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FoodBioSystems BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

FoodBioSystems BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership – PhD studentships available

Recruiting PhD Researchers across the Agriculture-Food Value Chain

The FoodBioSystems Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is advertising 36 PhD projects in subject areas that span the entire food value chain. We are looking for candidates from a broad range of scientific backgrounds including biological sciences, food, nutrition, veterinary sciences and data science.

Opportunities are available at Aberystwyth University, Brunel University, Cranfield University, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Reading and University of Surrey.

We will be awarding a maximum of 24 studentships through a competitive process.

We aim for our doctoral researchers to become the next generation of scientists with in-depth knowledge and technical expertise of food systems and biological processes across the agri-food system from pre-farm to post-fork.


As a FoodBioSystems postgraduate researcher you will undertake training that will lead towards a PhD and equip you with extra skills and knowledge to support your future career. Your research project will be co-supervised across two institutes within our academic partnership and you will take part in training to gain a core understanding of food systems, data analysis and modelling. You will also follow a programme of subject specific learning, depending on your own needs. In addition, all DTP students carry out a professional internship (not generally related to the research project).

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

The FoodBioSystemsDTP is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), to building a doctoral researcher (DR) and staff body that reflects the diversity of society and to encourage applications from under-represented and disadvantaged groups. Our actions to promote diversity and inclusion within the DTP are outlined on our website.

Each institution in the DTP partnership has at a minimum Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation. University of Surrey are members of the Race Equality Charter, University of Reading Aberystwyth are in the top 100 Stonewall employers, while Brunel University is a Stonewall member and Queens University Belfast is a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

Our studentships are offered on a part time basis in addition to full time registration. The minimum registration is 50% FT and the studentship end date will be extended to reflect the part-time registration.

FoodBioSystems BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

How to apply

Please view the individual project descriptions and guidance on how to apply on our website. Application will be by online application form only. CVs will not be looked at, please do not send them.

Funding eligibility

FoodBioSystems DTP studentships are predominantly open to students with established UK residency. Although international students (including EU countries) can apply, due to funding rules no more than 30% of the projects can be allocated to international students. The funding will include a tax free stipend and support for tuition fees at the standard UK rate (in 2021/2022 this is a minimum of £15,609 per year and £4500 per year respectively). There will also be a contribution towards research costs.

Funding for PhD studentships from BBSRC is only available to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria set out in the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) harmonized training terms and conditions.

Fees for International Students funded by FoodBioSystems DTP

In 2021, DTP partner universities covered the difference in the UK/Republic of Ireland fees and international fees for international UKRI funded students. This is subject to confirmation for 2022 entry students. For further information on this, please refer to the individual university websites.

Application deadline: 27th January 2022 (10.00am GMT)

For more information

To find out more about us, the projects we are offering this year, and our training programme, please visit For enquiries about individual projects please contact the project leads.

FoodBioSystems BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Avaliable Projects

Project at Aberystwyth University: Engineering myxobacterial super-predators to fight crop diseaseDetails

FoodBioSystems BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

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