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Do you have a burning desire to be involved in research of the highest quality? Are you talented and highly-motivated? If so, the University of East London wants to hear from you.

UEL has just launched its 20 full-time Excellence PhD studentship programme. Each award provides full tuition fees, a generous stipend, and access to a research training grant for successful applicants.

“The lucky twenty will form the vanguard of UEL’s vibrant and growing postgraduate research community,” said Dr Kala Vairavamoorthy, Dean of Research, Innovation, and Enterprise.

“We want to make sure they leave with the potential and track record to secure bright professional futures, whether inside or outside academia.

“The twenty Excellence Scholars will have a postgraduate research experience like no other.”

Applicants are invited to apply for any area of research within the seven academic Schools. Emphasis is given to research in the following areas:

  • big data and smarter cities
  • business and environmental sustainability
  • health and wellbeing
  • the role of media, arts and culture in future cities
  • social and spatial justice
  • social and cultural questions around borders, migration and refugees
  • technology enhanced learning
  • urban resource efficiency.

UEL has nearly doubled its output of world-leading research in recent years, according to a massive new peer review of research at UK universities. In the REF 2014 exercise, UEL was ranked in the top 10 of modern UK universities, with almost 20 per cent of its research classified as world-leading and 95 per cent deemed at least at an internationally-recognised level.

The University was particularly strong in allied health, art and design, cultural and media studies, psychology, and sociology.

Natalie Creary, a PhD student, who received UEL funding, is delighted by the support she receives.

“I would never have been able to fund the PhD myself,” she says. “The funding UEL provided has helped me to support myself and my family while I’m undertaking research. I’m really grateful to have received it. There are very few African-Caribbean researchers, such as myself.”

Another PhD student, James McGill says, “I couldn’t otherwise have afforded to give up work and do my PhD, so the funding I’ve received from UEL has really given me the opportunity to research my chosen area.

“Receiving a stipend from UEL also opened up other funding to me, with partner institutions contributing several thousand pounds towards my general research expenses and experimental work, because of that initial funding from UEL. Things are going really well for me.”

The studentship is for three years, with a maintenance allowance of £16,057 for the 2015-16 academic year, plus a training bursary of £2,000. Candidates will be expected to register at the start of the autumn term 2015.


The closing date is 24 May 2015. Find out more.

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.