We have a fully funded PhD studentship commencing in 2023 (or early 2024) exploring interventions to mitigate the risk of type 2 diabetes following pregnancy in people who have had gestational diabetes.


Gestational diabetes (GDM) is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. GDM increases adverse perinatal health outcomes for mother and infant. However, it has also
become clear that there are also longer-term implications, including a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Targeting people who recently developed GDM during the postpartum period offers an ideal opportunity to help mitigate the risk for individuals of developing type 2 diabetes.

This studentship will be supervised by Dr Nerys Astbury and Prof Susan Jebb and aims to explore the relationship between gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes and ultimately to develop and conduct feasibility testing of an intervention aimed at mitigating the risk for future development of type 2 diabetes in people who have history of GDM.


Funded by Diabetes UK for 3 years starting October 2023 or January 2024. Funding will cover tuition fees for UK students (at Home rate only) and a stipend of £19,668 pa as well as a research and training allowance which will cover reasonable research and training costs.


These studentships are only available to home fee status students and can only be taken on
a full-time basis to be based in Oxford.

This studentship is suitable for those with background in nutrition, psychology, epidemiology, or any other relevant subject area. Applicants must hold a relevant undergraduate degree with minimum 2:1 classification (or equivalent) as well as a masters’ degree in a suitable subject area. Some research experience is also desirable.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Tuesday 29th August BST. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 6th September and will be held virtually.

To make an application please supply an up to date CV and a cover letter (2 pages max) explaining:
i) Why you want to do a PhD/DPhil
ii) How your education, qualifications, experience and interests make you a suitable candidate for the advertised studentship

Email applications to jeanette.allsworth@phc.ox.ac.uk with the subject DPhil Studentship application.

Informal queries should be directed in the first instance to nerys.astbury@phc.ox.ac.uk

The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Science (NDPCHS) has been one of the world’s most important primary care centres for over 20 years, leading world-class research
and training to rethink the way healthcare is delivered in general practice and other primary care settings, both across the UK and globally.

As a DPhil student we offer you a supportive environment for research training and enhancement of your academic experience. We have supervisors who are world leaders in their disciplines, yet are prepared to be challenged by new ideas and thoughts. The DPhil student body is cohesive and welcoming and encourages both academic and social interaction. You will have many opportunities during your time in Oxford which will shape your future life.

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