research teams in a range of disciplines. Areas of expertise include - but are not restricted to - 

  • lifestyle behaviours and health and wellbeing inequalities
  • sport, physical activity, health and wellbeing;
  • health and wellbeing across the life course, including youth and in older age;
  • psychology, health and wellbeing;
  • gender, sexual health and anti-violence
  • healthcare and occupational therapy;
  • health economics and digital health

More information on the Health and Wellbeing research areas available at Brunel is available at https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/DTPs/Grand-Union-DTP



Studentships are available as either three year PhD (+3) or four-year studentships, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. Successful applicants for a Full-time award will receive an annual maintenance stipend of approximately £17285 per year (2020/1) UKRI rate paid monthly in advance) for the period of their award (three or four years) plus Fees at the current UKRI rate for Full time or Part time courses. Successful applicants for a Part-time award will be paid pro rata for the period of their award (six or eight years).

International students will also be able to apply for an ESRC funded postgraduate studentship from the start of the 2021/22 academic year.  They will be eligible for stipend to support living costs and tuition fees at the UK rate, UKRI funding will not cover international fees set by universities.  Please see https://www.ukri.org/news/ukri-funded-postgraduate-programmes-to-open-to-international-students/ for further details.

How to apply

For the Health & Wellbeing pathway, please see the following website for further details:


Please contact emma.smith@brunel.ac.uk

Closing date 15th January 2021.