EPSRC Studentships

Qualification: PhD

Departments: School of Chemistry School of Engineering School of Informatics School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

Application deadline: 27th February 2020. Interviews 25-27th March 2020

Start date: 28 September 2020


The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. EPSRC covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. It is part of UK Research and Innovation, a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. 

University of Leicester has a number of projects that will be considered for EPSRC funding.  Please see the Project tab below for full details. 


Doctoral training partnerships

Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional schemes designed to support the training of the next generation of world-class researchers. The University of Leicester is a lead partner in four DTPs/CDTs through which we can offer funded PhD studentships in a wide range of research areas.

Studentships are available to highly motivated and qualified applicants and provide a generous support package usually including a full fee waiver, annual stipend, and research training support grant. Studentships are in most cases offered early in the year for October start. Enquiries outside of the main application periods are welcomed.



3.5 year EPSRC Studentships

Each project is in competition for funding with one or more other projects. Usually, the projects which receive the best applicants will be awarded the funding.

If successful, you will receive:

  • A full UK/EU fee waiver for 3.5 years
  • An annual tax-free stipend at UKRI rates which for 2020/1 will be £15,285 pa
  • A Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

UK Bachelor Degree with at least 2:1 in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent.

University of Leicester English language requirements also apply.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

College of Science and Engineering postgraduate enquiries

How to apply

How to apply

To apply please use the appropriate Apply button at the bottom of the page. Applicants are advised to apply well in advance of the deadline, so that we can let you know if anything is missing from your application.

You will need to submit:

  1. Two academic references - enter the contact details of your referees in the reference section provided. If you already have the letters of reference upload these in the space provided
  2. Your degree transcripts
  3. Your degree certificate/s (if awarded)
  4. Your curriculum vitae
  5. An EPSRC Studentship Form  - include your personal statement at the bottom of the form and upload to the Personal Statement section of the online application form.
  6. An English language qualification if applicable

Please note: If you apply for more than one project in the same academic school please email the second EPSRC Studentship Form to csepgr@le.ac.uk together with your application ID number.  Only submit a second PhD application if the second project is in a different school.

Applications which are not complete by the deadline will not be considered for the studentship scheme. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the application form and documents are received by the relevant deadlines.



Studentships are available to UK/EU applicants who meet the EPSRC Eligibility Criteria; if you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years you will normally be entitled to apply for a full studentship. If you are an EU student and do not meet the residency criteria, please contact csepgr@le.ac.uk for more information on the funding options available.

Unfortunately, there is no funding for international students under this scheme.

EPSRC 2020 projects

EPSRC 2020 projects