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Wed, 21 Jan 2009 16:53:40 +0000
Dear All, 

Below are some details (also attached) about five 60,000 International
Development PhD Studentships for 2009. 

Please contact me if you would like more information about these
research opportunities. 

Best wishes, 


Guy Collender
Communications Officer
London International Development Centre
36 Gordon Square
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7958 8260
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 3073 8303

New approaches towards international development 

60,000 International Development PhD Studentships for 2009

Talented students eager to contribute to international development
research are invited to apply to leading colleges in London for
scholarships worth more than 60,000 each. Five three-year PhD
Studentships are available and cover a range of specialised areas,
including HIV/AIDS and human rights in sub-Saharan Africa, workforce
migration, and Rift Valley Fever in Senegal. Each project will begin
this autumn and will involve field work abroad. The five
development-related Studentships are part of a larger scheme of 12
annual Studentships offered by The Bloomsbury Colleges - a consortium of
six University of London colleges. 

Successful applicants on the joint PhD programmes will study at two of
the Bloomsbury Colleges (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. 

Funding for the Studentships, including tuition fees and a stipend, is
provided by The Bloomsbury Colleges* consortium. Field costs totalling
29,000 across the five development-related Studentships are provided by
the London International Development Centre (LIDC) - a collaborative
initiative which brings together social and natural scientists. The
total value of each of the development Studentships is more than

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

The role of professional education and training in workforce migration
Professor Richard Smith, London School of Hygiene and Tropical
Medicine, Dr Moses Oketch, Institute of Education, and Professor
Felicity Smith, The School of Pharmacy
Read more at:

Rift Valley Fever: a mathematical and spatial modelling approach to
understanding disease dynamics
Professor Dirk Pfeiffer, Royal Veterinary College, and Dr Richard
White, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
Read more at:

Assessing the role of structural drivers in the HIV/AIDS pandemic: A
Tanzanian case study of the link between socio-economic indicators and
prevalence patterns
Dr Deborah Johnston, School of Oriental and African Studies, and Dr
Justin Parkhurst, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
Read more at:

HIV and AIDS, Human Rights and Development in sub-Saharan Africa
Dr Michael Jennings, School of Oriental and African Studies, and Dr
Matthew Weait, Birkbeck
Read more at:

Aristolochia (snakeroot) - toxicological risk assessment using a
biosystematic and phytochemical-analytical approach
Professor Michael Heinrich, The School of Pharmacy, and Dr Martin
Ingrouille, Birkbeck
Read more at:

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 and to apply for a Studentship visit
www.bloomsbury.ac.uk/studentships , or contact The Bloomsbury
Colleges* facilitator Terry Bishop: +44 (0) 7974 684162 , 
[log in to unmask] .The deadline for applications is 25
February 2009. The Studentships cover the cost of UK/EU tuition fees and
a maintenance stipend. Applications are welcome from students of all

Notes to editors
*	The Bloomsbury Colleges* consortium was set up in 2004 and
consists of the following six colleges of the University of London:
Birkbeck, the Institute of Education, the London School of Hygiene and
Tropical Medicine, the Royal Veterinary College, the School of Oriental
and African Studies, and The School of Pharmacy. The aim of the
consortium is to collaborate in academic and administrative matters so
as to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort and to gain the benefits
of critical mass while maintaining the independence to pursue specialist
missions. The physical proximity of the colleges is a key factor in
facilitating contact.

*	The London International Development Centre (LIDC) is the first
major intellectual project to emerge from the cross-college
collaboration fostered by The Bloomsbury Colleges* consortium. LIDC
was established in 2007 with start-up funding from the Higher Education
Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to undertake original
interdisciplinary research and training to tackle complex problems in
international development. It brings together social and natural
scientists from across the colleges making up The Bloomsbury Colleges
consortium to pursue this goal. LIDC aims to:

o	Develop high quality interdisciplinary research between the
colleges and other partners
o	Develop new and innovative teaching programmes to support
development goals
o	Inform national and international policies on development
through linking research, policy and practice
o	Build capacity in low- and middle-income countries to address
the needs of higher education and research institutions, NGOs and

*	For further information about the PhD Studentships and The
Bloomsbury Colleges* consortium visit www.bloomsbury.ac.uk  or contact
The Bloomsbury Colleges* facilitator Terry Bishop: +44 (0) 7974 684162
,  [log in to unmask] . 

*	For further information about the London International
Development Centre (LIDC) visit www.lidc.org.uk or contact LIDC*s
Communications Officer Guy Collender: +44 (0) 20 7958 8260 ,
[log in to unmask] .