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Research Councils

The UK Research Councils are public bodies charged with investing taxpayers' money in science and research in the UK. Each of the seven Research Councils funds research and training activities in a different area and together they support around 30,000 researchers, including 15,500 doctoral students in UK universities and in their own Research Institutes, a number of which are members of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

In Life Sciences, we currently offer studentships funded by the following:

A proportion of our Research Council studentships are CASE and Industrial CASE awards; these provide excellent opportunities for research collaboration with an industrial partner.

What these studentships offer

Follow the links to the individual Research Councils' studentship websites above, where you will also find the studentship handbooks which give details of terms, conditions and eligbility.

Eligibility

All RC studentship holders must fulfil certain academic and residency criteria. The BBSRC website offers a helpful summary. 

How to apply

These awards are advertised by the departments and institutes to which the awards have been allocated. Look out for Advertisements in, for example, findaphd.com.

Follow the application instructions given in the advertisement. Closing dates vary but most are normally in January-February.