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LISS DTP PhD Studentship in Global Health Education

   School of Public Health

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  Dr Mariam Sbaiti, Prof Helen Ward  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

We are pleased to announce a vacancy for a 3-year or 4-year PhD studentship in Global Health Education within the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, funded by the London Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP).

Start date: October 2022

Duration and Funding: LISS-DTP ESRC Collaborative Studentship, 1+3 (Relevant Master’s degree and 3-year PhD) OR 3-year PhD (if the candidate has a relevant Master’s degree)

Funding is available to cover the cost of UK home tuition fees plus a stipend of approximately £17,609 pa.

SupervisorsProfessor Helen Ward (School of Public Health, Imperial College London), Dr Mariam Sbaiti (School of Public Health, Imperial College London) and Dr Chris Willott (King’s College London)

Location/Departments: School of Public Health, Imperial College London. This PhD programme is a Collaborative CASE studentship delivered in collaboration with Young Brent Foundation

Research project description

This project aims to study an existing innovative partnership between the educators of a Global Health university degree and a local London-based voluntary sector organisation. The scheme allows Global Health students to learn about local health inequalities through an experiential placement module with a non-profit organisation, Young Brent Foundation. Young Brent Foundation works to address the complex determinants of the high rates of youth violence in the neighbouring council of Brent. Many students experience their placement as deeply transformative, and some choose to continue collaborating with their voluntary sector organisation after graduation.

Global Health is a multidisciplinary field of research and practice focusing on health and healthcare across the world. The provision of university degrees in Global Health has exploded since the millennium. Paradoxically, most of these are financially and logistically inaccessible to those communities with direct experience of health inequalities.

Collaborative partnership in Global Health education have not been studied before. The purpose of this doctoral project is to examine the value of this innovative approach to curriculum co-design and co-delivery with civil society partners.

This research project will highlight the ongoing experiences and the benefits of collaboration for all participants, including, importantly, Young Brent Foundation itself. The project employs qualitative and ethnographic methods to explore and critically analyse the complexities and the pedagogical and ethical tensions in this partnership for each stakeholder.

This research project contributes to an important critique of the meaning of Global Health education and will provide key practical insights to inform future educational partnerships.

See project description on the LISS DTP website


Applicants must either; be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), have settled or pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or have indefinite leave to remain; or be able to self-fund the additional amount required to cover international fees for a PhD (i.e. additional £ 34,300). Please find the definition of international students for fees purposes here.

Students applying for CASE studentships must meet the ESRC eligibility guidelines in terms of UK/EU residency status and academic qualifications, specifically core social science research methods training that must already have been undertaken (for +3 awards) or will be undertaken at Masters level (for 1+3 awards). Please see the LISS-DTP website for further details.

Note: you are eligible for the 1+3 track even if you already have a first Master’s degree in an unrelated discipline.

Person description

We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about researching (health) inequalities through qualitative/ethnographic methods. A prior qualification in Global Health is not essential. 

Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a first or upper-second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant field.  A Master’s degree in one of the Global Health or related fields is welcome but not required. 

We welcome applications from candidates with a non-conventional route to PhD study and relevant professional and personal experience. This project focuses on the meaning of Global Health in London, and how this is negotiated between academic and civil society partners. Therefore, relevant experience may include, experience of working in the civil society sector or being personally affected by youth violence or inequality.  

We expect that different types of candidates would be suitable for this post (please note that if candidates are required to complete a Master’s programme: 

  • Global Health background
  • Academic qualification in social sciences or experience around social inequality
  • Social sciences research skills

If a candidate is required to undertake a Master’s prior to PhD study, this will be fully funded and include a stipend as detailed above. The requirement for a Master’s will be established based on the ESRC’s core training requirements.  

Application process 

General information about eligibility can be found on the LISS DTP webpage for CASE studentships here.

To be considered, all applications must include the following (which should be sent to [Email Address Removed] & [Email Address Removed] by 11am on Monday 28 February 2022):

  • A completed ESRC LISS-DTP Collaborative CASE Application form (PDF)
  • A copy of your CV (maximum 2 A4 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 2 A4 pages) indicating your interest in, and suitability for, this research project (see Person Description above) as well as a basic explanation of how you think you might shape the research project
  • Academic transcripts
  • 2 reference letters: these should be sent directly by your referees (this can include 2 academic referees or 1 academic and 1 professional referee) and address your suitability for the post

When completing the LISS application form, please indicate your preferred Master’s programme. Relevant Master’s degrees for this programme include: MSc Global Health (KCL), MPH Public Health: Global Health Stream (ICL), MSc Global Health & Social Justice (KCL) or MRes Global Public Health & Policy (QMUL). Please note this is not a final decision and the successful candidate will be advised on which Master’s to complete in order to meet the ESRC competencies.


We expect to conduct online interviews in early March, so please include in your cover email any constraints in your time availability or any disabilities that might impact your ability to attend an online interview.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact the academic lead for this project Dr Mariam Sbaiti ([Email Address Removed]) or [Email Address Removed].

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