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ESRC Funded Studentships in Health and Wellbeing at Brunel University London, UK 2024

Application is now open for the ESRC Funded Studentships in Health and Wellbeing at Brunel University London. Interested applicants are encouraged to send in their applications before the deadline date.

About Brunel University London and Scholarship

Brunel University London (BUL), often referred to simply as Brunel, stands as a distinguished public research institution situated in the Uxbridge area of London, England. Established in 1966, the university draws its name from Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the renowned Victorian engineer and trailblazer of the Industrial Revolution. The transformation from Brunel College of Advanced Technology to Brunel University occurred with the award of a royal charter in June 1966. In 2014, the university formally adopted the name Brunel University London.

Brunel University London is recognized as a British plate glass university, reflecting its commitment to providing a comprehensive and modern approach to education. The university’s organizational structure comprises three colleges, a framework implemented in August 2014. These academic colleges are the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences; the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences; and the College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.


Over the years, Brunel has consistently achieved commendable positions in the annual rankings of UK universities conducted by The Guardian and The Times. Additionally, the university has demonstrated a notable global presence in world rankings. In the THES (Times Higher Education Supplement) world university rankings for 2014–15, Brunel secured a position in the range of 226–250 (shared), marking a significant ascent. Notably, Brunel earned the 93rd spot globally in the field of engineering and technology, ranked 32nd among European institutions, and secured the 11th position among British institutions, according to the THES world rankings. These achievements underscore Brunel’s commitment to academic excellence and its standing in the international academic landscape.

Applications are now being accepted for the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (GUDTP)-funded ESRC Studentships in Health and Wellbeing at Brunel University London. Through an exciting partnership between Brunel, the University of Oxford, and the Open University, the GUDTP provides students with access to cutting-edge social science research training at all three universities. The GUDTP Health & Wellbeing Pathway, which is directed by Brunel and jointly provided by the three institutions, will include Brunel DTP students in Health & Wellbeing. Additional details on the GUDTP may be found here.

Candidates pursuing PhD studies in Brunel’s Health & Wellbeing program will be situated in the relevant field. The Pathway studentships provide chances for candidates to collaborate with interdisciplinary research teams on a broad variety of national and international health and wellness concerns. Expertise is focused on, but not limited to, the following areas:

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

Details about ESRC Funded Studentships in Health and Wellbeing at Brunel University London:

Scholarship Sponsor: Brunel University London, UK

Scholarship Value: Around £20662 per annum

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: PhD

Host Institution(s): Brunel University London, UK


Successful applicants for a full-time award would receive an annual maintenance stipend of about £20662 per year (2023/4) UKRI rate paid monthly in advance for the duration of their award (three to four years), in addition to fees at the current UKRI rate for full-time or part-time courses. Successful candidates for part-time grants will receive pro rata payments for the whole six- to eight-year term of the award.

Eligibility Criteria for ESRC Funded Studentships in Health and Wellbeing

Full- or part-time studentships lasting three years (PhD +3) or four years are available to candidates from the UK and other countries, depending on the level of research training already acquired.

Application Procedure for ESRC Funded Studentships in Health and Wellbeing

For the Health & Wellbeing pathway, please see the following website for additional information:

Please email for further details.

The Submission Deadline is: January 12, 2024

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