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South Coast Biosciences DTP

Fully-Funded PhDs in Biological Sciences, from the South Coast Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SoCoBio DTP) for October 2021

The South Coast Biosciences (SoCoBio) DTP is a 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. SoCoBio is a 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 - providing 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 including industry co-funded studentships 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).

Applications are particularly welcomed from candidates with protected characteristics (for example, from black and minority ethnic groups) and we can offer support to students with additional responsibilities to enable them to pursue their PhD equitably.

Programme Highlights

As a SoCoBio student you will:

  • Receive four years of funding covering UK/EU PhD fees, a maintenance allowance (currently £15,285 in 2020-21) 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

Key Dates & How to Apply

Interested students should visit the SoCoBio website and complete the online programme application, including all supporting documents as requested, by 23:59 on 4th January 2021.

Full details of the application procedure and eligibility for funding is on the SoCoBio website

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on 18th or 19th February 2021 with scholarship offers being made in early March.

South Coast Biosciences DTP

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