Apply for a funded PhD position

We offer a range of PhDs funded by different sources, such as research councils, industries or charities.

As a PhD student, you will become a valued member of a research group. Here you will work with internationally respected academics, post-doctoral research associates and technicians.

To apply for a funded PhD, please read the advertised project information carefully as requirements will vary between funders. The project information will include details of funding eligibility, application deadline dates and links to application forms. We will only consider applicants who have a relevant background and meet the funding criteria.

Current PhD Opportunities

  • 4-year PhD Studentship in Energy Storage Materials

    A fully-funded 4-year PhD studentship in the area of energy storage materials is available under the joint supervision of Dr Nuria Tapia-Ruiz and Dr John Griffin in the Department of Chemistry, Lancaster University. The position is funded by Lancaster University and will be linked to the Faraday Institution FutureCat project for development of lithium ion battery cathode materials (

     The intended project start date is October 2020, but can be earlier depending on the availability of suitable applicants.

    The project will focus on development and characterisation of next-generation materials for lithium-ion batteries with improved performance in terms of capacity, safety and lifetime. During this project, you will be trained in core practical techniques in battery materials synthesis with particular emphasis on solid-state NMR and electrochemical characterisation. You will have the opportunity to further your knowledge through regular group meetings and seminars with other group members with experience in these areas. You will have access to brand new facilities and equipment, including a brand-new chemistry laboratory with cutting-edge battery equipment and departmental facilities such as solid-state NMR, X-ray diffraction suite, AFM and others.


    Applicants will hold, or expect to receive, a 1st class or 2:1 UK Masters-level or BSc degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong interest in energy storage, enthusiasm to work in a laboratory environment, willingness to learn, a collaborative attitude, and will possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

    Applications will be accepted until June 2020 but the position may be filled earlier than this if a suitable applicant is found.

    How to apply

    We encourage informal e-mail enquiries before submitting an application to Dr Nuria Tapia-Ruiz ( or Dr John Griffin ( Applications should be made via Lancaster University’s online application system ( Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, and the position may be filled when a suitable candidate has been identified. Please indicate on your application that you are applying for this funded PhD project. 

    About Lancaster University

    The Department of Chemistry at Lancaster University provides a research environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each student, and promotes a healthy work-life balance. We are committed to the Athena Swan Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. Our commitment to these principles is reflected in our recent receipt of an Athena Swan Bronze Award. The Department of Chemistry also operates an informal PhD peer-peer mentor scheme available to all students. 

    Funding details

    The studentships will cover fees at the UK/EU rate plus the standard maintenance stipend (£15,009 for 2019/20).

How the application process works

  1. Select the project you wish to apply for. You can make informal enquiries to the project supervisors if you want to. Please ensure that you check the application deadline dates and eligibility criteria.
  2. Complete your application by following the links to the application form. At this stage, you can apply for more than one advertised project if you wish.
  3. After the closing date, we will consider all applications and invite shortlisted candidates for an interview. Interviews can be held in person, or by Skype or telephone. The timescale for this will vary but is in the region of 4 weeks.
  4. If you are successful at interview for the studentship, you will be invited to apply via the admissions portal online. This will ensure that you receive a formal offer of admission. Please submit one application only, and state the studentship that you have applied for in the source of funding section.
  5. Once we have made a formal offer, you will need to check the conditions in your offer letter and supply any outstanding documents by the required deadlines. If your offer is unconditional, then this will not apply to you.