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Carnegie School of Sport Sponsored Research Bursaries in collaboration with the English Institute of Sport and the British Triathlon Federation


The PhD studentship will have a bursary of £14,553 per annum (pro-rata into 12 monthly payments) plus UK/EU Fees paid for a period of three years.

The closing date for applications is midnight, 3rd December 2017.

***Project subject to external funding***

In collaboration with the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and the British Triathlon Federation (BTF) we are pleased to invite applications for a full-time Studentship to study for a Doctor of Philosophy for a period of three years. If you are an enthusiastic high achieving student looking to study in a vibrant research environment to provide meaningful research and practical support to British athletes in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, then join us by applying for a full time bursary available within the Carnegie School of Sport.

The quality of Carnegie School of Sport research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, where we ranked 2nd nationally when accounting for both research quality and the number of contributing staff (Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism). The Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure delivers international research excellence through its five University Research Centres one of which has a focus on Sports Performance.
This research project will involve working alongside staff at Leeds Beckett University, BTF and EIS. If successful you will undertake research exploring “Acclimation interventions for Olympic competitions in hot and humid environments”, while also providing acclimation support interventions to athletes. The PhD aims to develop specific knowledge and understanding of the adaptive mechanisms related to competing in competitions in hot and humid conditions, and to establish competition specific individualised interventions to optimise an athlete’s performance. The research is specifically orientated to creating meaningful and impactful information to assist in the preparations for the Tokyo Olympics in July 2020, and as a consequence the candidate may directly support key GB athletes.
The post will require flexible working hours, including evening and occasional weekend work, and may involve some national and international travel. Candidates should have a strong applied research background and experience of delivering support to high-level athletes. DBS disclosure may be required.
Proposals can be discussed with the project lead; Professor John O’Hara (J.OHara@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) prior to application. Please note, research must be original, impactful and be highly translational and applicable to a range of Olympic sports and events.
Candidates should complete the online application form including a research proposal
  • Applicants are asked to complete the research student application form and provide a proposal of the research to be undertaken using the headings below as a guide.
  • The proposal of the research can be up to four A4 pages in length (with references as an addition to the proposal) using type Arial 12 point.
  • Applicants are asked to include at the start of the proposal the research project title.
  • Applicants should use the research project reference (EISBTF01) as the subject in the email subject line when submitting their applications.
The criteria listed below will be used in both selecting those applicants who will be called for interview and those who will be successful in securing a Studentship.
a) Qualifications, expertise and experience relevant to undertaking study for a PhD;
b) Knowledge of the subject area that will allow the development of a focussed line of enquiry;
c) Knowledge and understanding of research methods appropriate to undertaking a PhD in your chosen area of research
d) Clarity on the original contribution that the completed PhD will make to the body of knowledge in the relevant research literature
e) Scale and scope of the proposed research in terms of delivery within the three-year studentship

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Each studentship will have:
A stipend of £14,553 paid monthly (amount conditional as offered) and exempt from UK Income Tax and National Insurance 
A tuition fee waiver 
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The PhD studentship is for a period of 3 years full-time study. Annual renewal will be subject to satisfactory progress. 
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The start date of the studentship is February 2018. The successful candidate will attend a compulsory induction at the beginning of February at Leeds Beckett University.
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We expect bursary students to be an integral part of the research culture of the university, contributing to seminars and conferences, perhaps to projects, and generally engaging in the exchange of ideas. Associated with this, all research students undertake a research training programme. 
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