The University of Sheffield welcomes applications from qualified applicants for the Professor David Locker Scholarship award in Social Science, Oral Health and Dentistry in the United Kingdom for the 2021/2022 school year.
The Professor David Locker Scholarship award was created in 2016 as a permanent bequest thanks to a substantial donation from the estate of the late Professor David Locker. Professor David Locker concluded his degree program in Dentistry at the University of Sheffield in 1971. He acquired his BDS (Distinction) from Charles Clifford Dental School Sheffield in 1971 prior to obtaining a Postgraduate Diploma qualification in Health Services Management in Leeds one year after then.
He went on to learn Sociology at the University of Kent where he concluded a Postgraduate Diploma and later a PhD in 1975. From the beginning, he had a keen interest in research that infringed disciplinary boundaries writing his PhD on disability in 1983 and a subsequent book on social and behavioural sciences in dentistry. He began his profession as Lecturer in Social Science at St. Thomas’ Hospital Medical School but later on, he was elected as an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Dentistry in the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto.
He later on became a Professor at the department in 1990 and was the Director of the Community Dental Health Services Research Unit in 1991. He later on became Associate Dean for Graduate and Postgraduate Studies in 2003. He also served as a Visiting Professor at the Turner Dental School, Manchester and Guys Hospital Dental School, King’s College London from 2000 and at the Peninsular Dental School from 2007.In his subsequent career, Professor Locker kept strong connections with The University of Sheffield, working with contemporaries at the Unit of Dental Public Health.
Professor Locker’s desire was for Applied Social Science and Dental Public Health. He was of the opinion that good quality functional social science and dental public health would impact a difference in the lives of patients and to oral health care generally. He worked diligently with associates at the University of Sheffield and created a very deep connection with the University. After his demise, he donated a sum of money that he specified to be used to support foreign students looking to carry out social science research in the area of oral health and dental public health.
Worth of Professor David Locker Scholarship at University of Sheffield
To mark the 10th Anniversary of Professor David Locker’s demise, there are three scholarship awards obtainable this year of £7,500 each.
Eligibility for Professor David Locker Scholarship at University of Sheffield
- Preference will be afforded to exceptional applicants who are citizens or resident in Low and Lower Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).
- Candidates with a background in social science and/or dentistry who will be/are already enrolled on the Masters program in Dental Public Health course at the school for the 2021/22 school session are also qualified.
How to Apply for Professor David Locker Scholarship at University of Sheffield
- Please get on touch with Professor Sarah Baker, Head, Unit of Oral Health, Dentistry and Society ([email protected]).
- Application should comprise a CV and a covering letter.
- The letter must detail the oral health requirements in your nation and the role dental public health could play in advancing the oral health of the population. It must be written in at most 1,000 words.
- This must be mailed to the Professor David Locker Scholarship Committee through Professor Sarah Baker ([email protected]).
Interviews: Virtual interviews will take place with members of the Professor David Locker Scholarship Panel which includes the Head of the Unit of Oral Health, Dentistry and Society, the Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses, the Course Director, Dental Public Health in association with other colleagues based on availability.
The application will end on Saturday, May 1, 2021 (5 pm UK time).
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