How to apply

Recruitment 2022/2023

We have now completed the main round of our recruitment for a PhD start in Autumn 2022. However, we have a limited number of available PhD projects at our partner institutions of Aberdeen, Dundee, Stirling and James Hutton Institute, recruitment for which is run locally.

To apply, please visit the links below to check the available projects and the closing dates for each institution; queries should be address to the local administrative contact provided (fi not, please scroll to the bottom of this page for contact details):

University of Aberdeen

University of Dundee

The University of Stirling advertises the following projects - the list below is arranged by the name of the sponsoring supervisor:
Amaya Albalat
Andrew Desbois
Sean Monaghan

James Hutton Institute

Read carefully the overall guidance for EASTBIO applications in the paragraphs below. We ask interested applicants to complete the forms listed below in order to apply for the projects listed in the links above for each partner institution. Please note that there are different closing dates per institution.


Main Recruitment Round

EASTBIO DTP invites applications for UKRI BBSRC-funded 4-year PhD studentships for PhD projects, including Collaborative projects with non-academic partner organisations, for a start in the autumn of 2022. The available EASTBIO PhD projects are now available across our partner institutions -- Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Stirling, JHI, MRI, SRUC.

Applications are invited from candidates with a minimum of 2.1 undergraduate degree or equivalent. The EASTBIO DTP is committed to recruiting PhD students from a broad and diverse range of backgrounds. We will, therefore, consider both academic and professional experience, knowledge and skills.

Statement from the EASTBIO DTP Management Group
“We understand that our applicants may have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of ways and we are prepared to take such effects into consideration during our recruitment decisions.”

Student eligibility guidance:
UKRI-funded studentships are open to students worldwide and will cover tuition fees at the UK rate, plus a stipend to support living costs and an annual research grant of £5,000 for the first three years of the PhD research. The proportion of international students appointed through the EASTBIO DTP is capped at 30%.  All students must meet the eligibility criteria as outlined in the UKRI guidance on UK, EU and international candidates. This guidance should be read in conjunction with the UKRI Training Grant Terms and Conditions, esp. TGC 5.2 & Annex B.

Default Closing date in December
We encourage early applications and enquiries.

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

1) Check FindAPhD for our available projects and contact potential supervisors before you apply.

2) After you have discussed the projects of interest to you with the project supervisors, download and complete our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion survey and then fill in the EASTBIO Application Form and submit to each institution hosting your proposed projects (max of 3 projects) as per the instructions in the project adverts.

3) Send the EASTBIO Reference Form to your two academic/professional referees, and ask them to complete and submit it as specified on the project adverts. Your referees will need to know the deadline to submit their reference, the institution hosting the project(s) you are applying for and an email for queries.

4) All EASTBIO (online) interviews will be in the first two weeks of February with awards made from the following week onwards.

The EASTBIO team will run a series of 1-hour online sessions in 2021 open to applicants who have queries about the application process. Please join us via Teams between 13:00-14:00 (UK time) on the following dates:
17 November
30 November (replacement of the cancelled 24/11 session due to illness)
1 December
13 December
15 December
5 January ("I have applied. What happens now?" Q&A session)

If you have specific queries about your application, the points of contact per institution are below: