Scholarships and Student Funding

Colt Foundation Fellowships

The Foundation awards Fellowships each year to persons who are qualified in science or medicine who are carrying out research within the area of occupational and environmental health at a UK university.

The Fellowship is normally for three years and the research is expected to lead to a PhD degree. The stipend rate for the first year is £14,000, rising with UK inflation for the following two years. Payments will include UK/EU fees and overseas candidates applying would be expected to meet the difference in UK/EU and International rates. A sum to cover research expenses will also be awarded. The grant does not attract any taxation.

In recent years grants have been made in respect of:

  • Characterisation of the effects of intermittent or prolonged exposure to environmentally relevant UV radiation in mammalian cells
  • A molecular approach to understanding the mechanism(s) of silica-induced lung carcinogenesis
  • External magnetic fields and human health: a link to biological enzyme reaction systems
  • Human health, climate change and the bio-energy industry
  • High aspect ratio nanomaterials and the asbestos pathogenicity paradigm
  • Occupational risk factors affecting mental health: developing simple, theory-driven preventative strategies to target flashbacks associated with post traumatic stress in the workplace
  • Dispersion and characterisation of bioaerosols emitted from industrial composting sitests
  • The dissemination and implementation processes of NICE workplace guidance within NHS Trusts
  • Economic evaluation of reducing occupational and environmental health hazards arising from industrial production
  • Extertional heat illness: genetic risk factors and muscle performance
  • Long-term cardiovascular risk from low levels of ionising radiation: endothelial damage mechanisms


The application should include:

  • an outline of the proposed research which demonstrates the occupational content of their work
  • Cirriculum Vitae (CV)
  • detailed letter of support from the proposed supervisor
  • contact details of two referees

Shortlisted students will be invited to attend an interview in London in November 2017.

Applications should apply directly to Mrs Jackie Douglas, Colt Foundation. Deadline for applications is 1 September 2017.

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