Funding opportunities within EASTBIO

We fund PhD Studentships in Bioscience

Since 2012, following two separate rounds of funding from UKRI BBSRC (DTP1 & DTP2), EASTBIO has recruited ten cohorts of students. EASTBIO has secured renewed funding from UKRI BBSRC to continue funding PhD studentships from 2020 to 2025. Additional funding will be drawn from across the partnership and industry to create annual cohort of over 60 students per year.

If you are interested in PhD studentships...

How it works:

If you are a student...

EASTBIO studentships are awarded on the basis of specific PhD projects advertised in the autumn of each year. These projects are mapped on the BBSRC priority areas and on the basis of the quotas allocated to each partner university, as they reflect each university's research strengths.

Before you apply for an EASTBIO studentship, read carefully our guidance on how to apply.

If you are a supervisor...

If you are a prospective EASTBIO supervisor based in one of the EASTBIO partner institutions, please submit your PhD project proposal as instructed in the Project Call, below, and circulated by the EASTBIO Management Group across the partnership in autumn 2021.

EASTBIO PhD Project Call for 2022 BBSRC EASTBIO Studentships
EASTBIO Collaborative Studentship Guidance for Industry
UKRI BBSRC Collaborative Projects information
UKRI BBSRC Collaborative Projects FAQs

Your project must be within the BBSRC remit, and align with one of the BBSRC priority areas. We are very keen to encourage projects which are interdisciplinary, collaborations between supervisors across the partnership or with industry involvement. Projects must provide an excellent training opportunity and have a realistic timeframe for completion (this allows time for the student to undertake required EASTBIO training, complete a compulsory non-academic internship - PIPS or industrial placement - and to write up the final thesis).

Please note: Supervisors may not lead an EASTBIO studentship project in two consecutive years.

If you wish to nominate an applicant for your PhD project, you should complete and submit a brief Support Statement (including guidance) after having met the candidate and consider their suitability for the project and fit to the EASTBIO programme. If you would like to consult applicants' references, please note that we have requested applicants to use the EASTBIO Reference form.

In proposing a project, supervisors are committed to actively support their student’s professional development and wellbeing. They are also committed to attending the EASTBIO Induction (online, 11-12 October 2021) and Annual Research Symposium (Edinburgh, 9-10 June 2022), and to participate in the provision of training in the BBSRC strategic priority areas (thematic group training) to which their student’s project is aligned.

If you have further questions on the PhD Project Call or our recruitment, please email the EASTBIO academic representative at your local institution or EASTBIO.