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.
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 attended in London on 17th November 2016, see below.
Fellowships will next be advertised in July 2017, with applications to be received by 1st September 2017.
If there are any queries about the Colt Foundation Fellowships, please contact Jackie Douglas on 023 9249 1400, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to The Colt Foundation, New Lane, Havant, Hampshire PO9 2LY.
Many topics have been covered by PhD students, including:
Interviews for the 2017 Fellowships took place in November 2016, and one Fellowship was awarded:
Audrey Buelo, University of Edinburgh
An exploratory analysis of NHS shift workers’ health behaviours
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.