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GambleAware has issued a call for applications from universities and other research institutions in Great Britain to fund three-year PhD studentships. 

The UK charity is offering a total of six grants for 2021/22, with each institution permitted to apply for no more than two PhD studentship grants to award on to selected students. 

The group says that the grants are intended to support its ambition of building knowledge of the lived experience of gambling harms, and are also reflective of its ongoing commitment to “achieve a society where everyone is safe from gambling harm”.  

The grants will be awarded to institutions with a track record of supportive and impactful PhD programmes, as well as evidence of producing research in GambleAware’s priority areas for these grant awards, which are:

• Research on the lived experience of communities impacted by gambling harms. 

• Research on women, minority communities, young people and their relationships with gambling and gambling harms. 

• Research on other communities with protected characteristics, including those in the military, those living with disabilities, minority sexualities and gender identities, and their relationships with gambling and gambling harms. 

Alison Clare, research director at GambleAware, explained: “This PhD grant award will go direct to universities and will help build a detailed knowledge of the experience of gambling harm within specific communities. 

“It will also provide a unique opportunity for PhD students, who are at the start of their careers, to develop an expertise in an emerging field. They will have the chance to complete a thorough, in-depth piece of research over several years which will contribute to building the knowledge and evidence of lived experiences of gambling harms.” 

This comes after GambleAware last week revealed its industry donation figures for April 1 – June 30, 2021, which highlighted that Entain led the way during the time frame with £2m.

The charity revealed that the total amount of money pledged and received during the period as voluntary donations from the gambling industry – excluding regulatory settlements and additional donations – equaled £2.3m.