Postgraduate research

Future 50 PhD Scholarships - College of Science and Engineering

Qualification: PhD

Departments: School of Chemistry School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences School of Engineering Geography Geology School of Physics and Astronomy

Application deadline: Applications are closed for 2023

Start date: 25 September 2023


Applications are now closed for 2023 entry

The University of Leicester is investing £5.45m in 50 PhD 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’. 11 scholarships will be distributed through the College of Science and Engineering, which comprises five schools (Chemistry, Computing and Mathematical Sciences; Engineering; Geography, Geology and the Environment; Physics and Astronomy) and Space Park Leicester, a national centre combining world-leading excellence in space research, inclusive education and training, and space-enabled industry.

Below you will find a list of 15 project proposals from supervisors across the College. 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 reference as well as the project title.  For Example: CHEM Cao Sustainable synthesis of N-heterocycles using single atom catalysts (SACs) via oxidation reactions


School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences


Geography, Geology and the Environment

Physics and Astronomy*

* The project for Physics and Astronomy are also being considered for STFC funding. If you want to be considered for both funding streams please include Future 50 / STFC in the funding section of your application. You don't need to submit two applications.



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 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 relevant 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:CHEM Cao Sustainable synthesis of N-heterocycles using single atom catalysts (SACs) via oxidation reactions  Project 2: CMS Morozov Mathematical modelling of CRISPR-Cas systems using big data)

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

Incomplete applications will not be considered.



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 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 fund the difference between UK and International fees for the duration of study. See funding section for further information.

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