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Funding Your Research

At the University of Lincoln, postgraduate students are an integral part of our research community. They work alongside talented academics and researchers from around the world, contributing to our growing reputation for internationally excellent research.

There are opportunites to get involved in exciting research projects by applying for a studentship. The University offers a range of studentships including funded and part-funded opportunities, please refer to the current studentships information below.  

New Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-food Robotics

The world's first Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) for agri-food robotics is being established by the University of Lincoln in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia. Applications are now open for PhD studentships at the CDT starting in September 2019. Apply via: http://apply.agriforwards-cdt.uk.

Current Studentship Opportunities

Use the dropdown menus below to browse current funded and part-funded studentship opportunities at the University of Lincoln, listed by academic College. 

Studentship Terms and Conditions

College of Science

MSc by Research Water Quality Bioreactors

This MSc by Research opportunity funded by Anglian Water offers a student the chance to investigate effectiveness of a range of media (e.g. straw, bio-filter mix) in reducing pesticide and nutrient load to water.

Project Title: The Effectiveness of a Range of Media in Reducing Nutrient and Pesticide Loading in Water

Project Time Scale: From 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020.

Tuition fees will be paid by Anglian Water, and a consumables budget has also been approved. Please note that no contribution to living expenses is available and the project is only available to home/EU students.

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MSc by Research Water Quality Soil Health

This MSc by Research opportunity funded by Anglian Water offers a student the chance to investigate the metrics of soil health and how they impact on the degradation of pesticides and the loss of phosphorus to water. The project will provide opportunities for the successful applicant to work with the Catchment Management Team and engage with the wider industry through the Lincoln Institute of Agri-food Technology and Anglian Water.

Project Title: Understanding the Impact of Soil Conditions on Degradation of Selected Pesticides and Losses of Phosphorus to Water.

Project Time Scale: 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020.

Tuition fees will be paid by Anglian Water, and a consumables budget has also been approved. Please note that no contribution to living expenses is available and the project is only available to home/EU students.

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PhD Fee Waiver Scholarship – Recovery of Metals/raw Materials from Wastes, Residues and Ashes Produced Through the Thermochemical Conversion of Phytomined Biomass

Heavy metal contaminated land covers a large expanse throughout Europe and is often considered unsuitable for agriculture. Certain biomass crops have been identified as capable of phytoremediating such land (including Miscanthus).

This presents great opportunities in terms of land utilisation and remediation, but also poses interesting challenges with the production of a now contaminated biomass fuel. The heavy metal uptake of this fuel makes it unsuitable for traditional thermochemical use. There is also an excellent opportunity to recover metals and raw materials from this fuel, which would aid in the EU’s challenge of finding new sources of raw materials and also render this contaminated fuel usable once again.

This PhD project will focus on the following issues:

  • Metal uptake by biomass from contaminated land (efficacy of uptake, determination of which metals are absorbed, metal concentrations and partitioning within the plant).
  • Partitioning and fate of metals within waste streams from typical thermochemical conversion routes (pyrolysis, combustion and gasification). 
  • Development of novel methods for metal recovery from untreated fuels as well as from each of the waste streams through the use of molecularly imprinted polymers.
  • Development of online sensors to aid in the detection of the metals in the different treatment streams.

Funding Package

The scholarship covers tuition fees for the PhD up to the value of the UK/EU fee level. Overseas students may apply and the student will be responsible for the difference between the UK/EU, and overseas fee level. The grant holder will also be exempt from paying bench fees.

As living costs are not covered by this award, it is assumed that the grant holder will be applying for a PhD loan from the government (£25,000) for the three years research in order to guarantee a steady income to support themselves during their studies. However, candidates may secure other funds to pay for their living and maintenance during their PhD.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jose Gonzalez-Rodriguez (jgonzalezrodriguez@lincoln.ac.uk) or Dr Abby Samson (asamson@lincoln.ac.uk) for further information and to discuss details of the application.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an appropriate Master’s degree. Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although International students must self-fund the difference between the International and UK/EU fee rate. 

How to Apply

To submit an expression of interest, applicants should submit: 1) a 2-page CV including a short summary of academic qualifications; 2) a 500-word section outlining their approach to the project and explaining how their qualifications and experience meet the requirements. This should be e-mailed to asamson@lincoln.ac.uk. Please quote reference ENG008 on all correspondence.

