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Co(l)laboratory Fully Funded Studentships

Supporting Nottinghamshire communities through partnership, research and collaboration



Find out about our research, guided by local communities.

What is Co(l)laboratory?

Co(l)laboratory is a joint, £5.1m project between Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham.

Over the course of eight years, we will train 50 PhD candidates through a programme of locally relevant, challenge-based research.

Our PhDs are open to candidates from non-traditional backgrounds who are passionate about making a difference. Watch the video and visit the website to discover how we are embedding the voice of the local community into doctoral research.

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Fully funded studentships

Applications for the next intake of Co(l)laboratory fully funded studentships are now open until

We can fully fund 12 researchers who want to make a 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 2024.

How to apply

Applications to all Co(l)laboratory 2024 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 and close at

Anyone interested in applying is advised to attend a Co(l)laboratory PhD Studentship drop-in on


Contact us

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