Funded opportunities

Listed below are the funded studentship opportunities which are currently accepting research student applications.

College of Life Sciences

Available to UK/EU applicants 

REACH-OUT: Caring for the healthcare workforce post-COVID-19

  • School: Respiratory Sciences
  • Supervisors: Dr Manish Pareek and Professor Carolyn Tarrant
  • Start date: proposed 1 November 2021
  • Closing date 22 September 2021

CLS/ Leicester Cancer Research Centre Studentship Deciphering and Targeting Oncogenic Networks in Mesothelioma

  • School: Genomics and Genome Biology/Leicester Cancer Research Centre
  • Supervisor: Professor Dean Fennell
  • Start date:  11 January 2022
  • Closing date: 30 September 2021

Eileen Cowan Studentship 2021 Available projects

  • School: Projects available within the College of Life Sciences
  • Supervisors: Various
  • Start Date: 27 September 2021
  • Application Deadline: currently closed for new applications 

College of Life Sciences Studentship: Delay in heart failure diagnosis: identifying clinical and care factors from longitudinal studies using national linkage database

  • School: Health Sciences
  • Supervisors: Professor Umesh T. Kadam, Dr Claire Lawson and Dr Suping Ling
  • Start date: To be agreed with successful candidate
  • Application deadline: 19 December 2021
Fight for Sight Studentship: The impact and structural correlates of glare in infantile nystagmus
  • School: Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour
  • Supervisors: Dr Frank Proudlock and Dr Rebecca McLean
  • Start date: 10 January 2022
  • Application deadline: 18 October 2021 

Respiratory Sciences Studentship: The effects of air pollution on the behaviour and allergenic potential of fungi

  • School: Respiratory Sciences
  • Supervisors: Dr Catherine Pashley and Professor Julie Morrissey
  • Start date: January 2022
  • Application deadline: 13 October 2021

 Available to UK/EU/International applicants

BBSRC Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership ( MIBTP)
  • Application deadline: currently closed.

Wellcome Trust 4 Year Funded PhD

  • Application deadline: currently closed.

MRC IMPACT

  • Application deadline: currently closed.

CENTA 2021

  • Closing date for applications: currently closed.

College of Science and Engineering

Available to UK and non UK* applicants

CSE Studentship: High-level search methodologies for problem solving in industrial applications

  • Open to UK and non UK applicants*   
  • School: Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • Supervisors: Dr John Drake and Professor Edmund Burke
  • Start date: September 2022
  • Closing date: 20 October 2021

* applicants not eligible for UK fees must be able to fund the difference between UK fees and International fees

CSE Studentship: Advanced Computational Study of Swirling Flow in a 3D Lined Duct

  • Open to UK and non UK applicants*   
  • School: Engineering
  • Supervisors: Dr Zahir Hussain and Professor Stephen Garrett
  • Start date: September 2022
  • Closing date: 20 October 2021

* applicants not eligible for UK fees must be able to fund the difference between UK fees and International fees

CSE Studentship: Robustness Analysis of Spatially Distributed Wireless Sensor Network

  • Open to UK and non UK applicants*   
  • School: Engineering
  • Supervisors: Dr Lanlan Su and Dr. Andrea Lecchini-Visintini  
  • Start date: September 2022
  • Closing date: 20 October 2021

* applicants not eligible for UK fees must be able to fund the difference between UK fees and International fees

CSE Studentship: Deep learning for imbalanced classification. 

  • Open to UK and non UK applicants. Funding includes a full overseas fee waiver
  • School: Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • Supervisors: Professor Huiyu Zhou
  • Start date: September 2022
  • Closing date: 20 October 2021

MPhil ERDF LIH437 with Industry Partner Structural Adhesives Ltd Debondable structural Adhesives

  • Open to UK/EU and International* applicants *International applicants must be able to fund the difference between UK fees and International fees themselves.
  • School: Chemistry
  • Supervisors: Professor Andy Abbott and Dr Sandy Kilpatrick
  • Start date: As soon as possible
  • Closing date: 30 October 2021

MPhil ERDF LIH 588 -with Industry Partner Sporting Edge   MPhil Studentship MPhil Creation of a new piece of marketing insight software that will allow the company partner to analyse customer interaction data and present it in a user-friendly dashboard.

  • Open to UK/EU and International* applicants *International applicants must be able to fund the difference between UK fees and International fees themselves.
  • School: School of Business and School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • Supervisors: Dr Will Darler and Dr Alberto Paganini
  • Start date: 10 January 2022
  • Closing date: 15 October 2021
MPhil ERDF LIH533 with Industry partner Bluesky Ltd - High density point cloud processing for tree structural features extraction and species classification
  • Open to UK/EU/International* applicants. *International applicants must be able to fund the difference between UK fees and International fees themselves.
  • School of Mathematics and School of Geography, Geology and the Environment with Industry Partner Bluesky International Ltd
  • Supervisors: Professor Tyukin and Professor Tansey
  • Start date: As soon as possible
  • Application deadline: 30 September 2021

MPhil ERDF LIH161 with Industry Partner Speedel Ltd User-centred Design and Prototyping of a Personalised Logistics System

  • Open to UK/EU/International* applicants. *International applicants must be able to fund the difference between UK fees and International fees themselves.
  • Supervisors: Dr Genovefa Kefalidou and Professor Reiko Heckel
  • School: Informatics
  • Provisional start date: as soon as possible
  • Application deadline: 30 October 2021

MPhil ERDF LIH 334 with Industry Partner Books2Door Ltd Developing novel e-commerce analytics dashboard for customer and product Insight

  • Open to UK/EU/International* applicants. *International applicants must be able to fund the difference between UK fees and International fees themselves.
  • School of Informatics and School of Business
  • Supervisors: Dr John Panneerselvam (Informatics) and Dr Angela Izah (School of Business)
  • Start date:1 As soon as possible
  • Application deadline: 30 August 2021
*International applicants - some projects may provide partial funding. Please check funding section on the project page.

College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

ERDF LIH 588 - Sporting Edge Funded  MPhil Studentship MPhil Creation of a new piece of marketing insight software that will allow the company partner to analyse customer interaction data and present it in a user-friendly dashboard.

  • Open to UK/EU and International* applicants *International applicants must be able to fund the difference between UK fees and International fees themselves.
  • School: School of Business and School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • Supervisors: Dr Will Darler and Dr Alberto Paganini
  • Start date: 10 January 2022
  • Closing date: 15 October 2021

ESRC Midlands Graduate School DTP Joint Studentship:

  • No projects currently available

Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership:

  • No projects currently available.

Research Councils

Open to UK/EU/ International* applicants (*funding conditions apply)

Please check your eligibility and the availability of funding detailed on each studentship page carefully before applying for Research Council funding. If you are unsure please email pgradmissions@le.ac.uk.

Wellcome Trust 4 Year Funded PhD

  • Applications currently closed 

BBSRC Midlands Innovative Biosciences Training Partnership  (MIBTP)

  • Open to UK/EU/ International* applicants (*funding conditions apply)
  • Departments: College of Life Sciences
  • Supervisors: Various
  • Start date: September 2021
  • Application deadline: 6 May 2021

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

  • Closing date for applications: Currently closed

CENTA 2021

  • Closing date for applications: Currently closed

MRC IMPACT

  • Application Deadline: Currently closed

ESRC Midlands Graduate School

  • Application Deadline: Currently closed

Midlands4Cities Open Doctoral Training studentships for September 2021

  • Closing date for applications: Currently closed

EPSRC Studentships 2021

  • Closing date for applications: Currently closed