Details

Applications are open until the vacancy is filled.

Open for UK, EU, and Overseas Students

Tuition Fees included (capped at UK/EU level) 

Living expenses not included

Duration: 36 months

MSc by Research and PhD Studentships

The School of Life Sciences is a rapidly expanding, international collection of researchers working at the forefront of disciplines across the breadth of the life sciences. The School has recently moved into the new Joseph Banks Laboratories as part of a multimillion pound investment in research facilities and infrastructure to sustain and support our continued growth, including the creation of the Research and Enterprise hub of the University’s new Science and Innovation Park.

Research within the School of Life Sciences is split across five Research Groups: 'Animal Behavior, Cognition and Welfare'; 'Cancer and Ageing'; 'Diabetes, Metabolism and Inflammation'; 'Evolution and Ecology'; and 'Microbiology and Biotechnology'. 

The School is currently able to offer a limited number of funded PhD and MSc by Research studentships for October 2019 across our research areas. To view at the potential opportunities within each area, follow the link below. Please note that not all projects will receive funding and studentships will be awarded to a limited number of successful applicants.

For MSc by Research applications, no contribution to living expenses is available but fees will be offset by students contributing a maximum of 6 hours per week in term time as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, typically as a lab demonstrator for undergraduate practicals. A consumables budget has been agreed for each project and will be supplied by the School of Life Sciences. These projects are only available to Home/EU students.

For PhD applications, the School will offer a stipend of £12,000 per year (for 3 years, if your PhD is full-time and completed within that time) for successful candidates. Fees will be offset by students contributing a maximum of 6 hours per week in term time as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, typically as a lab demonstrator for undergraduate practicals. A consumables budget has been agreed for each project and will be supplied by the School of Life Sciences. These projects are only available to Home/EU students.

The closing date for all applications is Friday 28 June 2019.

More information about specific projects can be found here:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/lifesciences/postgraduatestudentships/

 


PhD Funded Studentship

Measure the Bush-Cricket (Katydid) Ear from the Physiological and Structural Perspectives

The University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences is seeking an outstanding, highly motivated PhD student to work on an ERC Consolidator Award project entitled “The Insect cochlea: a non-invasive path towards enhanced sound detectors”.

The successful candidate should be passionate about acoustics, sensory, and comparative biology, and will investigate the material properties of the bush-cricket ear, including calcium signalling in the inner ear process.

Project Description

Our recent research has shown that the ear of the bush-cricket has general functional similarities with the mammalian ear: they both exhibit outer, middle, and inner ear components. Frequency analysis in the inner ear depends on travelling waves and the tonotopic organisation of the auditory mechanoreceptors. However, these similarities are very general and we do not understand the bush-cricket hearing process.

Much research remains to be done to completely understand the entire hearing process in order to determine to which extent the mammalian and the bush-cricket ears are equivalent.

Training Environment

The host laboratory will offer a highly interdisciplinary research environment, where biologists, engineers, and physicists work together. Further collaborative supervision is offered with Dr Berthold Hedwig from the University of Cambridge, and his team. This studentship is therefore an integral part of a team of leaders in their fields, including postdoctoral researchers and other graduate students.

The successful candidate will be given training and opportunities to gain experience in a range of techniques and disciplines, including X-ray micro-CT, Laser Doppler Vibrometry, and Calcium Imaging techniques.

The School of Life Sciences at Lincoln also offers rich support in the form of postgraduate mentors, regular progress meetings, and postgraduate training on specific topics from experimental design through statistical analysis to lab safety. In addition, the students will have access to an extensive programme of personal and professional skills development courses through the Doctoral College and the University Careers Service.

Location

The PhD student will be based at the Joseph Banks Laboratories at the School of Life Sciences in Lincoln and is expected to travel to Cambridge for further training. The candidate will be supervised by a Supervisory Committee led by Professor of Sensory Biology, Dr Fernando Montealegre-Zapata at the University of Lincoln, and Professor Berthold Hedwig and the University of Cambridge. The student will be responsible for their own travel costs.

Funding Notes

This studentship is open to UK, EU, and international students.

