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4 Year Fully Funded Rotation PhD Opportunities in Plants, Food and Health

4 Year Fully Funded Rotation PhD Opportunities in Plants, Food and Health

The EDESIA PhD programme is funded by Wellcome Trust to advance major aspects of plant-based nutrition and health, from crop to clinic, drawing on the world-class, interdisciplinary research expertise of the Norwich Research Park. The EDESIA: Plants, Food and Health doctoral training programme combines scientific excellence with a commitment to improving the working environment and transition support for trainees.

Nutrition and the reduction in risk of ill health is centre stage globally and food represents one of the greatest health and environmental challenges of the 21st century. The recent EAT-Lancet commission report stressed the urgent need to focus on high plant food diets, calculating that the adoption of such a diet would prevent 11 million deaths per year.

Through a four-year, rotation-based PhD, EDESIA students will have the opportunity to train in a wide range of disciplines across the translational pathway of nutrition research, ranging from plant science and the mechanistic understanding of nutrition, to clinical trials, population-based studies and public health. In year 1 students will complete 3 rotations across EDESIA partner institutions on the Norwich Research Park: UEA, the John Innes Centre, the Quadram Institute and the Earlham Institute, developing their substantive PhD proposal at the end of this first year.


The scholarship is open to home and international applicants. It covers a student stipend to cover living expenses for each year of study (the 2022/23 stipend rate is £19,919) plus university tuition fees and a generous allowance for research consumables/training, travel and funding to support career transitions following the submission of the PhD thesis, within or beyond academia.

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The deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday 30th November 2022. Shortlisted candidates can expect to be interviewed on Wednesday 1st or Thursday 2nd February 2023.

Find out how to apply

Applicant Q&A Sessions

Applicant Question and Answer sessions, run by the Programme Directors, will be held on Zoom:

  1. 19th October 2022 10:00-11:00 AM BST (UTC+01)
  2. 21st October 2022 16.00-17.00 PM BST (UTC+01)
  3. 9th November 2022 10.00-11.00 AM (UTC)
  4. 11th November 2022 16.00-17.00 PM (UTC)
  5. 25th November 2022 16.00-17.00 PM (UTC)

Programme Directors: Prof Ian Clark (UEA School of Biological Sciences) and Prof Cathie Martin, FRS (John Innes Centre). 

Further Information 

For further information about the EDESIA PhD programme, including funding, eligibility, FAQ, student testimonials and links to the Applicant Q&A Sessions please visit our website at:

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