Every year, the Open University announces several opportunities to apply for PhD and EdD studentships. These grants typically cover any study fees, provide a monthly tax-free bursary, and on top of that a research training grant. If you are interested in Educational Technology, there are currently two good opportunities for you to apply for a studentship:
The first one is for studentships starting in October 2021. The closing date is end of January 2021. Have a look especially at the topic of learning analytics. For all the details, see http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/phd-studentships-faculty-wellbeing-education-and-language-studies-open-universitywels-0.
The second opportunity is a ESRC funded Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship. The deadline for applications is the 12th of January 2021. Have a look especially at topic 4: Pathway 4. Innovation in Learning: http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/esrc-funded-grand-union-doctoral-training-partnership-studentships-resphd-studentships.
You will see that the studentships stretch over many research areas, so there is plenty to choose from. At the Institute of Educational Technology, my line or research is mostly associated with educational technology, technology enhanced learning, and learning analytics. On my institutional website, you can find more information about the topics that I am currently interested in to supervise: http://qone.eu/ullmann. If you have any specific questions about my research interests, please get in contact with me. For general questions about the studentships, please follow up with the respective contact person mentioned with each application.
My institute has also further information about our PhD and EdD programme. Have a look here: https://iet.open.ac.uk/study. And have a look at the information provided by the Open University: http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/how-to-apply (the research area link on that website leads to more information about technology-enhanced learning: http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/research-areas/educational-technology).