University Funding

University Research Studentship Award (URSA)

Studentships are available for predefined research projects across the Faculty. Browse our FindAPhD feed for current opportunities. Some funding may also be available for excellent candidates who obtain an offer of a place for a project of their own.

Studentship value: Awards may be for three or three and a half years and may take the form of a full studentship or a fee reduction.

A full studentship would include: - UK/EU tuition fees - Training Support fee of £1,000 per annum - Maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)

Scheme opens: TBA.

Funds will be allocated in a Faculty-wide competition which will have two rounds:

Round 1

Application deadline: Closed

Studentship awards announced: mid-January 2019

Round 2

Application deadline: Closed.

Studentship awards announced: mid/late-March 2019.

Evolution Education Trust PhD Studentships

The Evolution Education Trust supports fundamental research in the fields of evolutionary biology and genetics, as well as research into how best to deliver evolution teaching and outreach. Funded PhD positions are available at the Milner Centre for Evolution, a unique, cross-faculty research centre bridging biology, health and education at the University of Bath. These studentships will EITHER focus on fundamental evolutionary research (but will include an outreach component), OR will focus entirely on education and outreach with respect to any aspect of evolutionary science.

Applications are invited from candidates who have, or who expect to obtain, first or upper second class honours (or equivalent) in a relevant undergraduate degree.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)
  • generous budget for research expenses and outreach activities

Scheme opens: TBA.

Scheme closes: Closed.

Find out more about the Evolution Education Trust PhD studentships and how to apply.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher (3-year PhD)

Positions are available in computational and theoretical photonics.

We are pleased to advertise two early-stage researcher positions to begin between 18 March 2019 and 31 July 2019, as a part of the Innovative Training Network of the European Commission MICROCOMB 'Applications and Fundamentals of Microresonator Frequency Combs'.

These are fully-funded contracts of employment, with a requirement that successful candidates register for a PhD.

Starting salary: £32,750 (inclusive of pension)/£37,750 (exclusive of pension).

Mobility annual payment: £4,866.84.

Family annual payment: £2,077.25 (if eligible).

Closing date: Sunday 31 March 2019.

Find out more about the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher positions and how to apply.

All candidates must complete an application for a PhD in Physics (full-time) by the same closing date.

Find further information about the consortium at Euraxess.

Research Council Funding

The Research Councils include The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). They award funding for Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs).

To be eligible for a full award (fees and stipend) from a Research Council, a UK or EU student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. For full details on eligibility, please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Research Council Training Grants.

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI (ART-AI)

Applications are invited from candidates who have, or who expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Your undergraduate degree should normally be in computer science, engineering, social sciences, policy research, psychology, or a related subject. You will also need either to have taken a mathematics course at university or have at least grade B in A level mathematics or international equivalent.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens

Scheme opens: Open now.
Scheme closes: 1 April 2019. Applications received after this deadline will be considered only if spaces are available.

Find out more about ART-AI and a list of available projects.

EPSRC DTP Studentships

These are flexible awards to support doctoral training in any areas of engineering and the physical sciences with relevance to the EPSRC remit.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • training support fee £1,000 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)

Scheme opens: Open now.
Scheme closes: To be confirmed.

Applications received after 27 January will be considered subject to funding availability.

Browse our FindAPhD feed for advertised projects.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science (CAS)

The CDT invites applications from candidates who aspire to work in a multidisciplinary field and who have an undergraduate background in any of the following areas: chemistry, physics, biological sciences, life and medical sciences, mathematics and computer science, chemical and mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical and environmental sciences. Depending on the subject area, applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class MSci or BSc honours degree, or equivalent, in an area of physical science, engineering or biological science.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)

Scheme opens: Open now

The first recruitment and assessment day will be held in Bristol on Wednesday 3 April.

After 3 April, applications will be accepted and assessments conducted subject to remaining availability of studentships.

Find out more about CAS.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS)

Applications are invited from candidates who have, or who expect to obtain, a first or upper second class Bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent in the range of disciplines covered by this CDT. See the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS) for more information.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)
  • training support fund (£1000/year)

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens.

Scheme opens: Open now.

Contact aapscdt@bath.ac.uk with your expression of interest. You should include a two-page CV, 250 word personal statement and scans of transcripts.

Scheme closes: Three deadlines for applications for September 2019 start: 31st March 2019, 31st May 2019 and 31st July 2019.

Find out more about the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS) and how to apply for the studentships.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies Studentship

Applications are invited from candidates who have, or who expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) and have a strong interest in Sustainable Chemical Technologies.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • Maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens only. Overseas applicants will not be considered for the programme unless able to self-fund.

Scheme opens: Open now.

Scheme closes: To be confirmed.

Find out more about the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies and how to apply.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics: Science & Engineering (WISE)

Applications are accepted from a field of Engineering and Science.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)

EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only.

Scheme opens: Contact cdt-wise-admin@exeter.ac.uk

Scheme closes: To be confirmed

Find out more about the Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics: Science & Engineering (WISE) and how to apply for the studentships.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa)

Applications are invited from candidates who have, or who expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics or in a subject with substantial mathematical content.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens. Very limited funding opportunities may be available for academically-excellent Overseas applicants. For further information contact samba@bath.ac.uk.

Scheme opens: Open now.

Scheme closes: 30 June 2019. Early application is recommended as places are competitive.

Find out more about Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa) and how to apply.

BBSRC SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

The BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience to promote innovation in the bioeconomy. The SWBio DTP offers approximately 28 studentships per year across the partnership.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • training support fee £5,000 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)

EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only.

Scheme opens: TBA

Scheme closes: Closed

When the scheme is open you will be able to find out more about BBSRC SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships and how to apply for them.

MRC GW4 Biomed DTP Studentships

The MRC works to improve the health of people in the UK by supporting excellent science and training the very best scientists. The MRC GW4 Biomed DTP is awarding up to 18 studentships with an October 2019 start date, aligned with the themes of Infection, Immunity and Repair; Neuroscience and Mental Health; and Population Health.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)

Scheme opens: TBA

Scheme closes: Closed

When the scheme is open you will be able to find out more about the MRC GW4 BioMed DTP Studentships and how to apply for them.

NERC GW4 FRESH CDT Doctoral Studentships

NERC is the UK's leading public funder of environmental science. The NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Freshwater Biosciences and Sustainability (GW4 FRESH CDT) harnesses scientists from the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter plus world-class research organisations. Studentships are available for defined projects in fields such as atmospheres, oceans and ice, biogeochemical cycles, natural hazards and resources, and water.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • research and training support grant of £8,250
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)

Scheme opens: TBA

Scheme closes: Closed

When the scheme is open you will be able to find out more about the NERC GW4 FRESH CDT Doctoral Studentships and how to apply.

NERC GW4+ DTP Doctoral Studentships

NERC is the UK's leading public funder of environmental science. The NERC GW4+ DTP encompasses the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter alongside six research organisations and 24 associate partners. Studentships are available for defined research projects in earth and environmental sciences.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • research and training support grant of £11,000
  • training budget of £4,000
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)

Scheme opens: TBA

Scheme closes: Closed

When the scheme is open you will be able to find out more about the NERC GW4+ DTP Doctoral Studentships and how to apply for them.