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 eight cohorts of students. EASTBIO has recently 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 locally in autumn 2020.

EASTBIO PhD Project Call for 2021 BBSRC EASTBIO Studentships
EASTBIO Collaborative Studentship Gudance for Industry

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, 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 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 after having met the candidate and consider their suitability for the project and fit to the EASTBIO programme. If you would like to consult an applicant's references, please note that we have requested applicants to use the EASTBIO Reference form.

In proposing a project, supervisors are commiting to actively support their student’s development and wellbing. They are also committing to attend the EASTBIO Induction (online, 7-8 October 2020) and Annual Research Symposia (Edinburgh, 3-4 June 2021), 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, please email the EASTBIO academic representative at your local institution or EASTBIO if you have any questions about the recruitment process.