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BBSRC EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership

BBSRC EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership

Call for applications for 2024

  • Would you like to study for a PhD as part of a supportive collaborative partnership in Scotland?
  • Would you like to experience enhanced professional development and training opportunities in new technologies and techniques, industrial collaboration and impact, and public engagement?
  • Would you like to join a vibrant community of bioscience students and supervisors working together on cutting edge research of global importance?


Our training programme is designed to equip our students to compete with the best in the world in their future employment. Watch the short video to find out a bit more about EASTBIO from is community:

About EASTBIO recruitment

To find out more and apply for a PhD with us, please visit:

Application Deadline: 27 November 2023

Our PhD projects focus on the following key areas, mapped onto BBSRC strategic research priorities:

  • Clean Growth
  • Crops and Soil
  • Health
  • Livestock & Aquaculture
  • Transformative Technologies
  • Understanding the Rules of Life
BBSRC EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership

EASTBIO DTP offers a minimum of 50 fully funded 4-year UKRI BBSRC studentships in Biosciences to start in autumn 2023, up to 30% of which will be available to international students. EASTBIO studentships include a UKRI doctoral stipend (£18,622 in 2023/24), plus a training grant of £5,000 per annum (reduced to £1,500 in year 4) and a travel/conference grant of £230 per year; leftover sums can be used in the following year. Note that although studentships cover UK-level tuition fees only, EASTBIO partner institutions are committed to support international fees. Please note that funding does not include cover for costs such as visa and associated healthcare surcharge for international students. For full eligibility criteria, please refer to the UKRI guidance and Annex B of the UKRI Training Grant Terms and Conditions .

Applications are for PhD projects advertised across the EASTBIO partnership, based in one of our partner institutions in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Stirling and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). Successful candidates will be first nominated by project supervisors and then shortlisted for an EASTBIO interview – interview panels involve academic representatives from each institution and the Management Group.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at EASTBIO

We embrace the whole-person approach in our recruitment and we are committed to providing an inclusive and supportive training environment, offering a part-time study option and providing on-the-programme support for students with disabilities and caring/family responsibilities.

We strongly encourage applications from a wide variety of backgrounds. We believe that diversity is an essential driver of good science. We aim to address underrepresentation in our pool of home-fees candidates, especially candidates with disabilities; care-experienced, with caring responsibilities or first generation in higher education; aged 30 and over.

In the 2024 recruitment round, EASTBIO operates a guaranteed-interview scheme for nominated home-fees Black, Black mixed and Asian students.

EASTBIO will run a number of online Q&A sessions from mid-October 2023 onwards, open to all applicants, to answer questions and offer advice on the application process, criteria, expectations – we will publish the details of these sessions on the above web page.

See all our EASTBIO Projects

Click here to see the EASTBIO projects available.