Postgraduate research

Future 50 Doctoral Scholarships - College of Life Sciences

Qualifications: PhD,DClinPsy

Departments: Cardiovascular Sciences Genetics Population Health Sciences Respiratory Sciences Molecular and Cell Biology Biological Sciences Medicine School of Psychology and Vision Sciences

Application deadline: Applications closed for 2023

Start date: 25 September 2023


Applications are now closed for 2023 entry

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’. 12* scholarships will be distributed through the College of Life Sciences, which comprises four Schools (Leicester School of Medicine; Biological Sciences; Psychology and Vision Sciences; Healthcare) and five departments (Cardiovascular Sciences; Genetics and Genome Biology; Population Health Sciences; Respiratory Sciences; Molecular and Cell Biology).

Below you will find a list of 23* project proposals from supervisors across the College, 2 of which have a pedagogic focus. Please be aware that not all of the proposed projects will be funded; however, it is possible to apply for up to two projects.

Prospective applicants are welcome to contact potential supervisor(s) for further information and guidance about specific projects

Select the project/s you want to apply for refer to the How to Apply guidelines in the section below. When listing the project you want to be considered for include the project refernece as well as the project title. For example:  CVS Codd Telomere length in humans, going beyond simple genetic variants: The effect of copy number and mitochondrial variation on telomere length and disease risk.

Cardiovascular Sciences

Genetics and Genome Biology

School of Healthcare

Population Health Sciences

Molecular and Cell Biology

School of Psychology and Visual Sciences

Respiratory Sciences

Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)



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. For projects on this page the fees will be:

  • Full international fees will be £21,850 per year
  • UK fees are to be confirmed in early 2023 (currently £4,596 for 2022)
  • International students would need to be able to pay fees of approximately £17,200 per year of study
  • Exact fee will be advised at the point of offer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold/or expect to obtain a UK Bachelor Degree 2:1 or better in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent.

The University of Leicester English language requirements may apply.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

Informal project enquiries

Please email the relevant project supervisor.

Application enquiries 

How to apply

How to apply

To apply, please use the Apply button at the bottom of the page for projects listed on this web page and follow the prompts to create your application.

With your application, please include:

  • CV
  • Personal statement explaining, briefly, your interest in the project and your experience ( If you apply for two projects include a statement for each project on the same document)
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable
  • In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.

You can apply for a maximum of 2 projects.

  For each project you want to be considered for:
  • In the Supervisor Section: Enter the Project Supervisor for each project you want to be considered for 
  • In the Project Title Section: Enter the Project Reference and Project Title for each project in order of priority. 
    • (For example: Project 1: CVS Codd Telomere length in humans, going beyond simple genetic variants: The effect of copy number and mitochondrial variation on telomere length and disease risk.  Project 2: GGB Chen Unravelling the role of sleep in cancer progression using Drosophila models)

In the Funding Section: Enter Future 50 Scholarship or select Future 50 Scholarship from the drop down menu.



UK and International* applicants are welcome to apply.

To be classed as UK applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have EU settled status, or
  • Have EU pre-settled status (meeting 3 years residency requirement) or,
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

If you are unsure if you are eligible for UK fees please email PGR Admissions and we can make an assessment for you.

Applicants holding EU settled or pre-settled status

Once you have submitted your application please email a share code starting with S to so that we can verify your status. Include your application number.

*International applicants

  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria for UK fees will be classed as an international student.
  • International students will need to be able to demonstrate they can fund the difference between UK and International fees for the duration of study. See funding section for further information.

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