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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 in Motion Control for Future Trucks

An exciting PhD vacancy is now open in collaboration with Volvo Trucks (Sweden) to conduct research in motion planning and motion control of road vehicles. This is an exciting opportunity to further your career in modern vehicle control engineering. The project team includes both academic staff and industrial experts, and team-working is an important part of the project.

The research will assist the development of future generations of computer-controlled trucks, which will demand the highest possible levels of performance, safety, and energy-efficiency.

We are looking for a candidate with interest and experience in vehicle dynamics and control. A background in optimisation and optimal control methods will be a further advantage. The basic research will take place at the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool Campus. The project also includes dedicated time in Gothenburg, Sweden, where the Volvo team is based. There you will work in the team of experienced professional engineers, with the opportunity to implement research results directly in test vehicles. The research will also include periods of track testing, both in the UK and Sweden.

Activities

This collaborative project will run for up to four years under the supervision of Professor Tim Gordon (University of Lincoln) and Dr Leon Henderson (Volvo Trucks). The PhD researcher is expected to prepare research outputs such as reports and papers, and present the work at team meetings and at international conferences. Further opportunities will be available to contribute to teaching and other general activities at the University.

Financial Support

The project pays full-time tuition fees for up to four years of research, plus a tax-free stipend of £15,000 per annum. This increases to £20,000 after year 2 if completion within 3.5 years appears likely. Support for travel to Sweden, conferences etc. will also be provided. Optional contributions to university teaching provide additional income (at standard university rates).

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area. A background in vehicle dynamics and control is essential. MSc level graduates are particularly welcome. Applicants should be able to demonstrate excellent report writing and English language skills. The successful applicant must be able to complete appropriate levels of UK security clearance and must therefore be eligible under all criteria associated with this.

How to Apply

An initial expression of interest should be emailed to Professor Tim Gordon. Please include a one or two page CV, plus a one-page covering letter explaining your particular interest in this project.

Email: tgordon@lincoln.ac.uk 

Closing Date: The position will remain open until filled, please check jobs.ac.uk

 

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

Understanding The Lived Experiences of Victims of Domestic Violence: Informing Public Health Strategies for Prevention and Service Development

PhD GTA Funded Studentship

Funded by the East Midlands Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC)

Reference Number: COSS2019-6

Project Leads: Dr Ros Kane, Dr Michael Rasell and Professor Sundari Anitha

Overview

The successful candidate will join an active research team working on applying research findings on domestic violence to inform the development of appropriate services for victims. Candidates can propose a specific research topic within the overall theme of the studentship, which should be justified in relation to gaps in practice and research knowledge. Research proposals are especially invited that explore the experiences and service needs of groups which are hard-to-reach and under-represented in domestic violence referrals and use of support.

The successful candidate will be expected to use qualitative methods to explore the life histories of victims of domestic violence in England to contribute to the evidence base informing best practice in public health responses to domestic violence. Applicants from practitioners (for example a background in nursing, allied health, social work, medicine), or from sociology, health and social care, criminology, or similar backgrounds, are particularly welcome.

Contact: Dr Ros Kane (rkane@lincoln.ac.uk)

How to Apply

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.

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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Closing Date: 21 November 2019

Interviews: 2 December 2019

Start date: 3 February 2020

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.

£15,009 per annum stipend – paid monthly

Home/EU Fees will be covered

The studentship may require you to offer support for two undergraduate dissertations in the School of Health and Social Care annually and academic tuition on: Research methods in Health, led by Dr Ros Kane and externally funded by the NIHR and HEE. This work will be relevant to the supervisory nature of academic careers in public health.

MPhil/PhD Studentship in Biomechanics

Reference Number: COSS-SES2019-1

Supervisors:

School of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Lincoln: Dr Franky Mulloy, Dr Sandy Willmott, Professor David Mullineaux 

Delsys Europe Ltd, Salford, UK: Dr Steven Lindley

Location: Brayford Pool Campus, University of Lincoln

The School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Lincoln is offering a funded studentship in partnership with Delsys Europe Ltd. We are looking for an outstanding and highly motivated individual to join a thriving research environment. This PhD represents an opportunity to work in partnership with an industry leader and applied practitioners.

The project relates to the application of surface EMG decomposition to sporting performance or clinical rehabilitation. Applicants from sport science, biomechanics, kinesiology, engineering, or related areas are all eligible to apply. A strong aptitude for mathematics, an ability to program in MATLAB, and experience of EMG software is desirable.

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. Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although international students must self-fund the difference between the International and UK/EU fees. Applicants should possess excellent report writing and English language communication skills as well as an ability to work to deadlines. The studentship will require you to do up to 6 hours of work per week, such as, developing partnerships in industry within the region. As such, it is anticipated that the appointed candidate is comfortable liaising with external partners. The income of this will go towards the cost of your tuition fees and any surplus fees will be paid by the College.

Further information regarding the School of Sport and Exercise Science can be found on our website. Further details of Delsys and their EMG decomposition technologies can be found at www.delsys.com/neuromap

Candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Franky Mulloy (telephone 01522 835396; email fmulloy@lincoln.ac.uk) for an informal discussion. 

An application of a two-page CV and one-page cover letter, including a brief insight into the research topic area, should be e-mailed to Maureen Young (studentshipscss@lincoln.ac.uk). Please quote project ID in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date:  17 December 2019

Interviews: Week commencing 20 January 2020

Start Date: 3 February 2020 or by agreement.

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

Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although International students must self-fund the difference between the International and UK/EU fee rate (an additional £9,373 per annum).

Home/EU fees will be paid by Studentship

£15,009 per annum stipend

 

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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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Closing Date: 20 November 2019

Interviews: provisionally 4 December 2019

Start date: 3 February 2020 or by agreement

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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