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Investigating mechanisms of post-stroke fatigue


Key facts

Type of research degree
Application deadline
Monday 11 March 2024
Country eligibility
UK only
Source of funding
University of Leeds
Additional supervisors
Dr Anna Kuppuswamy
School of Biomedical Sciences
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The School of Biomedical Sciences invites applications from prospective postgraduate researchers who wish to commence study for a PhD in the academic year 2023/24.<br /> <br /> This opportunity is funded by the School of Biomedical Sciences to undertake a programme of work focussed on understanding the neural mechanisms of post-stroke fatigue. The candidate will have access to world-class research facilities at the Faculty of Biological Sciences and to people with lived experience of stroke through the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The PhD will be supervised by Dr Anna Kuppuswamy, a pioneer in post-stroke fatigue mechanistic research.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>The project will focus on understanding the phenotypes of post-stroke fatigue. The candidate will be expected to develop a behavioural paradigm that will allow dissociation of attention to multiple streams of sensory input, and combine imaging methods such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) to identify behavioural and neural correlates of post-stroke fatigue phenotypes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Potential candidates are invited to look at the following website for detailed information about Dr Kuppuswamy&rsquo;s work &ndash; <a href="">The Effort Lab</a>&nbsp;- and are encouraged to contact her directly at <a href=""></a> to discuss the potential project. Candidates must have a background in clinical, computational or related neurosciences.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>To apply for this scholarship opportunity applicants should complete an<a href=""> online application form</a> and attach the following documentation to support their application.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>a cover letter</li> <li>a full academic CV</li> <li>degree certificate and transcripts of marks</li> <li>Evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (if applicable)</li> </ul> <p>To help us identify that you are applying for this project please ensure you provide the following information on your application form;</p> <ul> <li>Select PhD in Biological Sciences as your programme of study</li> <li>Give the full project title and name the supervisors listed in this advert</li> <li>Please state &quot;Faculty Funded Scholarship&quot; when asked for source of funding</li> </ul> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people </em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. A Master's degree and/or experience with cell culture or animal experimentation is desirable but not essential.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p>This scholarship is funded by the Faculty of Biological Sciences. The scholarship will provide academic fees at the UK rate, as well as a stipend of &pound;18,622 (based on the 2023/24 stipend rate) for up to three years. Due to limited funding we can only consider applicants eligible to pay academic fees at the UK fee rate. If you are unsure if this applies to you, please contact the admissions team: for more information.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the Faculty Admissions Team<br /> e: <a href=""></a></p>