Postgraduate research

Funded opportunities

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

Research Council Studentships

PhD studentships funded by Research Councils open for September 2023 entry

Please refer to the individual project information for funding details and eligibility.

Wellcome Trust DTP: Genomic Epidemiology and Public Health Genomics PhD Programme

  • Closing date: 2 December 2022

Midlands4Cities DTP: Open Doctoral Awards

  • Closing date: 11 January 2023 (12 noon UK time)

Midlands4Cities CDA: Doctoral Collaborative Awards

  • Closing date: 11 January 2023 (12 noon UK time)

NERC CENTA: Central England NERC Training Alliance Studentships

  • Closing date: 11 January 2023

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP

  • Closing date: 24 January 2023 (23:59 GMT)

BBSRC MIBTP Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership

  • Closing date: 20 January 2023
STFC Science and Technology Facilities Council 
  • Closing date: 20 January 2023

College of Life Sciences

Please read the studentship adverts for eligibility criteria, funding and application process.

Wellcome Trust DTP: Genomic Epidemiology and Public Health Genomics PhD Programme

  • Open to: UK and International students
  • Research Projects: Various
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 2 December 2022

NERC CENTA: Central England NERC Training Alliance Studentships

  • Open to UK and International students
  • Projects: Various
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 11 January 2023

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP

  • Open to UK and International students
  • Pathways within: History, Media and Communication, Human Geography, Museum Studies, Population Health Sciences
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 24 January 2023 (23:59 GMT)

BBSRC MIBTP Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership

  • Open to UK and International students
  • Projects: Various
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 20 January 2023

PhD Studentship in Population Health Sciences/Diabetes Research Centre: Advancing the understanding of multiple long-term conditions in people living with diabetes.

  • Open to UK applicants only
  • Supervisors: Dr Claire Gillies, Dr, Lauren O'Mahoney and Dr Cameron Razieh
  • Start date: 9 January 2023
  • Closing date: 8 December 2022

PhD Studentship in Population Health Sciences: Flexible synthesis of cancer survival data incorporating electronic health records

  • Open to UK (Home) applicants only
  • School: Population Health Sciences
  • Supervisors: Dr Suzanne Freeman and Professor Sylvia Bujkiewicz
  • Start date: 9 January 2023
  • Closing date: 30 November 2022  

PhD Studentship in Population Health Sciences/Diabetes Research Centre: Predicting diabetes-related complications with machine learning techniques

  • Open to UK (Home) applicants only
  • School: Population Health Sciences (Diabetes Research Centre)
  • Supervisors: Dr Atanu Bhattacharjee, Dr Francesco Zaccardi and Professor Kamlesh Khunti
  • Start date: 9 January 2023
  • Closing date: 10 December 2022

PhD Studentship in Respiratory Sciences: Health Inequalities in Leicester: The influence of maternal, perinatal and neonatal factors on neonatal T cell and Innate Lymphoid Cell (ILC) immune function and epigenetics

  • Open to UK (Home) applicants only
  • School: Respiratory Sciences
  • Supervisors: Professor David Cousins and Professor Elaine Boyle
  • Start date: 1 March 2023
  • Closing date: 6 January 2023

Future 50 PhD Scholarships

  • Open to UK and International applicants
  • Various projects
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 20 January 2023

Self Funded PhD projects in Population Health Sciences

Please refer to our Population Health Sciences subject page for full details.

College of Science and Engineering

Please check eligibility for each individual project.

PhD studentships 

3 Year Engineering PhD Studentship: Diamond coatings for antibacterial applications in Space

  • Open to UK (Home) applicants only
  • Supervisors: Professor Haitao Ye and Professor Hongbiao Dong, FREng
  • Start date: 1 May 2023
  • Closing date: 31 January 2023

3.5 Year EPSRC Engineering Studentship: Better Bubblers: Jet Impingement within a Dead-End Channel.

  • Open to UK and International applicants
  • Supervisors: Dr James Jewkes and Dr Andrew McMullan
  • Start date: 1 July 2023
  • Closing date: 28 February 2023

NERC CENTA: Central England NERC Training Alliance Studentships

  • Open to UK and International students
  • Projects: Various
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 11 January 2023

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP

  • Open to UK and International students
  • Pathways within: History, Media and Communication, Human Geography, Health Sciences, Museum Studies
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 24 January 2023 (23:59 GMT)

BBSRC MIBTP Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership

  • Open to UK and International students
  • Projects: Various
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 20 January 2023

STFC Science and Technology Facilities Council

  • Open to UK and International students
  • Projects: Various Physics projects
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 20 January 2023

Future 50 PhD Scholarships

  • Open to UK and International applicants
  • Various projects
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 20 January 2023

College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

PhD/MPhil Studentships

Midlands4Cities DTP: Open Doctoral Awards

  • Open to UK and International students
  • Schools: Various
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 11 January 2023 (Includes M4C application and References)

Midlands4Cities CDA: Doctoral Collaborative Awards

  • Open to UK and International students
  • Projects: Various
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 11 January 2023 (12 noon UK time)

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP

  • Open to UK and International students
  • Pathways within: History, Media and Communication, Human Geography, Health Sciences, Museum Studies
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 24 January 2023 (23:59 GMT)

NERC CENTA: Central England NERC Training Alliance Studentships

  • Open to UK and International students
  • Projects: Various
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 11 January 2023

History: PhD Scholarship (Fee-Waiver) in "Holocaust and Genocide Studies"

  • Open to UK and Overseas students
  • Funding offers: UK fee waiver only (no stipend)
  • Start date: 9 January 2023 or later as agreed
  • Closing date for applications: 20 November 2022

ERC Studentship in History: Slavery and the Households of Sixth-Century Gaul

  • Open to UK and International applicants. *International applicants are required to fund the difference between the UK and International tuition fee for each year of their studies.
  • School: History
  • Start date: 9 January 2023 or no later than 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 25 November 2022

College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities  Ethnic Minority Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

  • Open to UK applicants only
  • All subjects within the College
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 17 February 2023

Future 50 PhD Scholarships

  • Open to UK and International applicants
  • Various projects
  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date: 20 January 2023

Future 50 PhD Scholarships

The University of Leicester are investing £5.45m in 50 Doctoral Scholarships for entry in autumn 2023 as part of its ambition to deliver on its strategic aim to ‘nurture the next generation of researchers to become world-leaders in their field’.

Please follow the links below for available projects within each College and Research Institutes:

College of Life Sciences

College of Science and Engineering

College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Research Institutes

Eligibility

Applications are welcome from UK and International applicants.  See the above links for academic entry requirements.

Funding

  • Studentships provide funding for 3.5 years to include:
  • Tuition fees at UK rates
  • Stipend at UKRI rates for 2023 to be confirmed in early 2023  (currently £17,668 for 2022 entry)
  • Access to a Research Training Support Grant of up to £1,500 pa for 3 years.
  • Bench fees of £5,000 per annum for three years for laboratory-based studies

International applicants will need to be able to fund the difference between UK and International fees for the duration of study.  

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