There will be a number of funded opportunities available from November 2017; most PhDs will start in October 2018.

Project Overview

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BBSRC White Rose Doctoral Studentships in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Driven Economy

The White Rose BBSRC DTP is pleased to offer two additional studentships into its 2018 PhD training cohort at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, and York.

Successful candidates will receive funding for 4 years, covering UK/EU fees and research council stipend (£14,777 for 2018-19).

Candidates should have, or be expecting, a 2.1 or above at undergraduate level in a relevant field. If English is not your first language, you will also be required to meet our language entry requirements. EU candidates are subject to RCUK residency requirements. The PhD is to start in Oct 2018.

Projects and more details

 31st May 2018

 Sports and Exercise Science PhD Demonstrator Studentship

We are pleased to announce an additional SES-PhD Demonstrator studentship is now available for entry in October 2018. 

The Faculty of Biological Science is Number 1 in the UK for ‘world-leading’ research in the area of sport and exercise sciences (REF, 2014) and is ranked 3rd in the UK for SES (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018; The Guardian University Guide 2018).  This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a PhD in this area whilst also contributing to the outstanding teaching on our undergraduate courses.  Research in our department incorporates both multi- and inter-disciplinary investigations aimed at improving the understanding of the relationship between physical activity, exercise, health and the predisposition to chronic diseases. Our research uses a contemporary systems-integrative perspective to investigate exercise responses, control mechanisms and exercise adherence. Application and translation spans elite athletes, the elderly, and children as well as patients with chronic heart and lung disease, spinal cord injuries, and motor impairments. 

We are seeking PhD applicants with the necessary skills and proven enthusiasm to undertake demonstrating with our Sports and Exercise Sciences undergraduate cohorts.  The successful candidate will be expected to undertake 120-250 hours of teaching per year alongside their PhD research. You should hold (or be in the final year of) a strong degree, equivalent to at least a UK upper second class honours, in a relevant discipline and should also have an interest in teaching.

The studentship is open to UK or EU candidates and will provide fees at UK/EU level plus a stipend of £14,777 for 4 years (subject to progress). The following projects are available and we would encourage candidates to contact supervisors prior to applying.

Projects:

Cellular mechanisms of detrimental skeletal muscle remodeling induced by cardiac dysfunction – Dr Scott Bowen, Prof. Derek Steele

Physical activity in pediatric palliative care: Investigating the needs and preferences of patients and their families – Dr Shaunna Burke, Dr Andrea Utley

Accelerometer-based gait analysis for quantitative assessment of physical activity outside the laboratory - Dr Graham Askew, Dr Andy Brown, Dr Huw Summers

Age, exercise and cardiac remodeling - investigating cardiac adaptation in both patients and athletes - Dr Matthew Lancaster, Dr Al Benson, Dr Michael Colman

14th June 2018

Studying protein conformation and the role of excipients in drug delivery using mass spectrometry

Prof. Alison Ashcroft, Dr James Ault, Prof. Frank Sobott

BBSRC CTP studentship with Croda, for UK/EU (subject to RCUK residency requirements)

Details

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 30th June 2018

 Medical Research Foundation 4-year National PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance Research

The Medical Research Foundation National PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research is the first nationwide PhD training programme to tackle AMR – one of the greatest emerging threats to global human health.

The fully-funded studentships are available for excellent UK/EU candidates interested in researching the problem of AMR in a cross-disciplinary manner, with backgrounds in either the social sciences, humanities, life sciences, biomedical and veterinary sciences, physical sciences and engineering.

Projects at Leeds:

Active Biosensor Modules for Infection Diagnostics - Prof. Lars Jeuken, Prof. Christoph Walti

Development of biosensor assays for near patient monitoring of antimicrobial blood levels to optimize antimicrobial prescribing - Dr Jonathan Sandoe, Prof. Christoph Walti and Prof. Lars Jeuken

Microfluidic devices for sensing in a clinical environment – Prof. Nikil Kapur, Dr Andrew Kirby, Prof. Christoph Walti

Using real-world data and decision-analytic modelling to inform a target product profile for a novel rapid point-of-care test for Clostridium difficile infection - Dr Bethany Shinkins, Dr Michael Messenger, Prof. Robert West

Apply online - please select PhD in Biological Sciences

 18th May 2018

Preventing virus mediated kidney transplant rejection

Dr Andrew Macdonald, Prof. Neil Ranson, Dr Richard Foster

Kidney Research UK funded PhD studentship for UK/EU candidates

Details

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31st May 2018

Endowed Scholarships

Akroyd and Brown Scholarship: for research degrees in the Faculties of Biological Sciences, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics & Physical Sciences and Medicine & Health.

Emma and Leslie Reid Scholarship: for students wishing to undertake research degree study in connection with diseases of the heart or brain (or kindred diseases).

John Henry Garner Scholarship: for postgraduate research on matters relating to chemical and biological surveys of rivers and streams, pollution prevention and the purification of sewage and trade effluents in the geographical area known as the West Riding of Yorkshire, prior to the boundary changes.

Mary and Alice Smith Memorial Scholarship: for research in the prevention or cure of cancer or heart disease; candidates must be single (unmarried).

Details and how to apply 

1st June 2018

Alumni Bursary

If you are a former student of the University of Leeds and intend to fund your MSc by Research or PhD yourself, you may be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary.

