Faculty of Biological Sciences

There will be a number of funded opportunities available from October 2015; most PhDs will start in October 2016.

Project Overview

Expected timeline

 Medical Research Council (MRC) DTP Studentships sessions 2016-17.

Utilising the combined expertise of four world-leading institutions, (Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield) the Discovery Medicine North (DiMeN) partnership will train the next generation of researchers to tackle the major health problems the population is facing.

The partnership will provide up to 24 fully-funded studentships in 2016 across the partnership, focussing on the complementary themes of:

  • Genetic Influences on Health
  • Ageing and Disease
  • Bioinformatics and Personalised Medicine

Projects and how to apply

 Deadline 22nd January 2016

 NERC Ind. CASE: Better Biosecurity to Slow the Spread of Invasive Non Native Species

Dr Alison Dunn (SoB), Dr Claire Quinn (SEE) Trevor Renals (Environment Agency)

NERC Industrial CASE studentship with the Environment Agency: 4-year funded award to include tuition fees (£4,250 for 2016/17), stipend (over £14,000 for 2016/17 but amount to be advised). Eligibility for the award will normally be UK candidates and those EU nationals who meet UK residency criteria.

Further information

Apply online

 Deadline 8th February

 Efflux from bacteria of feedstocks for industrial manufacture

Prof Peter Henderson

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates, in collaboration with Lucite International.   One of the big, global challenges is the sustained manufacture of important products whilst reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Alternative strategies use biological catalysts, i.e. use micro-organisms that are capable of making key chemicals from sugars. Development of cost-competitive bioprocesses for production of such commodity chemicals presents a significant challenge to the chemicals industry.

Send CV with enquiries to p.j.f.henderson@leeds.ac.uk and/or apply through the University web site 

 Deadline 26th February 2016

 BBSRC iCASE studentship: Characterization of WHIRLY1 functions in cereal crops

Prof Christine Foyer

4 year studenthship in partnership with Biogemma, a plant biotechnology company.  The Foyer Group is a leading laboratory working on plant molecular physiology and metabolism. The University of Leeds has state-of-the-art laboratories and extensive facilities for plant maintenance. The student will gain expertise in gene cloning, designing and making gene constructs, transgenic maize and wheat plants, back-crossing, and the biochemical, molecular and physiological analysis of crop plants.

 It brings an stipend enhanced by £2.5k p.a. as a BBSRC CASE award.

Applications are welcomed from UK/EU students with relevant backgrounds (EU students must haved lived in the UK for 3 years to be eligible for full support).

Project details and how to apply

 Deadline 6th January 2016

University Research Scholarship (URS)

Provides 3 years of fees and stipend for 2 UK/EU students in FBS in any research area. 

Further information

 Deadline 11th March 2016

 Frank Parkinson scholarship

Provides 3 years of fees and stipend  for 1 UK candidate (university-wide competition). Beneficiaries under the Fund must be born of British parents who have been domiciled in Yorkshire for a period of not less than ten years.  The years of domicile need not be successive, but must amount to ten in the aggregate.

Further information

 Deadline 1st June 2016

 Frank Stell scholarship 

Provides 3 years of fees and stipend  for 1 UK/EU candidate (university-wide competition). 

Beneficiaries of the awards must be resident or have a parent or parents resident within the former administrative area of the County Council of the West Riding of Yorkshire.  (‘Resident’ usually means having lived in the area for three years immediately prior to application, and living in an area whilst studying does not constitute residence under the terms of this Scholarship).

Further information

 Deadline 1st June 2016