Faculty of Biological Sciences

There will be a number of funded opportunities available from November 2016; most PhDs will start in October 2017.

Project Overview


 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 13th January 2017. However if you have also applied to our Wellcome Trust scheme we already have your references so you do not need to contact them again 

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

Projects available this year.

The White Rose DTP

5th Jan 2017 (midnight UK time)

 China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds

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 2017/18 for study in any Faculty at the University of Leeds.


 6th Jan 2017

Neural Circuit Function in the Olfactory Bulb

Dr Jamie Johnston

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates


Apply online

Open until candidate appointed.

Conservation decisions to manage range shifts and climate change in marine environments

Dr Maria Beger, Prof. Keith Hamer, Prof. Piers Forster

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates


Apply online

5th Jan 2017

 Effects of zinc oxide on the pig gut microbiome and performance

BBSRC Ind. CASE studentship with Prof. Helen Miller and Dr Kenny McDowall. UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.


Apply online

25th Oct 2016

PhD studentships in Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes, funded by the British Heart Foundation

Four funded PhD studentships for UK/EU candidates, with the possibility of appointing one outstanding non-EU international student. 

Details of projects

How to apply

3rd Jan 2017

 Endowed Research Scholarships

Fees at UK/EU level plus stipend of £12k per year for 3 years. 

The following scholarships are available:

  • Emma and Leslie Reid (1 award; research into diseases of the heart or brain)
  • Frank Parkinson (1 award; any research area; candidates must be born of British parents who have lived in Yorkshire for at least 10 years)
  • Frank Stell (1 award; research into Biology or Agricultural sciences; candidates must be resident or have parent/s resident within the former administrative area of the West Riding of Yorkshire)
  • Mary and Alice Smith (1 award; research into prevention or cure of cancer or heart disease; candidates must be British citizens and unmarried)

Full details and how to apply

1st June 2017 (5pm)

The molecular, structural and cellular biology of Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever virus and other nairoviruses

Dr John Barr Funded PhD project with Public Health England.  UK/EU candidates only.


 now closed

Characterization of WHIRLY1 functions in cereal crops

Prof. Christine Foyer and Dr Chris West BBSRC Ind. CASE studentship.  UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.


 now closed

 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