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South Coast Biosciences DTP

Fully-Funded PhDs in Biological Sciences, from the South Coast Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership for September 2020

South Coast Biosciences (SoCoBio) is a new BBSRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership offering a broad 4-year research training programme which provides students with the skills they need to develop into future bioscience leaders in academia or in industry. This new collaboration of four leading Universities and an independent research Institute - The University of Southampton, The University of Kent, The University of Sussex, The University of Portsmouth and NIAB-EMR - provides doctoral training in Biosciences across the South Coast in the following themes:

  • Understanding the rules of life (~11 scholarships available)
  • Bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food (~5 scholarships available)
  • Bioscience for renewable resources and clean growth (~8 scholarships available)
  • Bioscience for an integrated understanding of health (~3 scholarships available)

A full list of available projects is available on the SoCoBio website.

We are keen to recruit students from a wide diversity of academic backgrounds: those with creative drive in both Physical (for example, Maths, Computer Science, Engineering) as well as the Life Sciences (for example, Biology, Biomedicine, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology).

The SoCoBio programme

As a SoCoBio student you will:

  • Receive four years of funding covering UK/EU PhD fees, a maintenance allowance (currently £15,009 in 2019-20) and a research and training allowance;
  • Follow a skills training programme in year one, with taught modules and two laboratory rotations;
  • Become part of the SoCoBio student community meeting at conferences and summer schools;
  • Have access to expert supervisors in two SoCoBio institutions or industry;
  • Get training in your specific field of research and also broader research skills such as Data Management;
  • Develop broad employability skills with training in business skills including entrepreneurship, and science communication and a 3-month internship outside academia.

Further information on rotations, training and the types of projects available is on the SoCoBio website.

How to apply

Interested students should complete Section A and Section B of the SoCoBio online application form by 23:59 on January 28th 2020.

Further details in included in the Guidance for Applicants.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a selection day in Southampton on February 26th or 27th 2020 with scholarship offers being made in early March.

Only UK and EU students are eligible for funding. EU students need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years to receive the full award.

South Coast Biosciences DTP

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