Colt Foundation Students

The trustees believe that an investment in students is an investment in the future, and over the past 25 years, have awarded grants in excess of £2 million to support students studying in areas related to occupational health issues.

Colt Foundation Fellowships in Occupational/Environmental Health 2017

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. We 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. 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. 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. Applications can be submitted by email.

Copies of the advertisement for the 2017 Fellowships were mailed to all universities and colleges in the UK during July 2016 to ensure maximum exposure. The closing date for receipt of applications was 1st September 2016. Those shortlisted for interview will be attending for interview in London on 17th November 2016.

If there are any queries about the Colt Foundation Fellowships, please contact Jackie Douglas on 023 9249 1400, or email: or write to The Colt Foundation, New Lane, Havant, Hampshire PO9 2LY.

Many topics have been covered by PhD students, including:

  • The effect of employee assistance on individual well-being, and organisational healthlines
  • 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 intermittent 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

Interviews for the 2016 Fellowships took place in November 2015, and two Fellowships were awarded:

Evangelia-Theano Smpokou, UCL

Chronic kidney disease of unknown origin in the sugarcane industry

Jennifer Canizales, Imperial College London

Laboratory animal allergy: a changing world

Details of the Colt Foundation Fellowships are also listed on the ThinkPostgrad website, along with their Postgraduate Studentships PhD Funding Fair 2016 which takes place in December 2016:

  • this is a dedicated event focusing on the needs of potential PhD students
  • meet high quality Universities with PhD funding, chat to current PhD students and attend talks on how to apply for a PhD and funding

As this is a specialist Fair, and there are limited spaces available, students will need to apply, and be accepted, in order to attend. Places are free and early booking is encouraged to avoid disappointment.

Additional students

In addition to the PhD Fellowships, more than 200 MSc students have been supported through the Human and Applied Physiology course at King’s College London, and through the Occupational Hygiene course at the University of Aberdeen.

54 nurses have also received support through a scheme administered by the Royal College of Nursing, Society of Occupational Health Nursing, to assist nurses to undertake a course of study at a college, polytechnic or university leading to a qualification in occupational health nursing.

14 overseas students have also been funded at Plater College, Oxford by way of a Memorial Scholarship to I J (Jack) O’Hea, who had strong links with the College over a long period of time.