Four-Year Wellcome Trust PhD Studentships at University of Sheffield in UK, 2018

University of Sheffield

Scholarship Description: Four-year Wellcome Trust PhD studentships in Public Health, Economics and Decision Science are now available to the UK and international applicants.

Establish the world’s first Doctoral Training Centre in Public Health, Economics and Decision Science capitalizing on existing infrastructure and research excellence. The Wellcome Trust DTC programme will meet an identified training gap in interdisciplinary and quantitative skills in the biomedical postdoctoral workforce.

About University: The University of Sheffield is a public research university in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It received its royal charter in 1905 as successor to the University College of Sheffield, which was established in 1897 by the merger of Sheffield Medical School, Firth College, and Sheffield Technical School.

Students must be proficient in written and spoken English, normally demonstrated by grade C or above in GCSE English Language or an acceptable English language qualification.

Degree Level: Studentships are available to pursue PhD programme.

About Subject: Studentships are awarded in Public Health, Economics and Decision Science. This PhD programme is unique in its focus on interdisciplinary public health, health economics, mathematical modelling, and statistics. To equip students with relevant skills, the first year combines multi-disciplinary methods training tailored to each student’s background, cohort-based learning activities and exposure to public health decision-making practice. This is followed by PhD research on a topic that is agreed between the student, our pool of expert supervisors and the programme directors.

Scholarship Benefits: Each four-year studentship provides:
• A generous stipend at Wellcome Trust rates
• Tuition fees for 4 years
• A training and travel fund to support cohort events, internships, courses, data collection, conferences and research travel


Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

Please check the criteria carefully. Do not submit an application if you do not meet the criteria as it will be rejected before reaching academic assessors.

You will need to provide evidence of the following

  • A first or upper second class honours (2:1) degree from a UK university or a non-UK equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. mathematics, statistics, epidemiology, public health, psychology, nutrition, quantitative sociology, politics, economics, systems engineering, business studies, geography). Medically qualified applicants should refer to the special rules set out below
  • A completed master’s degree at merit or distinction or a non-UK equivalent in a relevant subject or more than one year of formal employment in either a relevant scientific environment or in public health decision making (by the application closing date)
  • Quantitative maths skills equivalent to A at A Level (can be evidenced through degree level courses)
  • Determination to make a significant scientific contribution to tackling chronic disease burden through well-evidenced, cost-effective public health strategies, assessed through written application and, if shortlisted, interview
  • Ability and enthusiasm for collaborative work in an interdisciplinary environment, assessed through written application and, if shortlisted, interview
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and excellent problem-solving skills assessed through written application and, if shortlisted, interview

The programme is open to the UK and international applicants. The Wellcome Trust provides tuition fees at UK/EU rates. ScHARR will provide up to two international fee waivers per year for exceptional candidates. Non-EU candidates must be able to comply with UK immigration regulations.


Eligible Nationalities: The programme is open to the UK and international applicants.


Application Procedure: The mode of application is online.

Application Form

Deadline: Studentship application deadline is December 11, 2017.

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