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PhD Scholarships in Health and Welfare Studies - Nursing and Midwifery projects

School of Health and Social Care

Location:  Stafford campus
Salary:   £15,285 Annual stipend, with PhD Home tuition fees waived for three years.
Tenure:   3-Year Fully Funded PhD Scholarship
Release Date:  Thursday 17 December 2020
Closing Date:   Monday 15 February 2021
Reference:  HSC-PHD-NM1

 2 x PhD Scholarships in Health and Welfare Studies  - Nursing and Midwifery projects


Staffordshire University is pleased to announce two, 3-year fully funded PhD scholarships in the School of Health and Social Care, to commence in April 2021 or September 2021. The successful candidates will receive an annual stipend of £15,285 with PhD Home tuition fees waived for three years. The posts are located on the Stafford Campus.

UK, EU and international candidates are eligible for this scholarship.

Staffordshire University is on a journey to become the foremost modern higher education institution in the UK, with an international reputation for excellence, and we are looking for inspirational and effective people to take us to the next stage.

We have made a commitment to establishing Staffordshire University as a Centre of Excellence for safety research. In October 2020 we launched ReSNET, our Research into Safety Network, and will be working regionally, nationally, and internationally to support significant improvement in the safety of health and care services.

Project title: we are seeking applications from registered nurses or midwives to undertake PhDs investigating areas of importance to nursing or midwifery practice

As part of our celebrations for the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we have available two PhD studentships to support two exceptional nurses or midwives to undertake a PhD within the field of safety. We especially welcome applications from newly and recently qualified nurses and midwives, who we will support to maintain clinical practice with a collaboration with a partnering Trust who will provide clinical shifts. Successful candidates will be working within the School of Health and Social Care alongside a team of highly skilled health and social care lecturers and researchers as part of our community of colleagues.

Areas that are of particular interest:

-           Human factors and ergonomics applied to nursing and midwifery care

-           Pressure ulcers: risk management, education and training

-           Workforce safety and wellbeing

-           Out of hospital care

We welcome applications from recently qualified nurses and midwives and will provide access to clinical hours to ensure that successful applicants can continue to develop skills and experience.

These projects are not pre-designed and the stipends are available to candidates with their own research proposals. Prior to applying please contact Dr Sarahjane Jones at the very earliest opportunity to discuss your research proposal.   


* You will have or expect to have a UK Honours degree at 2.1 (or above), a Masters degree, or equivalent experience in a relevant area

* International applicants whose first language is not English are required to achieve IELTS 6.5 with a minimum score of 6 in each element

* Able to adapt to unpredictable nature of current healthcare landscape

* Strong research ethics

* Able to travel to relevant NHS sites to undertake research


Informal inquiries can be made to Dr Sarahjane Jones ( 

How to apply 

Please submit your application to Dr Sarahjane Jones ( by the deadline, with the following documents.

  1. Your CV
  2. A PhD research proposal. This should not exceed 3,000 words and should include the following subheadings: introduction; literature review; research design and methods (include aims and Objectives); and impact and potential value

Closing date for completed applications: Monday 15th February 2021 

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