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 Plants, Food and Health

4 year Fully Funded Rotation PhDs

The EDESIA PhD Programme, funded by the Wellcome Trust, offers four year fully funded Rotation PhD opportunities 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.

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.

 Plants, Food and Health

Students on this four-year PhD programme will complete three rotations across EDESIA partner institutions on the Norwich Research Park: the University of East Anglia, the John Innes Centre, the Quadram Institute and the Earlham Institute. 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.


EDESIA: Plants, Food and Health expects to offer 5 studentships to successful candidates for entry in October 2020. Studentships include support for:

  • A generous maintenance stipend, provided over four years, and funded according to the Wellcome stipend scale
  • Tuition fees at Home/EU level - in addition, EDESIA will award up to 2 full studentships a year covering international fees for successful international candidates
  • Research expenses for rotation and PhD project costs
  • Funding for travel, including international collaborations and conferences
  • Funding to support career transitions following the submission of the PhD thesis, within or beyond academia.
 Plants, Food and Health

Apply To Us

The closing date for applications is 13th January 2020 — interviews are expected to take place in February 2020. Please apply here.

Further Information

All opportunities are for October 2020 start. For further information and funding and eligibility information please visit us here.

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