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Fully funded PhD scholarship available in the Wellcome Doctoral Training Centre for Public Health Economics and Decision Science (PHEDS)

Fully funded PhD scholarship available in the Wellcome Doctoral Training Centre for Public Health Economics and Decision Science (PHEDS)

An opportunity has arisen to recruit a new student to join the PHEDS programme in autumn 2022.

We are seeking a bright and enthusiastic graduate who wants to make a difference to population health and has a background in health sciences, psychology, sociology, politics, mathematics, statistics, economics, systems engineering, business studies or geography.

Join the effort to reduce the burden of chronic disease

Chronic disease accounts for over 70% of deaths globally. Many of these are premature and can be prevented by coordinated and well-targeted public health policies and interventions. However, to achieve this goal, we need better understanding of the complex interplay of influences on health at the societal, environmental and individual levels.

Public Health Economics and Decision Science seeks to identify the most effective and cost-effective prevention strategies that should be prioritised by decision-makers. This four-year programme will give graduates the necessary public health and advanced quantitative skills for rewarding careers in academia, practice or policy, where they can contribute to reducing the UK and international burden of disease.

The programme

Generously funded by Wellcome and the University of Sheffield, this four-year cohort-based PhD Programme provides a unique interdisciplinary experience.

It offers training in public health, economics, statistics and mathematical modelling. From year one, you will have access to senior scientists and public health decision-makers and take a range of taught modules to complement your existing skills. Health and social sciences graduates will develop advanced quantitative analytical skills and those with quantitative analytical degrees will receive training in public health. Rotations through several “research attachments” will provide research experience in multiple areas before you finalise the topic of the PhD project you will complete during years two to four. You will work collaboratively, arrange internships and develop networks with external organisations and decision-makers. After you complete your PhD, you can then apply for further financial support to secure your career aspirations from the programme’s transition fund.

Fully funded PhD scholarship available in the Wellcome Doctoral Training Centre for Public Health Economics and Decision Science (PHEDS)


One studentship is available for students able to join the programme in September 2022. We want to attract the best talent from all walks of life and we particularly encourage applicants from a widening participation background. On this occasion, the studentship is only available to those eligible to pay Home tuition fees. We encourage overseas applicants from low and middle income counties to apply for 2023 entry when applications open later in the year.

The studentship provides:

  • Home rate tuition fees for four years
  • An annual tax-free stipend at Wellcome rates
  • A generous training, research cost and travel fund
  • The opportunity to apply for postdoctoral transition funding

Part-time study can be discussed where students have health or social needs that would make full-time study difficult.


You will…

  • be motivated to make a significant scientific contribution to tackling the burden of chronic disease through well-evidenced, cost-effective public health strategies
  • be able to demonstrate your enthusiasm to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment
  • have completed an undergraduate degree classified at 2.1 or above (or non-UK equivalent)
  • have completed either a Master’s degree classified at merit or distinction (or non-UK equivalents) OR have more than one year of formal employment in either a relevant scientific environment or in public health decision making. Current Master’s students without relevant work experience are welcome to apply if they have an outstanding academic track record (e.g. a first-class undergraduate degree or a potential distinction on their Master’s degree).
  • have at least one of your degrees in a relevant subject, such as: mathematics, statistics, epidemiology, public health, psychology, nutrition, quantitative sociology, politics, economics, systems engineering, business studies, geography
  • be able to demonstrate mathematical skills equivalent to A at A-Level

Closing date for applications: Midnight on Friday 29th July 2022.

Applicants must be available for interview on the 8th or 9th August 2022.

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