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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 in Agri-Food Robotics: AgriFoRwArdS

The University of Lincoln has launched 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 is creating 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 for entry into the CDT programme starting in October 2022 are now open.

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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. 

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College of Science

PhD GTA Funded Studentship

Experimental and computational studies of the methanol synthesis catalyst – where is the hydrogen?

The PhD is jointly funded by the University of Lincoln and the ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility in Oxfordshire.

The synthesis of methanol from CO, CO2 and H2 is an enormous business - 75 million tonnes in 2015. The process uses a Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 (65:25:10) catalyst that was originally developed by ICI in the 1960s and operates in the range 200–300 °C and 10–100 bar. In view of its industrial importance, the catalyst has been extensively studied. There is general agreement that at low temperature the reaction proceeds by hydrogenation of CO2 to formate and then stepwise addition of hydrogen to methanol. At high temperature, CO hydrogenation also becomes important. While the roles of CO2 and CO have been extensively investigated and are well-characterised, the hydrogen component has been much less studied. It is generally believed that hydrogen dissociates on the copper, but adsorbed hydrogen has not been detected. H2 dissociates on ZnO to give hydroxyls and Zn-H species, but only the former have been observed on working catalysts. The aim of this project is a combined experimental and computational study to characterise the hydrogen present on a commercial, working methanol synthesis catalyst.

This project will have a computational aspect to be carried out at the University of Lincoln and an experimental aspect to be carried out at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility (Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire). The computational aspect will be to use density functional theory-based quantum chemical simulations to investigate the state of hydrogen on the catalyst. Initial work to provide training in the methodology will be to study the adsorption of hydrogen on the low index faces of copper and on ZnO and the Zn-doped Cu surfaces. Subsequent work will investigate extended systems that include at least two of the three catalyst components on which the detailed reaction mechanism of the methanol conversion from CO2 will be investigated. A range of computational methods will used including lattice dynamics, ab initio molecular dynamics and time-dependent density functional theory.

The experimental work will use a commercial Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst. Neutron scattering methods will be employed to investigate how the adsorbates and the catalyst change with different reaction conditions and time on stream. The emphasis will be to find and study adsorbed hydrogen, so where appropriate, hydrogen on model systems such as Raney Cu or pure ZnO will also be studied. As part of this work, we will improve our ability to produce samples at a particular point along a reaction coordinate by the implementation of UV-vis spectroscopy on an existing preparation rig designed to produce the large (10-50 g) samples required for neutron scattering studies of catalysts. At a later stage in the project, we will also implement Raman spectroscopy on the same rig. We will also modify an existing system for simultaneous Raman/neutron scattering measurements to enable gas handling experiments. The upgrades to the catalyst preparation rig will be of value to other groups that also use ISIS and some collaboration with these will form part of the project.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to either Dr Arunabhiram Chutia ( or Prof Stewart Parker (

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, an MSc in chemistry or an honours degree in chemistry (first or upper second class honours degree), or the equivalent.

The project will require an extended stay (12-18 months) at the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire.

How to Apply

Formal applications should be made via the University of Lincoln’s online application form.

Closing Date: Saturday 31 July 2021 or until filled.

Interviews: TBC

Start Date: Monday 4 October 2021


This studentship is for a start date in the Academic Year of 2021/22 and covers the full PhD fees for a maximum of 3.5 years full-time study. The candidate will have a stipend/living allowance of £15,609 per annum. Tuition fees are included (for UK fee level).

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

The PhD is jointly funded by the University of Lincoln and the ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility. It includes UK fees and a stipend. Travel and subsistence for meetings and conferences up to £2k per annum is also available.

Duration: 42 months

Reference: 2CA-21-1

Thermo-Electrical Ageing Mechanisms in Polymer-Ceramic Nanocomposites for Energy Storage Applications (TEAMs)

Qualification Type: PhD

Reference number: 2AL-21-1

Location: Lincoln

Funding for: UK/International

Funding amount: Full tuition fee waiver and stipend for 3 years

Hours: Full-time

Supervisory Team: Dr Nikola Chalashkanov, Dr Nick Tucker, Professor Len Dissado


Various polymer-ceramic nanocomposites have been developed in recent years for energy storage applications. Such materials are of significant scientific and industrial interest because they combine high breakdown strength and dielectric permittivity thereby potentially increasing energy storage in comparison with the materials traditionally used as dielectric media in capacitors. Such application also requires an acceptable service lifetime but despite numerous studies understanding of their electro-thermal ageing mechanisms is still lacking.

