How to apply

Recruitment 2018

EASTBIO is inviting applications for PhD studentships for a start in Autumn 2018.

NOW CLOSED - The applications deadline was Monday 11 December 2017 (extended from the 4 December).

We hope to notify all applicants who have been nominated by the supervisor(s) of the EASTBIO project(s) they have applied for in the week beginning 15 January 2018. Applicants who were not nominated are asked to contact the admission team of the individual institution they have applied to regarding the outcome of their application.


Before you apply, please read carefully the information below. Email EASTBIO if you have further queries.

General information on how to apply

Applications for EASTBIO studentships are invited from excellent UK* students for projects available across our four partner institutions. To be eligible, you must either have or expect to obtain a 1st or a 2.1 undergraduate degree and fulfill the residency criteria. For further details on student eligibility, please check here (esp. pages 5-6 & Annex 1).

To apply for an EASTBIO studentship, follow the instructions below:

1) Check the EASTBIO website for available projects and contact potential supervisors (please note that the first name mentioned in the project description is the lead supervisor).

2) After you have discussed the project(s) of interest to you with the project supervisor(s), download and fill in the EASTBIO Application Form. 

3) Use the links listed below to apply to the institution(s) hosting the project(s) of your choice. Submit the EASTBIO Application Form together with your online application.

If you are interested in several projects which are hosted by different institutions, you will need to submit a separate application (including the EASTBIO Application form) to each host institution.

Links to application pages of universities hosting EASTBIO projects:

University of Aberdeen: Application link

University of Dundee

University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences

University of Edinburgh School of Chemistry

University of Edinburgh College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine & The Roslin Institute 

[Please check the affiliation of the first/lead supervisor and apply through the appropriate link.]

University of St Andrews

If shortlisted by the EASTBIO selection committee, you will be invited to attend an interview and we will then contact your referees for their references. For that purpose, please fill in the EASTBIO Reference Form. It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees are committed to send their references when asked by the EASTBIO administrator/s and/or the institution you have applied to.

The EASTBIO interviews will be held in the week beginning 29 January 2018, as follows:

Agriculture & Food Security: Aberdeen, 29 & 30 January
Bioscience for Health: Dundee, 30 & 31 January
Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy/ CASE: St Andrews, 31 January
World Class Underpinning Bioscience: Edinburgh, King's Buildings, 29 & 30 January; 1 & 2 February

* Some EU applicants may be eligible, if you meet Research Council residency criteria.