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PhD Studentship on Improving the care of road traffic injury victims in Nepal

by Public Health Update


University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol invites application for the “Nepal Injury Research Centre: PhD studentship on Improving the care of road traffic injury victims in Nepal”

A full-time PhD studentship with the College of Health, Science and Society, UWE Bristol, funded by an award from the UK National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), for Nepali nationals who are resident in Nepal. 
Ref: 2223-APR- CHSS- KMC3
The expected start date of this studentship is 01 April 2023.
The closing date for applications is 11 December 2022.

Studentship details

The aim of the programme of research is to reduce road deaths and injuries in Nepal. We will apply a ‘safe systems’ approach, the most effective way to reduce road traffic injuries and deaths. It requires cross-sectoral co-operation to identify current processes for the handover of road traffic injury (RTI) patients from prehospital care staff to hospital staff, and the subsequent development and implementation of agreed new handover systems. 

The student will: (1) review the international literature on the handover of RTI patients from prehospital care staff to hospital staff; (2) conduct baseline studies to determine current practice in the handover process; (3) develop, with stakeholders, an improved RTI patient handover process; (4) prepare dissemination materials, training materials and recommendations for wider roll out.

This is a distance learning studentship. The successful applicant will be registered for their degree at UWE Bristol but spend most of their time in Nepal, conducting field work, analysing data, and preparing their thesis. Students will spend a maximum of 9 months in the UK, spread across the three years. Time spent in the UK will be primarily to undertake taught causes and complete doctoral review processes.

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Professor Sunil Kumar Joshi in Nepal ([email protected]) and Professor Julie Mytton in the UK ([email protected]).


The studentship is available from 01 April 2023 until 31 October 2026, subject to satisfactory progress. It includes a UK stipend for periods spent in the UK at £1297/month, and a Nepali stipend for the remainder of the studentship, which is starts at 125,000NRs/month. In addition, tuition fees and research costs will be covered, and a travel and study allowance included. The studentship is funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research. 

Please note: This is only open to Nepali nationals who are residents in Nepal.


Candidates must have a post-graduate qualification (Masters or higher) in a relevant subject, demonstrating a sound knowledge of research methods and social or political science.

They will be a Nepali national, fluent in written and spoken Nepali.

They will have excellent spoken and written English language skills as evidenced by an IELTS score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or equivalent assessment method).

How to apply

Please submit your application online.

Applications can only be accepted via the UWE Graduate School online submission process. When prompted use the reference number 2223-APR- CHSS- KMC3. 

Supporting documentation: you will need to upload a copy of your CV, your degree certificates and transcripts (translated if required), evidence of your IELTS score, and a 1000-word outline proposal explaining how you plan to:

  • Conduct the literature review of road safety policies and programmes in Nepal providing pros and cons for each approach discussed 
  • Discuss methods which you would employ to understand the context in which road safety interventions are formulated and operate
  • Discuss the methods which you would employ to test the applicability of the policy toolkit which will be an output of the above activities

Closing date: The closing date for applications is 11 December 2022.

Further information

It is expected that interviews will take place on 6 January 2023 in the afternoon / early evening Nepal time. If you have not heard from us by Friday 23 December 2022, we thank you for your application, but on this occasion you have not been successful.

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