Nepal Injury Research Centre: PhD studentship on Safer Public Transport 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. This is a distance learning course that will require the applicants to attend Kathmandu Medical College for the length of the course.

Ref: 2223-APR- CHSS- KMC2

The expected start date of this studentship is 01 April 2023.

The closing date for applications is 02 January 2023.

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 ownership of the factors underpinning policy and practice failings in relation to safety, and the development and implementation of agreed and coordinated action.

The student will: (1) review the international literature on road traffic collisions involving buses to identify risk factors affecting the safety of bus passengers and drivers; (2) collect primary data from users to capture experiences and concerns regarding bus provision and from key informants to develop a process map that describes the current state of bus operations relating to safety; (3) develop a consensus on methods to reduce risk; and (4) prepare a ‘safer system for public transport’ guide for stakeholders, with recommendations for local, provincial, and national government, and operators.

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 at and Professor Julie Mytton in the UK at


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- KMC2.

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:

  • contribute to the literature through developing conceptual understanding about the application/relevance of the safe systems approach in the Nepali context
  • innovate in respect of research methods relevant for understanding transport and travel behaviours in Nepal
  • collect relevant and impactful empirical data for policymaking.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 02 January 2023.

Further information

It is expected that interviews will take place in January 2023 in the afternoon or early evening Nepal time. If you have not heard from us by 15 January, we thank you for your application, but on this occasion you have not been successful.

This is a distance learning course that will require the applicants to attend Kathmandu Medical College for the length of the course.

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