This study aims to establish a theoretical framework for the electro-thermal ageing processes in polymer/ceramic nanocomposites and to develop a new ageing model, which can be used for lifetime predictions. In the proposed work, a detailed experimental study of electro-thermal ageing in a model nanocomposite polyamide-based material will be carried out.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Nikola Chalashkanov (

Entry Requirements: An undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering with first class honours or equivalent. Prior laboratory work experience is essential and knowledge of polymers and polymer composites is desirable.

Closing Date: 13 December 2021

Funding: Qualifying students will be considered for a full tuition fee waiver and stipend for 3 years.

How to Apply: Applicants can apply online. When you are applying online you will need to register an account with the us first to proceed using our OneUni system.

Find out more about Registering and Applying in OneUni.

Applications should include: a research statement, curriculum vitae, two reference letters, and degree transcripts to date.

MSc by Research Studentship

Unmanaged Realignments, Coastal Habitats, and Ecosystem Services 

Reference: 2CK-21-5

Capacity of Unmanaged Realignments To (Re-) create Coastal Habitats And Ecosystem Services 

Duration: 12 months 

Living Allowance: Monthly, £416.67 from 01/03/2022 to 01/02/2023.

Funding will be available to the successful student for conducting all the relevant research in the field and the laboratory.

The University of Lincoln is offering a funded MSc by Research on critical ecosystem services of coastal wetlands. Funding is provided by Natural England, and the project covers both a £5,000 research studentship to the student and all eligible research costs.  

The student will research the future management of Unmanaged Realignment sites. These are areas of coastal lands which have been accidentally flooded but where tidal inundation is maintained in order to provide ecosystem services, including the provisioning of valuable natural coastal habitats, carbon sequestration, and coastal flood risk reduction. Only ten sites are known across the UK, and these are undervalued partly due to a lack of reliable information.  

How to Apply

Applications Open: 10 January 2022 

Applications Close: 1 February 2022 

To apply please email a CV and cover letter to Dr Mark Schuerch: quoting the following reference: 2CK-21-5. 

Additonal Conditions: A detailed project workplan shall be presented by the end of March 2022. The main results of this research will be aggregated into a final report, which will be developed collaboratively by the project team and delivered to Natural England at the end of the project. 


PhD Studentship

Large Scale Restoration of Coastal Ecosystems: Rivers to Sea Connectivity

Location: University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool Campus

Funding Amount: Home tuition fees and a stipend of £15,285 per annum for a duration of 36 months. International students would be responsible for topping up the fees to the international rate.

Hours: Full-time

Closes: 14 February 2022

Start Date: 1 May 2022

Duration: 36 months

From climate change to health inequalities, from food security to natural hazards and disasters, Geography is at the heart of many of humanity’s great challenges. At Lincoln, we believe that meeting these challenges requires a focus on the unity of Geography to understand the links between humans and the environments we inhabit — a theme that runs through our teaching and research.

This fully funded three-year studentship is part of the European consortium project REST-COAST (Large Scale Restoration Of Coastal Ecosystems: Rivers To Sea Connectivity) with 38 partners from across Europe.

The overall aim of REST-COAST is to demonstrate to what extent upscaled coastal restoration can provide a low carbon solution to climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction for threatened low-lying coastal systems, combined with gains in their biodiversity status.

As part of this overall research aim, this studentship is to conduct a global assessment (including costs, benefits, financing needs, and business opportunities) of coastal risk reduction through wetland restoration (changes).

In close collaboration with a series of UK and European project partners, innovative approaches will therefore be developed to:

  • model the future development of coastal ecosystems
  • quantify and value their ecosystem services (particularly flood risk reduction)
  • develop approaches for the implementation of large-scale coastal restoration.

