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School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences PhD Scholarship


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Postgraduate research
United Kingdom
School of Sport Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences

The proposed interdisciplinary PhD is jointly funded by the University of Essex and Green Light Trust (GLT), a charitable organisation supporting those who are the most marginalised and disadvantaged in society, using nature-based interventions (NBIs). 

The key aims of the studentship will be to: 

  1. Examine the short- and longer-term impact of GLT NBIs on health and wellbeing 
  2. Explore the underpinning mechanisms supporting changes in health and wellbeing
  3. Explore the impact of GLT NBIs on health service use and the impact of these changes on the wider health and social care systems
  4. Identify the social return on investment from GLT provision

The successful applicant will join a vibrant school with an active cohort of doctoral students and supportive team of academics, administrators, and technicians; being supervised by two experienced members of research staff from the School of Sport, Rehabilitation & Exercise Sciences; Dr Carly Wood and Dr Jo Barton. Additionally, the student will be integrated within GLT, experiencing their NBIs, being a representative of their organisation values and working directly with GLT staff, representatives from the NHS and health care service, and users of GLT services. To have an informal discussion about the studentship, please contact Jo on jobarton@essex.ac.uk 

The successful applicant will receive a full PhD scholarship, including full tuition fee discount for three years of study, a stipend payment towards your living costs and Proficio funding towards training, conferences, and travel. 


How to apply

You can apply for this postgraduate research opportunity online by Sunday 26th November at 11:59pm GMT. You should apply for PhD Health and Physical Activity for a January 2024 start, and state that you are applying for this scholarship. 

Applications MUST include the following documents to be uploaded:

  • Research proposal of no more than 600 words, outlining suggested research focus(es), approach(es) and/or studies that applicants would be interested to include within their PhD.
  • CV including research experience, skills, and publications (if any)
  • Covering letter outlining how you meet the criteria for the studentship
  • Transcripts of any undergraduate or masters’ programmes

Our online application process is quick and straightforward, and the following pages give you all the details: PhD application information | University of Essex

You can learn about postgraduate research at the University of Essex more generally on our research pages.


Terms and conditions

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SRES PhD Scholarship Terms and Conditions (.pdf) 

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