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Seven fully-funded PhD scholarships available in the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre for Public Health Economics and Decision Science

Seven fully funded PhD scholarships available in the Wellcome Doctoral Training Centre for Public Health Economics and Decision Science (PHEDS)

We are seeking bright and enthusiastic graduates from disciplines including health sciences, psychology, sociology, politics, mathematics, statistics, economics, systems engineering, business studies and geography who want to make a difference to population health.

We are now recruiting a new cohort of seven students to join the PHEDS programme in autumn 2022.

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.

Seven fully-funded PhD scholarships available in the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre for Public Health Economics and Decision Science


Seven studentships are available. We want to attract the best talent from all walks of life and will award at least one studentship to a UK applicant from a widening participation background. Two studentships can cover overseas fees for applicants from OECD-defined Low and Middle Income countries.

Each studentship provides:

  • Home/international rate tuition fees for four years
  • an annual tax-free stipend at Wellcome Trust rates
  • a 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 will only be considered if they have an outstanding academic track record, including a first-class undergraduate 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
  • meet English language requirements (international applicants).

Closing date for Autumn 2022 entry – Midnight, Friday 10th December 2021.

Interviews will take place in February 2022.

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