Postgraduate research


Qualification: PhD

Department: School of Physics and Astronomy

Application deadline: Closed for 2022 entry

Start date: 26 September 2022


The School of Physics and Astronomy offer PhD projects funded by The Sciences and Technology Facilities Research Council (STFC) for September 2022 entry shortly


Visit our research group pages, and be sure to state your broad area of interest (Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Space Physics, Instrumentation, etc.) in the Proposal Section. Then list, in ranked order, the projects you wish to be considered for (up to 5).

Research Council Studentships

Research Council funded Studentships schemes designed to support the training of the next generation of world-class researchers.

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 September start.



The projects listed are in competition for STFC funding. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. 

The STFC studentship which includes:

  • A full UK fee waiver for 3.5 years
  • An annual tax free stipend of £15,285 (2020/2021)
  • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)
  • Conference Fees and UK Fieldwork fund

*International applicants will be need to be able to pay the difference between UK and International fees for the duration of their studies.

For 2022 entry the full international fee will be £21,000. We are waiting confirmation of the UK fee but for 2021 this was £4,500. The difference in fees will be approximately £16,500 (exact figure to be confirmed).

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.  

The University of Leicester English language requirements apply where applicable.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

Enquiries relating to projects should go to the project supervisor (contact details are on each project).

Application enquiries to

How to apply

How to apply

To apply please use the online Apply Button at the bottom of the page.  Apply for September 2022

With your application, please include:

  • CV
  • Personal statement explaining your interest in the project, your experience and why we should consider you
  • 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 email contact details of your two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.

In the funding section, please specify STFC 2022 and include the project reference for your top-ranked project.

In the proposal section please:

  • (i) specify your broad area of interest (Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Space Physics, Instrumentation, etc.) having reviewed our research group pages; and
  • (ii) list, in ranked order, the projects you wish to be considered for (up to 5).

You do not need to include a research proposal.



Available to UK and International* applicants.

* refer to the funding section for funding information.

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