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

Deadline

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)

Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD Programme - The Molecular Basis of Biological Mechanisms

An opportunity has arisen for seven outstanding research students to join our Wellcome Trust/University of Leeds funded 4-year PhD programme for entry in September 2017.  All students accepted onto the programme receive a Wellcome Trust or University of Leeds funded studentship. For EU and UK students this provides full funding. The Astbury Centre offers one scholarship to cover the additional fees for an International student.

The programme is focussed on important biological questions, and will train students in the wide range of techniques in cell biology, biological chemistry and biophysics that are needed to push back the frontiers in these topical areas. Students accepted onto the programme will have unique opportunities to develop practical skills and a deep understanding of modern techniques, their principles and applications through taught courses in the first year. Students will then undertake a full research project in years 2-4, selecting from the wide range of topics offered by the programme's supervisors, and are able to tailor-make their project of choice.

Full details and how to apply

 5th Jan 2017 (5pm 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.

Details

 6th Jan 2017

Investigating the role of epigenetic control in the putative oncogenic DNA structures in C. elegans and human leukaemia cells

Dr Ron Chen, Dr Edwin Chen, Prof. Ian Hope

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates

Details

Apply online

 31st Jan 2017

Neural Circuit Function in the Olfactory Bulb

Dr Jamie Johnston

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates

Details

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Open until candidate appointed.

Investigating the sustainability of the Catch-Neuter-Release program for the control of stray dog populations

Dr Lisa Collins

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates

Details

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 24th Nov 2016

Strigolactone signalling and control of root system architecture

Dr Tom Bennett

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates

Details

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 5th Jan 2017

Developing and optimising defined tissue culture surfaces for cellular differentiation of muscle

Prof. Michelle Peckham

BBSRC iCASE studentship. UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.

Details

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 16th Jan 2017

Function and pharmacology of human Na+-activated K+ channels in severe forms of epilepsy

Dr Jonathan Lippiat, Dr Steven Clapcote

BBSRC iCASE studentship. UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.

Details

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 5th Jan 2017

Probing the functions of NEK family kinases using allosteric inhibitors

Prof. Richard Bayliss, Prof. Adam Nelson

BBSRC iCASE studentship. UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.

Details

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 5th Jan 2017

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

Details

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5th Jan 2017

Effects of zinc oxide on the pig gut microbiome and performance

Prof. Helen Miller and Dr Kenny McDowall

BBSRC iCASE studentship. UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.

Details

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30th Nov 2016

Impacts of offshore wind farms on populations and demography of gannets: reducing uncertainty in risk assessments

Prof. Keith Hamer and Prof. Tim Benton

NERC Industrial CASE studentship.  UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.

Details

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 19th Jan 2017

Characterisation of X-domains - proteins with likely importance in biomass processing

Dr Glyn Hemsworth

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates

Details

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 6th Feb 2017

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

University Research Scholarship

Two PhD studentships for UK/EU candidates, providing fees and stipend.

Details

How to apply

 10th March 2017 (5pm)

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)

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