Tuition Fees (capped at UK/EU fee level) will be covered by the University of Lincoln and the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), which requires the student to conduct up to six hours of teaching or related work per week 

Stipend/Living allowance: To be covered by the student

Start date 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter

Duration: 36 months

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree, and preferably a relevant Master’s degree (or equivalent experience) in any of the following disciplines: zoology, biology, physiology, or biochemistry. They should also have substantial experience of report-writing and English language communication skills, and ability to work to deadlines. Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although international students must self-fund the difference between the international and UK/EU fee rate.

How to Apply

Applications must comprise a 1-page covering letter, 2-page research proposal, 2-page CV, and be e-mailed to Professor Montealegre-Zapata at fmontealegrez@lincoln.ac.uk

The letter and any communication should be in English. 

Closing Date: 31 July 2019

Interviews: August 2019

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Fernando Montealegre-Zapata: fmontealegrez@lincoln.ac.uk

References to Directly Related Literature:

Isaacson M.D. & Hedwig B. 2017. Electrophoresis of polar fluorescent tracers through the nerve sheath labels neuronal populations for anatomical and functional imaging. Scientific Reports 7:40433.

Sarria-S. F.A., Chivers B.D., Soulsbury C.D. & F., & Montealegre-Z F. 2017. Non-invasive biophysical measurement of travelling waves in the insect inner ear. Royal Society Open Science. 4, 170171.

Jonsson T, Montealegre-Z F, Soulsbury C. D., Robson Brown K. A., & Robert D. 2016. Auditory mechanics in a bush-cricket: direct evidence of dual sound inputs in the pressure difference receiver. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 13: 20160560. 

Montealegre-Z F., Jonsson T., Robson Brown K. A., Postles M. & Robert D. 2012. Convergent evolution between insect and mammalian audition. Science. 338 (6109): 968-971.

Fee Waiver Scholarships

The School of Pharmacy is delighted to offer three Fee Waiver scholarships (UK/EU only) for its Masters of Science (MSc) by Research Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. This is a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate progression while tuition fees are covered by the School of Pharmacy.

The three available scholarships are for students interested in applying to work on the following research projects:

Design of emulgel drug delivery system of sorbitol derivatives gelators to improve the skin permeability of hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs.

Contact: Judy Steven: jsteven@lincoln.ac.uk

Synthesis and evaluation of water-soluble macrocycles for the recognition, differentiation and sensing of methyllysines.

Supervisor Dr Tobias Gruber 
email: TGruber@lincoln.ac.uk

Chemical and biological studies on antibiotics to Target Bacterial Cell wall Synthesis.

Supervisor Dr Ishwar Singh 
email: ISingh@lincoln.ac.uk

College of Social Science

PhD Funded Studentship in ‘Improving Pre-hospital Care for Chronic Respiratory Disorders’

Applications are invited for a funded studentship associated with the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR-CLAHRC) East Midlands. Applications are welcome from outstanding, highly-motivated students who wish to join a thriving research environment based at the Community and Health Research Unit and Lincoln Institute for Health of the University of Lincoln.

Candidates are sought with interests in pre-hospital ambulance care of chronic respiratory disorders using statistical analysis of large datasets combined with qualitative methods.

Supervision team: Prof Niro Siriwardena, Prof Graham Law, Dr Arwel Jones

The successful candidate will join an active and growing research centre, the Community and Health Research Unit (CaHRU) at the University of Lincoln, working on pre-hospital and primary care quality and outcomes research.

Contact: Prof Niro Siriwardena (nsiriwardena@lincoln.ac.uk)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area. Applicants with a relevant Master's degree are particularly welcome. Experience in scientific research in relation to health will be desirable but not essential. Strong scientific qualities will be essential, and applicants should also possess excellent report writing and English language communication skills, and an ability to work to deadlines. The studentship is open to UK, EU, and international students.

How to Apply

An application consisting of a two-page CV and two-page covering letter including a personal statement demonstrating how your experience to date prepares you to undertake PhD level research, and a summary of the research, should be e-mailed to Maureen Young (studentshipscss@lincoln.ac.uk). Those called for interview will be required to prepare a presentation.

Please quote the project reference ID in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date: 26 July 2019

Interviews: w/b 5 August 2019

Start Date: 2 September 2019

Tuition Fees included (capped at Home/EU fee level)

The studentship covers tuition fees up to the value of the UK/EU fee level. International students will be responsible for the difference between the UK/EU and overseas fee level.

Stipend/Living allowance: £15,009 per annum

Duration: 36 months

Reference: HSC2019-4

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