Value of award
100% of home tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,609.
Number of awards
Start date and duration
42 months from September 2021.
Application closing date
31 March 2021.
The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at Newcastle University invites applications for a fully-funded PhD programme as a part of the Lady Bertha Jeffreys endowment.
We are looking for an outstanding student to do research in theoretical quantum physics or astronomy. The candidate will need to demonstrate academic excellence, a genuine interest and commitment to developing the role of under-represented groups in Physics, and contributions to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).
The studentship is available in the following areas:
The School is committed to promoting diversity, and we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.
This is a prestigious studentship from the estate of Lady Bertha Jeffreys Bequest and funds from the estate of her husband Sir Harold Jeffreys.
Lady Bertha Jeffreys was an early pioneer in quantum and atomic physics. She made fundamental theoretical studies of electron interactions and helped to develop the ‘self-consistent field method’ used widely today.
Sir Harold Jeffreys was an Astronomer and Geophysicist. He invented Bayesian statistical methods to analyse seismic data and prove the existence of the Earth’s molten core. These methods were published in the influential text ‘Theory of Probability’. He also discovered the WKB method for analysing differential equations that is known to every applied mathematician and theoretical physicist.
This studentship honours the Jeffreys’ commitment to excellent research, their students and contributions to EDI.
Lady Bertha Jeffreys endowment.
You must have or expect a First Class or high 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent physics, astrophysics or closely related disciplines. Enthusiasm for research, ability to think and work independently, excellent analytical skills and strong verbal and written communication skills are essential requirements.
If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).
The award is available to home applicants only.
Applicants should first get in touch with the proposed supervisors of the areas of interest and discuss potential PhD projects. Once agreed on a project with a specific supervisor, apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system at:
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