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Call for Engineering and Physical Sciences DTP PhD Applicants

Engineering and Physical Sciences Doctoral Training Programme / PhD – Academic Year 2022-23

Type of award: PhD Research Studentship

Scholarship details: Studentship covers full UK PhD tuition fees and a tax-free maintenance allowance

Duration: 3 years

Closing Date for applications: 31st January 2022


We are pleased to announce that the Engineering and Physical Sciences College and EPSRC DTP call for PhD applications is now open.

Our studentship awards aim to identify the best projects and recruit the best students to maintain the pipeline of the vibrant Engineering and Physical Sciences College research community. We aim to attract high calibre PhD candidates who will carry out postgraduate doctoral research that makes a significant contribution to research and knowledge in the relevant discipline.

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Aston University has funding available for a total of 12 fully funded PhD studentships for the Academic Year 2022-23 (from DTP and college funds). Applicants can choose from a number of projects which have been proposed by Aston Academics and Researchers; see list here.

We would particularly like to encourage applications from women seeking to progress their academic careers. Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised recently by a prestigious Silver Award to EPS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive working environment and family atmosphere.


Engineering and Physical Sciences College DTP PhD studentships are fully funded for 3 years. They include a maintenance allowance based on UKRI minimum and Home tuition fees (subject to eligibility). The figures for 2022/23 are yet to be confirmed. For reference, in the 2021/22 academic year, the maintenance allowance was £15,609 and the Home tuition fees were £4,500.

Only limited funding is available for international candidates. Overseas applicants may apply for this studentship but will need to cover the difference between the ‘Home’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees. The difference between ‘Home’ and ‘Overseas’ tuition fees for 2022/23 is yet to be confirmed. For reference, in the 2021/22 academic year, the difference was £13,100.

As part of the application, you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or secured, this additional funding.

Full details of eligibility can be found here. Further guidance on UKRI Eligibility Criteria can be found on the UKRI website.

How to Apply

Projects are listed here. Choose the project that you would like to apply for and contact the lead supervisor for those that particularly interest you. They can often provide further advice and information about the project.

Details of how to submit your application, and the necessary supporting documents can be found here.

Once you have contacted a supervisor, please follow the instructions on How to Apply to submit an application.

When should I apply?

Potential students may apply from now until the 31st Jan 2022. Although we encourage any potential candidates to apply as soon as possible, incomplete applications will not be considered for the studentship and the Graduate School will not pursue applications submitted with missing documents. Similarly, applications received after the closing date will not be considered for the studentship.

Please notice Aston University will be closed from 24th December 2021 to 4th January 2021 and queries will not be dealt with during this time.

What happens next

Applications received by 31st January will be referred by Graduate School PGR Admissions to the potential Supervisors. Potential candidate interviews will be either in-person or online, and will be conducted by at least 3 members of staff (Supervisor, Associate Supervisor and an independent senior member of staff).

Applicants can expect to be informed about the primary stage by April 2022.

If you require further information about the application process, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at For any specific project queries, please contact the lead supervisor (as detailed in the list of projects).

Call for Engineering and Physical Sciences DTP PhD Applicants

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