Further information

 

Postgraduate Loan for MSc by Research

A UK governement scheme providing loans of up to £10,000 towards postgraduate study

Further information

 

 MRC DiMeN Doctoral Training Partnership: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science research.

Utilising the combined expertise of four world-leading institutions, the Discovery Medicine North (DiMeN) partnership will train the next generation of researchers to tackle the major health problems facing the population.  We are excited to announce a special call for PhD student applications in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science research.

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 The Gosden PhD Studentship in Plant Science

The Sheila Gosden legacy aims to support students studying plant science through the Gosden endowment. We are looking for exceptional and highly motivated students to pursue a PhD in any area of plant science. We encourage applicants to develop their proposed PhD project areas in conjunction with specific members of academic staff.

The studentship will be supported for four years and is available for Home/EU students only

More information and project areas

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Computational approaches to the neural control of movement

Dr Ioannis Delis

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates.

Details

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 Faculty of Biological Sciences - Faculty Studentships

The Faculty of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce a number of fully-funded PhD studentships to start in Oct 2018, covering academic fees at UK/EU level and providing a stipend at research council rate (£14,777 for 2018-19) for 4 years.  Please apply online, select your course as PhD in Biological Sciences, clearly state which project/supervisor you are interested in and include a CV and transcripts.

The following projects are eligible for funding:

Projects in the School of Biology

Projects in the School of Biomedical Sciences

Projects in the School of Molecular and Celluar Biology

Apply online

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Folding and chaperoning outer membrane proteins: Structural biology guided routes towards new antibiotics

Prof. Sheena Radford

Funded PhD studentship for UK/EU candidates with EOS Belgium

Details

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Identifying and modulating aggregation propensity in bio-pharmaceuticals

Dr David Brockwell, Prof. Sheena Radford

BBSRC DTP Industrial CASE PhD studentship for UK/EU candidates (must have 3 years residency in UK)

Details

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Leeds Doctoral Scholarships

There are a number of fully funded places for 2018 entry, available across all disciplines.

Successful applicants will receive payment to cover their University tuition fees up to three years, along with a maintenance grant matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18).

Available for UK/EU and International

Details and how to apply

 

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Novel plasticity enhancer in chronic spinal cord injury

Dr Jessica Kwok, Dr Ronaldo Ichiyama

Funded PhD studentship for UK/EU candidates with International Spinal Research Trust

Details

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 Understanding the role of allostery in antibiotic resistance

Dr Jennifer Tomlinson, Dr Alex O'Neill

Funded PhD studentship for UK/EU candidates

Details

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Probing the function of RNA methylation through chemical biology

Prof. Richard Bayliss, Prof. Adrian Whitehouse and Prof. Adam Nelson

BBSRC DTP Industrial CASE PhD studentship for UK/EU candidates (must have 3 years residency in UK)

Details

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Impact of plant-microbial symbioses on global biogeochemical cycling and climate through Earth’s history

Dr Katie Field, Dr Benjamin Mills , Dr Sarah Batterman and Prof. Steve Banwart

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates.

Details

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Improving pest management in coffee plantations

Prof. Peter Urwin, Dr James McCarthy (Nestle)

BBSRC DTP Industrial CASE PhD studentship for UK/EU candidates (must have 3 years residency in UK)

Details

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 BBSRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology 

The University of Leeds forms part of the White Rose Universities Doctoral Training Programme. The programme will fund interdisciplinary studentships in three priority areas, Agriculture and Food Security, Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, and World Class Bioscience. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award; European Union applicants will be eligible for tuition fees only, except where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course. Non-UK/EU candidates are not eligible.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the online PhD application. Please do not upload supporting documents.
  2. Complete the White Rose application form and email to fbsgrad@leeds.ac.uk including a CV (including reference contact details) and transcripts if available. 
  3. Forward the reference form to your referees and ask them to return it to us by email as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to request references and ensure we receive them by 17th Jan 2018.

We strongly recommend that you contact potential supervisors to discuss projects before applying.

Available projects

The White Rose DTP

Application guide and FAQs

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Wellcome Trust PhD Programme: The Molecular Basis of Biological Mechanisms

4-year PhD studentships are available for highly motivated students with at least a 2.1 degree in any area of the life or physical sciences, including Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics and related disciplines.

Details

How to apply

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 China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds PhD scholarship

Around 13 China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarships are available for citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China who will be commencing PhD research study from Session 2018/19 for study in any Faculty at the University of Leeds.

Details

Application guide

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Leeds York NERC Doctoral Training Partnership: PhD Training in Environmental Research

Our NERC DTP spans the science of Earth’s atmosphere, geosphere and biosphere. It is hosted by five academic departments at the University of Leeds and one at the University of York, building on a history of bi-lateral and multi-lateral research collaboration. Through high quality research projects and training, we attract excellent postgraduate students into natural environment science research.

Projects

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 British Heart Foundation PhD Programme in Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes

Our unique programme seeks to create a new generation of basic scientists who think differently and go on to be instrumental in transforming understanding and treatment of cardiovascular disease associated with diabetes.

Projects

Details and how to apply

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ViBrANT Innovative Training Network "Viral and Bacterial Adhesin Network Training"

The ViBrANT ITN brings together world-leading European scientists to train 15 PhD students (early stage researchers) in interdisciplinary research into viral and bacterial adhesins.  PhD places with funding are available with partner organisations and universities across Europe.

Details and how to apply

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