Funding Details:

Full Home tuition fees + £15,285 per annum stipend

The studentship is available International students, however the studentship only covers the Home fee total. International students would be responsible for topping up the fees to the international rate.

Funding will be available to the student for travelling to project meetings and workshops allowing them to collaborate and network with international partners (public, private, academic). Funding will be available for the successful student to attend at least one international conference to present their work and network.

Academic Criteria:

First or second class honours degree in Geography or related discipline and a relevant Master's or MPhil degree in Geography or related discipline.

Applicants should also demonstrate one or more of the following in their application:

- Good knowledge base on coastal processes and/or coastal ecosystems

- Experience of working with large/global-scale datasets

- Proficiency in Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS or other software)

- Experience in numerical/process-based modelling

- Experience in working with Matlab

- Ability to work in interdisciplinary teams

How to Apply

To apply please email a CV, cover letter, research proposal (up to 2 pages) and highest qualification certificate/transcript and two reference letters to Dr Mark Schuerch: quoting the following reference: 2CK-21-4

The closing date for applications is 14 February 2021. The successful candidate will also be required to submit a PhD application via the University of Lincoln’s application system once they have been selected. Guidance will be provided by our Postgraduate Team if required.


College of Social Science

One Fee-waiver PhD Studentship

The School of Psychology is offering one fee-waiver PhD studentship for three years. The studentship covers the fees for British citizens and residents. Non-UK-based applicants are eligible to apply, but will need to cover the difference in fees between the Home and International rate.

The School of Psychology has a large postgraduate community and over 50 academics. Our research is organised in three research groups: Development and Social Behaviour, Forensic and Clinical, Perception Action and Cognition. Additional details about our research are available on our research pages at

The deadline for applications is 15 October 2021; interviews of shortlisted applicants will take place at the end of October. The preferred start date is January 2022 or soon thereafter. This is a full-time studentship however applications for part-time positions will be considered. Full time students will be expected to do a minimum of 144 hrs of teaching activity per year.

This studentship is available for six projects. Information about the projects can be found below.

To apply you need to email a one page CV and a covering letter including a brief insight into the research topic area to

Applicants must specify in their cover letter which project they are applying for. The CV and relevant experience of the applicants (but not their chosen project) are the key selection criteria for this position.


a) Socially assistive robots as a training tool to enhance multisensory perception in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Social assisting robots have been described as effective therapeutic tools to enhance social skills in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

In this innovative project we will investigate whether training with a robot can boost multisensory perception in ASD children.

Your key roles would include:

  • preparing experiments
  • collecting and analysing data;
  • writing scientific papers, presenting results in conferences;
  • applying EEG, robots

The multidisciplinary nature of a cross-discipline collaboration between the Schools of Psychology, the Autism Research Innovation Centre and Computer Science will make you think about problems from a whole new perspective and explore innovative ideas. For enquiries about this project please contact Dr Julia Foecker (

b) Developing an educational tool to address unintentional cognitive biases during decision-making in court

Cognitive biases can influence reasoning when people make decisions under uncertainty and are therefore directly relevant to the criminal justice system where unbiased reasoning and fair judgement are of paramount importance. Research has shown that cognitive biases are pervasive and can impact decisions made about witnesses, victims, and defendants. There have been calls for a need to better understand how biases affect decisions made and what can be done to mitigate their effects. However, to date it is unclear as to when courtroom participants should be taught about cognitive biases and how they should be educated.

For enquiries about this project please contact Dr Georgina Gous (

c) Decoding dog emotions in human brain

Reading your dog’s emotion appropriately is crucial to safeguard human-dog interaction and dog welfare. Misinterpretation can lead to suffering in dogs, reduced human benefits, and possible physical harm to humans. It is currently unclear why we typically show poorer performance recognising dog emotions than human emotions. This novel theory-driven PhD project will use state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience methodologies (EEG, fNIRS, TMS) to examine both similarities and differences in cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying human-human and human-dog emotion communications. This research not only will advance our theoretical understanding of interspecies emotion perception, but also have practical implications for designing effective interventions. For enquiries about this project please contact Prof Kun Guo (

d) A process evaluation of the Cognitive Daisy to support people with dementia living in the community

A process evaluation of the Cognitive Daisy to support people with dementia living in the community: The Cognitive Daisy is a psychosocial intervention which helps carers understand the unique cognitive difficulties each person with dementia experiences.

