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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.  

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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training

The University of Lincoln is launching the world's first Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia. This new advanced training centre in agri-food robotics will create the largest ever cohort of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) specialists for the global food and farming sectors, thanks to a multi-million pound funding award the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Applications are now open for entry into the CDT programme, starting in September 2020.

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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

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

College of Social Science

Improving Prehospital Care for Chronic Respiratory Disorders

PhD funded studentship

Reference number: HSC2019-4

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

Improving Prehospital Care for Chronic Respiratory Disorders

Applications are invited for a fully funded studentship associated with the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR-ARC East Midlands) East Midlands from outstanding, highly-motivated students to join a thriving research environment based at the Community and Health Research Unit and Lincoln Institute for Health at the University of Lincoln, in one of the world’s great small cities. Candidates are sought with interests in prehospital ambulance care of chronic respiratory disorders using statistical analysis of large datasets combined with qualitative methods.

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

Experience in scientific research in relation to health will be desirable but not essential. Strong scientific qualities will be essential.

Contact Professor Niro Siriwardena at nsiriwardena@lincoln.ac.uk or Dr Arwel Jones at ArJones@lincoln.ac.uk

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area. Applicants with a relevant Master’s are particularly welcome. Applicants should possess excellent report writing and English language communication skills, and an ability to work to deadlines.

An application of a 2-page CV and 2-page covering letter including a personal statement demonstrating how your experience to date prepares you to undertake PhD level research, and summary of the research should be emailed to Maureen Young at studentshipscss@lincoln.ac.uk Those called for interview will be required to prepare a presentation. Please quote the project ID in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date: 14 February 2020

Interviews: Week commencing 16 March 2020

Start date: September 2020

Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although international students must self-fund the difference between the International and the UK/EU fee rate

£15,009 per annum stipend – stipend will be paid at the 2019/2020 UK Research & Innovation rate (https://www.ukri.org/skills/funding-for-research-training/).

Applications are invited for a fully funded studentship associated with the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR-ARC East Midlands) East Midlands from outstanding, highly-motivated students to join a thriving research environment based at the Community and Health Research Unit and Lincoln Institute for Health at the University of Lincoln, in one of the world’s great small cities. Candidates are sought with interests in prehospital ambulance care of chronic respiratory disorders using statistical analysis of large datasets combined with qualitative methods.

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

Experience in scientific research in relation to health will be desirable but not essential. Strong scientific qualities will be essential.

Contact Professor Niro Siriwardena at nsiriwardena@lincoln.ac.uk or Dr Arwel Jones at ArJones@lincoln.ac.uk

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area. Applicants with a relevant Master’s are particularly welcome. Applicants should possess excellent report writing and English language communication skills, and an ability to work to deadlines.

An application of a 2-page CV and 2-page covering letter including a personal statement demonstrating how your experience to date prepares you to undertake PhD level research, and summary of the research should be emailed to Maureen Young at studentshipscss@lincoln.ac.uk Those called for interview will be required to prepare a presentation. Please quote the project ID in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date: 14 February 2020

Interviews: Week commencing 16 March 2020

Start date: September 2020

Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although international students must self-fund the difference between the International and the UK/EU fee rate

£15,009 per annum stipend – stipend will be paid at the 2019/2020 UK Research & Innovation rate (https://www.ukri.org/skills/funding-for-research-training/).

PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology

School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia and the School of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Lincoln, UK.

Supervisors: Dr Christian Swann, Dr Matthew Bird, Dr Kyle Bennett, Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson

Background: Southern Cross University and the University of Lincoln are offering a fully funded PhD scholarship in sport and exercise psychology. We are looking for an outstanding and highly motivated individual to build on a very productive research collaboration between the partnering universities.

This scholarship represents an opportunity to complete a PhD and conduct sport and exercise psychology research in both Australia and the UK. The first 18 months will be spent at Southern Cross University in Australia, and the remaining 18 months will be spent at the University of Lincoln.

The project will relate to performance, enjoyment (e.g. flow), and/or mental health in sport and exercise. There is scope for the project to be shaped by the successful applicant and qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-method approaches will be suitable. There may be an expectation to contribute to teaching in relevant topics as part of this scholarship, in line with each University’s normal procedure within PhD scholarships. 

Applicants are welcome to contact Dr Christian Swann (christian.swann@scu.edu.au) for an informal discussion about this opportunity.

Eligibility: International candidates are eligible to apply. The successful applicant will need to meet the entry requirements to enrol in a PhD at Southern Cross University and the University of Lincoln on a full-time basis. To be eligible, applicants require either (i) an Australian or New Zealand Bachelor’s degree with first or upper second class honours, or (ii) an international Master’s degree where at least half of the assessment was based upon a thesis or dissertation.

Location: The successful applicant will be based in Coffs Harbour, Australia for the first 18 months of the scholarship, and then in Lincoln, UK, for the remaining 18 months.

Please note the successful candidate will need to fund their own travel, application fees associated with any required visa, and overseas health cover insurance expenses.

How to apply:  Send your CV (2 pages max), a cover letter (1 page), degree transcripts/certificates, and any other relevant research documents (e.g., publications/theses) in one PDF file via email to:

hdrscholarships@scu.edu.au  Please quote the PhD title in the subject line of the email.

  1. Outcome of expression of interest: You’ll be notified of the outcome of your expression of interest by email after the closing date.
  2. Invitation to attend an interview: If your expression of interest is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Further details about the interview will be provided in the invitation. Interviews will take place via Skype/Zoom.

PhD stipend of 3 year duration. The first 18 months will be at the Australian Research Training Program rate (the 2020 rate is $28,092 per year, indexed annually). The second 18 months will be at the UK/University of Lincoln standard rate (the 2019/20 rate is GBP 15,009, indexed annually).

Closing Date: 31 January 2020

Interviews: February 2020 (TBA)

Governance of Parliamentary Institutions: Structures, Processes and Leadership

PhD GTA Funded Studentship

Reference Number: COSS2019-1

Project Leads: Dr Mark Bennister, Dr Samantha Shave, Professor Matthew Hall

Overview

The School of Social and Political Science's newly established ParliLinc Group at the University of Lincoln is offering a funded PhD studentship in the area of Legislative Leadership and Governance. The successful candidate will work with staff in the ParliLinc research group to investigate leadership and governance of the legislatures at Westminster, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast.

This research project draws on multi-disciplinary expertise across law, politics, and public policy to map the existing arrangements, place them in an historical context, understand internal dynamics and evaluate how parliaments build their collective identities, and understsnd how they establish public trust and manage their own reputations.

The project has the potential to impact on parliamentary governance in the UK and feed into comparative understanding of legislative administration and leadership. A strong research interest in legislatures (and preferably public leadership) and an aptitude for qualitative methods in particular is desirable. The successful candidate will be based in the new Lincoln Parliamentary Research Group (ParliLinc), in the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Contact: Dr Mark Bennister: mbennister@lincoln.ac.uk

How to Apply

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area (e.g. law, political science, public administration, sociology, or public policy). Applicants with a relevant Master's are particularly welcome. Applicants should possess excellent report writing and English language communication skills, and an ability to work to deadlines.

Applications are to be made through the University’s online application using the button below. An application should include a one-page CV and one-page covering letter including a brief insight into the research topic area.

Those called for interview will be required to prepare a presentation.

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Eligibility and Funding

Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although international students must self-fund the difference between the International and UK/EU fee rate. 

Home/EU fees will be covered by the studentship: £15,009 per annum stipend

The studentship may require you to offer up to 6 hours of teaching or related work per week, the income from which will go towards the cost of your tuition fees and any surplus fees will be paid by the College.

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