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PhD studentships in Biological Sciences and Geosciences (QUADRAT DTP)

Fully Funded PhD studentships in Biological Sciences and Geosciences (QUADRAT DTP)

Applications are invited for UKRI funded PhD studentships starting 1st October 2024.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 17th January 2024..

The QUADRAT DTP brings together two research and teaching centres of excellence in biological sciences and geosciences. The University of Aberdeen is a world class multidisciplinary research and training institution and Queen’s University Belfast is a Russell Group University with an international reputation for world class research.

Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), with support from several partner organisations, QUADRAT DTP will provide outstanding students with unrivalled opportunities to gain the skills and holistic understanding essential for the next generation of scientific leaders in academic, industry and policy development due to our unique geographic positions, unprecedented research and training infrastructure and strategic alliances of the two academic partners.

PhD studentships in Biological Sciences and Geosciences (QUADRAT DTP)


QUADRAT studentships are open to UK nationals and international candidates (EU and non-EU) in the 2024/25 academic year. Funding for this programme will cover UK tuition fees and stipend.

International students should note that we are only able to award a limited number of studentships to international applicants (including EU nationals). These full studentships for international applicants will only be awarded to exceptional quality applicants, due to the competitive nature of this scheme. Successful international candidates will receive a fee waiver for the difference between UK level and international level tuition fees. International candidates are therefore not expected to fund this ‘fee gap’ themselves.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject. Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree may be considered providing they have a Distinction at Master’s level. Please note that a Masters degree is only required where the BSc grade is below a 2.1. Relevant work experience can also be considered towards your eligibility for the project

Fees and Funding

QUADRAT DTP students are funded for a minimum of 3.5 years (up to 7 years part-time), to start on 1st October 2024.

The studentships include:

  • A monthly stipend for accommodation and living costs, based on UKRI rates (£18,622 pa for 23/24)
  • Fees (Home Tuition Fees) + an international fee difference waiver (where applicable)
  • Research and Training Costs (£9,000)

QUADRAT funding does not cover visa costs, immigration health surcharge or any other costs associated with relocation to the UK, therefore international candidates should consider these costs when applying.

What to do next

For more information, please visit our website, Candidates can apply for a maximum of 2 QUADRAT projects in the 2024/25 recruitment cycle.

Please visit our funding and eligibility and HOW TO APPLY webpages for full details before submitting your application.

We advise all applicants to contact and discuss the project content with the relevant project supervisor.

It is anticipated that shortlisted candidates will be called for interview between Monday 26th February and Friday 1st March 2024. Interviews are expected to be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams.

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