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£60,000 International Development PhD Studentships for 2009

LIDC is contributing thousands of pounds towards field costs for five three-year PhD Studentships related to international development. The funds will support research projects in a range of specialised areas including workforce migration, HIV/AIDS and human rights, and Rift Valley Fever. They will supplement the five development Studentships, out of a total of 12 Studentships, offered by The Bloomsbury Colleges. Each development project - Studentship plus field costs‚ is worth more than £60,000.

Successful applicants will begin their PhDs in September/October 2009 as part of the scheme run by The Bloomsbury Colleges (a consortium made up of Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, School of Oriental and African Studies, and The School of Pharmacy). Each student will be guided by two academics - a lead supervisor from one of the Bloomsbury Colleges and a collaborating supervisor from another. This joint supervision approach will promote interdisciplinary research, a primary aim of LIDC. The Colleges, via the consortium, will provide Studentships to include tuition fees and a stipend. LIDC is committed to contributing a total of approximately £29,000 towards the field research costs across the five development Studentships.

Research questions
The five PhD research areas and the academics responsible for supervising them are set out below (lead supervisor listed first):


Professor Richard Smith, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr Moses Oketch, Institute of Education, and Professor Felicity Smith, School of Pharmacy

Professor Dirk Pfeiffer,

RoyalVeterinaryCollege, and Dr Richard White, LondonSchool of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Dr Deborah Johnston, School of Oriental and African Studies, and Dr Justin Parkhurst, LondonSchool of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Dr Michael Jennings, School of Oriental and African Studies, and Dr Matthew Weait, Birkbeck

Professor Michael Heinrich, The School of Pharmacy, and Dr Martin Ingrouille, Birkbeck

Terry Bishop is the facilitator of The Bloomsbury Colleges consortium, which began the PhD Studentships initiative in 2007. He said: “The consortium’s priority is to encourage new areas of interdisciplinary and intercollegiate research and one of these main areas is international development.”

The Bloomsbury PhD Studentships were created to promote cross-College collaboration, particularly in areas likely to benefit from interdisciplinary work. A total of 12 are awarded every year for a range of topics, including international development. Guillaume Fournie and Sam Meijas were awarded Studentships in 2007 and their work is related to international development. Fournie is studying bird flu outbreaks in Vietnam at the Royal Veterinary College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Mejias is studying human rights education at the Institute of Education and Birkbeck. Mejias said: ""I am being matched with two supervisors who are incredibly accomplished in the field and they have an interest in what I am doing. The Bloomsbury Studentship has been great for my academic and professional development"".

For more information about the PhD Studentships and to apply, please visit The Bloomsbury Colleges PhD Studentships .
The Studentships cover the cost of UK/EU tuition fees and a maintenance stipend. Applications are welcome from students of all nationalities. The deadline for applications is 25 February 2009.
 By Guy Collender, Communications Officer, LIDC