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Fully Funded EPSRC Scholarships in Chemistry: Molecular sensors and switches

   School of Physics and Astronomy

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About the Project

EPSRC, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, funds studentships to provide next generation of skilled individuals in the Engineering and Physical Sciences.

The University of Kent is delighted to offer fully funded EPSRC studentships starting in September 2022. These scholarships include a doctoral stipend (equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend, £15,609 2021/22 rate (2022/2023 rate to be announced) for 3.5 years, tuition fees at the home rate and access to further research support funding. If you are applying as an international candidate, Kent will waive the difference between Home and International fees.

Within Chemistry and Forensic Science (Division of Natural Sciences) we are inviting applications to the following projects:

Molecular sensors and switches

Dr Helena Shepherd ([Email Address Removed])

This project will involve studying organic and organometallic molecules that can be switched between different forms, with each form having different colours, structures and other properties. After successful synthesis you will characterize them using a wide variety of structural and spectroscopic techniques and develop them towards applications in environmental sensing.

Further information can be found on our University of Kent scholarship page and on the EPSRC page here.


Open to Home and Overseas (including EU) students.

If you are applying as an overseas student (this includes EU nationals), Kent will waive the difference between the Home and Overseas fees.

Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential.

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, and ideally a Master’s degree or equivalent.

How to apply

When applying students should follow the University of Kent’s online application process. As part of the process, students should include the following:

· Explain reasons for study/outline research proposal (please speak with the academic leading the project you wish to apply for)

· Provide details/evidence of qualifications

· Provide two academic references

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