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De Montfort University PhD Scholarships

De Montfort University PhD Scholarships

De Montfort University is providing a number of fully-funded PhD scholarships in certain targeted interdisciplinary project areas. The scholarships commence as of 1 October 2024. These exciting research areas come with:

  • A stipend at UKRI rate (£19,237 per year)
  • Tuition fees
  • Access to an innovative Researcher Development Programme to further enhance your research and professional skills.

Research Clusters

Each research cluster will provide students with innovative research expertise by academic staff within the detailed themes, providing professional development in academic and technical skills, aligned to an immersive student experience working with academic staff. The research clusters embed DMU’s research priorities aligned to the United Nations sustainability development goals. The four research clusters for students to consider are:

Design for Circularity

  • This research cluster intends to develop the technical research, industry strategy and design practice approach required for the circular economy in fashion, textiles and design. This proposal builds on excellent current and previous funded research, with the Innovate UK funded UK-Nigeria Circular Fashion Global Innovation Network; the AHRC-funded International Upcycling Research Network; the AHRC funded Making Historical Dress Network; and industry consultancy on textile recycling, enzyme-based biotechnology and sol-gel technology. It builds on the cluster’s international reputation and publication track record on sustainable textile innovation and biotechnology (from the TEAM research group); the circular economy; upcycling; sustainable/ slow fashion industry strategy; and historical dress construction analysis. It focuses on developing original processes and industry strategies for stages of the product lifecycle, including natural fibre innovation, sustainable supply chains, zero-waste pattern cutting, biodegradation of waste fabrics, upcycling waste wool and solar technology.
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Sustainable Economic Growth

  • The UK is the worst-performing economy in the G7 but with potential for rapid growth. Both the Chancellor and Shadow Chancellor have set out long term visions to grow the economy in a more spatially and socially balanced way.

    Economic growth is a major research agenda internationally. It forms a central pillar for the next UK Government and though a national wealth fund, feeds into plans for combined regional authorities, national stakeholders and investor groups. Arising from underperforming economies and places, are extensive social problems and a patchwork of informal and improvised agency, under-researched as sustainable solutions. In this cluster, we bring these complex economic and social elements together to advance research on sustainable economic growth for economies, people, and places.
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Sustainable and Resilient Built Environment

  • The Sustainable and Resilient Built Environment (SuRe Buildings) cluster aims to create new knowledge for the advancement of resilient, eco-friendly, and comfortable buildings. By integrating cutting-edge research in thermal-comfort, visual-comfort, air-quality, occupant perception, nature-based solutions, passive house design, and clean energy integration, we strive to conduct ground-breaking research that would enhance the sustainability and liveability of buildings. Our interdisciplinary approach combines social and technical skills to address the unique challenges of the built environment in diverse contexts, both in the Global North as well as low-income communities of the Global South. Through collaborative efforts with industry partners, policymakers, and local communities, we aim to generate impactful research that informs policy, drives technological innovation, and promotes sustainable practices. Ultimately, our ambition is to contribute to the creation of buildings that are not only energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable but also conducive to the health, well-being, and satisfaction of all residents.
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Neuro-Resilience – Mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease and interventions supporting increased health-span and healthy brain ageing

  • This cluster comprises of a multidisciplinary, experientially and culturally diverse, and inclusive group of scientists who have been working collaboratively to unravel the intricate mechanisms by which the natural process of ageing contributes to the onset and progression of neurodegenerative diseases and mitigation strategies. The main framework for such collaborative research stems from the recognition that individual scientists' research themes possess significant overlap, collectively covering a diverse array of pathways through which negative life experiences and the process of natural ageing may induce cellular damage susceptible to triggering neurodegenerative conditions in later stages of life. This is reflected in the diverse, yet overlapping research projects covered by the team investigating various factors that are implicated in neurobiology/neuropathology of the ageing brain, including exposure to chronic psychosocial stress and inflammation (MS), mitochondrial dysfunction (NM/MDP), lysosomal dysfunction (DS/SW), disruptions in the gut-brain axis (NM/MS), and circadian clock disturbances (CB). These will be complemented in the cluster by the addition of expertise in microbiology (LS & RA), neuropharmacology and metabolic disease (BG); drug discovery and chemistry (FB) and the biology of autophagy (EM). By synthesising their expertise and insights across these different domains, this cluster aims to advance our understanding of the complex interplay between ageing and neurodegeneration, paving the way for innovative strategies aimed at mitigating the impact of age-related brain disorders on human health and well-being.
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How to apply

Further information on each project can be found by clicking on the 'Details' button.

Please note, this is a two-stage application process and would not follow the normal route for research degree applications. It includes a first sift at Stage 1, where you will send in the two-page application form to the email address, together with a 2-page CV and two references (as detailed in Stage 1 below). Successful candidates will then make the full application submission through our online portal as detailed in Stage 2 below.

For more information on how to apply for these scholarships, please visit:

STAGE 1: Deadline: Monday, 8 July 2024

STAGE 2: Deadline for full application: Friday, 2 August 2024