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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 Trust Doctoral Training Centre for Public Health Economics and Decision Science

We are seeking bright graduates from disciplines such as health sciences, epidemiology, psychology, sociology, politics, mathematics, statistics, economics, systems engineering, business studies or geography who want to make a difference in the area of population health.

Join the research effort to reduce the burden of chronic disease

Chronic disease accounts for over 70% of deaths globally, of which many are premature and avoidable. Well-targeted and co-ordinated public health policies and interventions can prevent ill health, but we need to better understand the complex interplay of influences at the societal, environmental and individual level. Public Health Economics and Decision Science explicitly seeks to identify those prevention strategies that are most effective and cost-effective, and should thus be prioritised by decision makers. This 4-year programme will give graduates the necessary public health and advanced quantitative skills. This will prepare them for rewarding careers in academia, practice or policy or organisations, contributing to the reduction of the burden of disease in the UK and internationally.

About scholarships

Our Wellcome Trust funded Doctoral Training Centre is guaranteed funding for 35 scholarships and we are now commencing recruitment of a new cohort of seven bright and enthusiastic new PhD students to join the programme in autumn 2020. We are keen to attract the best talent from all walks of life and have set aside one of the studentships for a UK student from a widening participation background (see website for criteria), and up to two studentships can cover overseas fees for students from OECD ODA recipient countries.

The programme

Generously funded by the Wellcome Trust and the University of Sheffield, this four-year cohort-based PhD Programme provides unique interdisciplinary training. The programme offers doctoral-level research training in public health, economics, statistics and mathematical modelling. From year 1, you will have access to senior scientists and public health decision makers and take a range of self-selected 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 allow you to experience research in multiple topic areas before finalising the topic of the PhD project you will complete during years two to four. Throughout the programme students work collaboratively, arrange internships and develop networks with external organisations and decision-makers to ensure PhDs have real-world impact. The programme develops sought after quantitative, analytical and transferable skills that are highly valuable for careers within academia and beyond.

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


Seven studentships are available, of which two can cover international fees for highly talented applicants from OECD ODA recipient countries, and one is set aside for a UK applicant from a widening participation background. Part-time study can be discussed where students have health or social needs that would make full-time study difficult.

Each studentship provides:

  • home or international rate tuition fees for 4 years
  • an annual stipend at Wellcome Trust rates (£19,919-£23,997)
  • a generous training, research cost and travel fund
  • an opportunity to apply for postdoctoral transition funding


You will…

  • be highly motivated to make a significant scientific contribution to tackling chronic disease burden through well-evidenced, cost-effective public health strategies
  • be an academic high achiever
  • be able to demonstrate your enthusiasm to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment
  • have completed an undergraduate degree (equivalent to 2.1 or above) in a relevant discipline
  • have a relevant Masters degree or experience working in a health, policy, operational research/decision modelling, or economics environment
  • have quantitative maths skills equivalent to A at A-Level (may also be evidenced through university modules or work)
  • have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • meet English language requirements (international applicants).

Closing date for September 2020 entry - 1st January 2020.

Interviews will take place in the weeks commencing 3rd and 10th February 2020.

More information & how to apply

Visit our website or contact us at [email protected].

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