Funding opportunities within EASTBIO

We fund PhD Studentships in Bioscience

Since 2012 EASTBIO DTP has recruited six cohorts of students with core funding from the BBSRC coupled with additional funding from each of the four partner universities.

If you are interested in PhD studentships...

How it works:
for students interested in a PhD studentship
for academics interested in submitting a PhD project

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 four 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, you will have to look at the available projects on this page, searchable by 'Research Theme' and 'Partner Institution'. Each project proposed by one or two supervisors, based at a partner university, outlines its central hypothesis, methodology and aims.

How it works:

  • looking for available EASTBIO research projects
  • applying for a studentship [please note that we are currently updating the information pages]

If you are a supervisor...

General information to PIs:

If you are a prospective EASTBIO supervisor based in one of the partner institutions, please submit your PhD project proposal as instructed in the Call for projects circulated by the EASTBIO Management Group locally.

Your project must be within BBSRC remit, and you will need to identify which of our research themes you would like your student to be part of. We are very keen to encourage projects which are interdisiplinary or collaborations between supervisors across the partnership or with industry involvement. Projects must be focused on providing an excellent training opportunity and have a realistic timeframe for completion within around 36 months (this allows time for the student to undertake required training, complete a compulsory non-academic internship, and to write up the final thesis).

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

In proposing a project, the supervisors are committing to actively support their student’s development as outlined above. They are also committing to attend the EASTBIO Induction (Dundee, early October) and Annual Symposia (early June), as well as participate in the provision of training in the BBSRC strategic priority area (thematic group training), to which their student’s project is aligned.

Please email EASTBIO if you have any questions about the call.

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