The successful candidate will undertake a process evaluation to investigate the precise mechanisms of behavioural change that the intervention produces. We aim to identify the optimal conditions for implementing the Cognitive Daisy in different contexts and on a wide scale. The project will deploy both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Applicants with an interest in person-centred approaches to dementia management from psychology, professions allied to health and social care, nursing or related areas are all eligible to apply. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, an interest in applied neuropsychology and an aptitude for statistics, are required for this post.

For enquiries about this project please contact Dr John Hudson (

e) Perceptual body image: representation, size estimation, and categorical boundary

Within the field of perceptual body image, there are two major concerns: inconsistent methods and a lack of consensus on how to best measure perceptual body image. This PhD project will build upon previous work to determine the most effective ways of quantifying the perception of an individual’s “own size” and use this to further develop a targeted behavioural training technique for improving body image concerns in both clinical and sub-clinical eating disorder populations.

Applications are invited for one PhD studentship under the supervision of Dr Kamila Irvine, Dr Kirsten McKenzie, and Prof Piers Cornelissen (University of Northumbria). We seek a PhD candidate with an interest in perceptual body image. The successful candidate should have proven research skills, and an interest/knowledge of virtual reality and/or body image is desirable. For enquiries about this project please contact Dr Kamila Irvine (

f) Can music reduce emotional eating in children?

This PhD project will aim to understand if music can reduce emotional eating in children. This project is positioned in a novel field of research that is expected to build bridges and contribute to contemporary debate on music, eating behaviour, and emotion regulation. At least three different experimental studies will test whether music can be effective to reduce emotional eating in children aged 5 to 7 years old. This research will also look at factors that may link to emotional eating or responsiveness to music (e.g. music liking, the child’s BMI, and parents’ use of food or music as a reward).

For enquiries about this project please contact Dr Annemieke van den Tol (

PhD GTA Funded Studentship

Assessing Lincolnshire Women’s Strategy

Reference Number: 2AW-21-1

Project Leads: Dr Lyndsey Harris; Dr Lauren Smith and Dr Lauren Hall

Despite the identification of gender-specific needs for women, particularly those in contact with the criminal justice system, there is a lack of women’s specific services in Lincolnshire. In response to this, in 2021, the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership developed a Women's Strategy for Lincolnshire, and this has led to the implementation of the Concordat for women and girls in Lincolnshire.

The Concordat includes Lincolnshire Police, Lincolnshire County Council, local health and housing service providers, and The Probation Service. This studentship will involve a close partnership with Lincolnshire Action Trust (LAT) who are able to offer support in kind including access to service data, gatekeeping, and networking opportunities. Local learning and knowledge will inform the extrapolation of research on a national and international basis, drawing upon national and global research to inform local practices, through the establishment of knowledge transfer pathways and networks. Initial research questions identified by LAT are:

  • Why is there a low peak age (15 years) for women’s offending in Lincolnshire?
  • What would help divert women and girls away from the criminal justice system at the earliest opportunity?
  • What is the effectiveness and impact of the new Lincolnshire Women’s Service?

The successful candidate will investigate the implementation and adoption of Lincolnshire Women’s Strategy. The applicant will work with Lincolnshire Action Trust to complete this assessment. Please contact Dr Lyndsey Harris ( for further discussion.

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area. Applicants with a relevant Master's in social science or gender studies related areas are encouraged to apply. A strong aptitude for mixed method research including SPSS and knowledge of the MOJ Female Offender Strategy is desirable. Applicants should possess excellent report writing and English language communication skills and an ability to work to deadlines.

Please email your CV (no longer than 2 pages) and a 1 page cover letter to Maureen Young ( Those called for interview will be required to complete an online application form, and prepare a presentation. Please quote project reference number in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date: 28 February 2022

Interviews: 24 March 2022

Start date: 1 June 2022 (subject to agreement)

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

There is a £15,609 per annum stipend paid in monthly instalments.

The studentship may require you to do 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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