PhD Studentship in The Nihr Applied Research Collaboration East of England

University of Cambridge, UK is offering PhD position in palliative care. The funds for this fellowship are available for three years. Applications are invited up to January 06, 2020.

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship starting in October 2020, based in the Palliative and End of Life Care (PEoLC) Research Group of the Primary Care Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge. The student will be supervised by Dr Stephen Barclay, University Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care and General Practice, with additional supervisors according to the interests and background of the successful applicant.

The PhD studentship is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration East of England and will focus on one or more of the following: 1. Regional and national inequalities in PEoLC service provision. 2. Out-of-hours PEoLC provision and support services. 3. The PEoLC needs of the ageing UK population, including multiple co-morbidities and physical and cognitive frailty. Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Barclay to discuss their interests in these areas and the potential for undertaking research to address these issues.

The student will be well supported in their development, receiving regular academic supervision. They will be able to choose a bespoke set of courses at Cambridge to develop their skills and knowledge. They will work with research colleagues within the Palliative and End-of-Life Care Group and the wider Department, a warm and collegiate environment for pursuing research in the challenging area of end-of-life care.

Candidates will have a degree in a relevant discipline: social science, psychology, history, nursing, medicine, social work or other related subjects. A research Master’s degree and experience relevant to PEoLC would both be advantageous, but are not requirements. Candidates must meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements: see

The studentship has a stipend of 15,000 per year for three years. Only UK/EU level University fees are covered: other applicants will need to secure additional funding for overseas student fees.

This role requires an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check: any offer we make will be conditional upon the satisfactory completion of this check; whether an outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University. The nature of this role means that the successful candidate will also need to undergo a health assessment

We welcome informal conversations about this post: please contact Dr Stephen Barclay at or his PA Angela Harper 01223 746505.

To apply please complete the University GRADSAF application form. – then click on Course Directory and choose Public Health & Primary Care – PhD.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in Cambridge in late January 2020

With your application please upload: (i) A letter outlining your suitability, why you are interested in a PhD in this area, your background and research interests. (ii) Your CV, stating your citizenship and years of residence in the UK. (iii) Your academic transcripts. (iv) Details of two academic referees.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


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