Colt Foundation Fellowships in Occupational/Environmental Health in UK, 2018


Last updated on March 29th, 2018 at 08:37 am

Entries are currently been submitted for the Colt Foundation Fellowships in Occupational/Environmental Health in UK, 2018, eligible applicants are by this notice charged to hurry and apply for this program before the deadline.

Brief Description

Colt Foundation is awarding research fellowships for carrying out research within the area of occupational and environmental health at a UK university for UK/EU and International applicants.

The Colt Foundation is interested in supporting research into the health, safety and comfort of people at work.  The trustees have occasionally supported projects which fall outside this area, but these projects are very much the exception.

The foundation considers applications for funding high quality research projects in the field of occupational and environmental health, particularly those aimed at discovering the cause of illnesses arising from conditions at the place of work.

If applicant’s first language is not English they must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied. These requirements are different for each degree and can be found in the entry requirements section of each degree page.

Course Level:

Fellowships are available for carrying out research expected to lead to a PhD degree.

Study Subject:

Fellowships are awarded in the area of occupational and environmental health.

List of subjects: Many topics have been covered by PhD students, including:
-The effect of employee assistance on individual well-being, and organisational health lines
-Neurological disease in a cohort of dockyard workers
-Molecular mechanisms involved in fibre-induced DNA damage
-The relationship between lung function decline and dust exposure in cotton and manmade fibre textile workers
-The structural chemistry of compounds which cause occupational asthma and dermatitis
-Risk of congenital anomaly in relation to residence near hazardous waste landfill sites
-Shoulder pain in the workplace: occupational risk factors protocol
-Chemical speciation of toxic trace elements in hair for use in the study of exposure to chemicals in the environment and workplace
-Compiling a case register of anophthalmia/microphthalmia in England for examination of the association with some environmental risk factors
-Classical and molecular epidemiological studies of tuberculosis in the South African gold mines
-The physiological and bronchial inflammatory marker response to exposure in the workplace in patients with occupational asthma
-Signal transduction in mesothelial cells treated with mineral fibres
-Molecular studies on the quartz hazard in relation to its carcinogenesis
-The investigation of potential biomarkers for cancer risk associated with occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium
-Characterisation of the effects of intermittant or prolonged exposure to environmentally relevant UV radiation in mammalian cells
-Prevention of occupational asthma: an economic appraisal
-Toxicological and chemical characteristics of airborne particles in occupational and ambient environments
-Aeroallergens, air pollution and asthma morbidity – a time series analysis
-The positive work environment and its effects on employee health
-A molecular approach to understanding the mechanism(s) of silica-induced lung carcinogenesis
-Temperature-related mortality in New Delhi and Cape Town
-An investigation into the effects of trained state and microgravity upon baroreceptor function and blood pressure control
-External magnetic fields and human health: a link to biological enzyme reaction systems
-Chemoreceptor renin-angiotensin system activity and the exertional ventilatory response to acute hypoxia
-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 sites
-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

Scholarship Award:  

The full fellowship covers:

The stipend rate for the first year is £14,000 (£16,000 inside London), 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.

Scholarship can be taken at:



Applicants can apply for this fellowship if they meet the following requirements:

The application must be submitted by the student personally and not by their supervisor on their behalf, although it is expected that the supervisor will have an input to ensure that the project can lead to a successful PhD. Fellowships are awarded in competition and are a personal award to the student, and the outline must therefore contain sufficient detail to enable the Selection Panel to determine that the work has been well-designed, that the work is worthwhile and can be completed in the three-year period, and to enable the Panel to decide which students should be interviewed.


UK/EU and International applicants are eligible to apply for this fellowship.

College Admission Requirement:

Entrance Requirement: Fellowships are awarded 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.

Language Requirement: In order to be eligible if applicant’s first language is not English they must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied.

Supporting Material:

The foundation do not have application forms and prospective students should apply to Mrs Jackie Douglas, address below, including an outline of the proposed research which demonstrates the occupational content of their work, a CV, a detailed letter of support from the proposed supervisor and the contact details of two referees.

How to Apply:

Applications can be submitted by email.

Application Deadline: 

Fellowships will next be advertised in July 2018, with applications to be received by 1st September 2018.

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