Funding

PhD Studentships covering fees and a tax-free stipend are available through the Department in all research areas, funded by UK research councils, ERC, Wellcome Trust, and other bodies.  Please check our Research web pages for information on funding opportunities in each of our research groups.

STFC studentships

The Department offers a limited number of STFC studentships in experimental particle physics, cosmology and space physics which are awarded on a competitive basis. (Full awards are available to UK applicants only). If you wish to be considered, we encourage you to submit your application by the beginning of February. Please mention in your personal statement or in the funding section if you wish to be considered for STFC funding. If non-EU applicants hope for financial support, the opportunities are increased if applications are received by the end of the year.

EPSRC DTG studentships

The Department offers a few highly competitive EPSRC studentships for prospective PhD students (available to UK applicants only). If you wish to be considered, we strongly encourage you to submit your application before June 1st. Please mention in your application that you wish to be considered for an EPSRC studentship in your personal statement or under the funding section. All eligible applicants holding offers before the closing date will be considered.

Faculty studentships

The Department competes annually for Faculty PhD Studentships announced around January. The studentships are open to all applicants (UK, EU and OS) and awarded on a basis of academic excellence and research potential. All applicants who have offers before the deadline will be considered for this funding. The funding may be given to an academic member of staff who will then advertise the position.

Doctoral Training Centres in Graphene and Space Weather

Opportunities are also available in graphene research via the Nownano Doctoral Training Centre and in Space Weather via the Envision Doctoral Training Centre. Applications should be made directly via these training centres.

Industry-focused funded PhDs

There are also funded industry-focused PhDs for 2016/17 or 2017/18 entry with a £15,000 stipend available. Read more and apply now.


Please note that we can consider applications at other times, but the funding opportunities are more limited. Information on other studentships and bursaries can be found on the Postgraduate study pages. All studentships are allocated competitively.