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Co(l)laboratory Fully Funded Studentships

Co(l)laboratory is a joint project between Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham, that will support Nottinghamshire communities through partnership, research and collaboration.

This eight year, £5.1m project will train 50 PhD candidates through a programme of locally relevant, challenge-based research, guided by Nottinghamshire communities.

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Fully funded studentships

Applications for the first Co(l)laboratory fully funded studentships are now open until Monday 6 February 2023.

We can fully fund 10 passionate researchers who want to make a real difference to the lives of people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. All of our PhD projects have been co-designed by academic researchers and partners at local community-focused organisations, based on the needs and priorities of local citizens. Co(l)laboratory research will support development within local communities, broadening prospects and facilitating change for citizens, driving growth and improving wellbeing. Browse the projects at the bottom of this page to see the opportunities available.

Who can apply?

These studentships will fully fund UK students and are open to local citizens, employees and practitioners who want to make in a difference to the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. We are particularly interested in applicants from non-traditional backgrounds with community experience and a passion for creating positive change. Applicants do not necessarily need a first or 2.1 degree to apply. It is expected that successful candidates will enrol in April 2023.

How to apply

Applications to all Co(l)laboratory 2023 PhD studentships must be submitted through through our online applications portal HERE. This also applies to Co(l)laboratory studentships which are hosted at the University of Nottingham. Applications open at 12pm on Thursday 22nd December 2022 and close at 12pm on Monday 6th February 2023.

Anyone interested in applying is advised to attend a Co(l)laboratory PhD Studentship drop-in on Monday 30 January 2023 9am-6pm at The Carousel, 25 Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FH, or webinar on Thursday 26 January 2023 6-7pm. Please register for the webinar here.


Contact us

If you have any questions please get in touch at or call +44 (0) 115 84 86877