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Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI)

The Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) - 3 year PhD Studentships

The Institute of Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) is a joint venture between Newcastle University & Fera Science Ltd. IAFRIs mission is to conduct frontier agri-food research in topics relating to Fera Science Ltd’s core business in plant protection, food safety and environmental sustainability.

This year’s research theme is Transforming Food Production and we are looking for projects in the following areas:

  1. Environment
  2. Agriculture
  3. Food


There are six studentships available from 8 projects to choose from based on the current themes. Students will be based at either Newcastle University or Fera Science Ltd in York. Each award provides a 3 year PhD with 100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend (minimum £15,009) Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

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Full details and projects available can be found here.

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, a first-class or upper-second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or international equivalent.

Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.

How to Apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.

Further application information (studentship codes, programme of study and programme codes) can be found within each project outline.

You should also send a covering letter and CV to Professor Neil Boonham ([email protected]) The online application system will only allow one application for an IAFRI studentship. If you are applying for TWO projects then you will need to e-mail Postgraduate Admissions [email protected] and [email protected] with the following information:

  • your applicant number (from the first project application)
  • the second project title
  • a two page covering letter for the second project

Application Closing Date

Closing date is Midnight on Friday 14th February 2020 (BST). Interviews will take place during March 2020.


For enquiries, please contact the supervisors for individual projects directly or Prof Neil Boonham ([email protected])

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