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Department of Physics

Research studentships

See also the University's main postgraduate scholarships and bursaries page and Faculty of Science Funding Page . Overseas students could also contact the International Office about other funding possibilities. The British Council may have scholarships available – the possibilities vary from year to year and depend on your country of residence.

Research Councils UK

What is covered?

Home fees and a standard stipend of £14,553 (2017/18) per year for 3.5 years (to be confirmed, for guidance only).

Number

Typically 4 in Particle Physics and 7 in Astronomy funded by STFC and up to 5 in Atomic and Condensed Matter Physics funded by EPSRC Doctoral Training Account and Project Studentships.

Typical entry qualifications

A first class BSc, or at least a 2:1 MPhys or equivalent, or Masters degree

Eligibility

Candidates must have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years. Overseas students studying in the UK do not count as ‘resident’.

Closing date

Varies between research section. Check research section web pages for deadlines. Apply initially to the department.

More information

STFC or our research degree pages. EPSRC project studentships are advertised on the Atomic and Molecular Physics and Condensed Matter Physics pages.

Durham Doctoral Studentship

What is covered?

  • A tuition fee-wavier at either the Home/EU or International rate;
  • A tax-free maintenance grant set at the UK Research Councils' national rate, which in 2017/18 is £14,553 (to be confirmed; for guidance only); and
  • A Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £1,000 (to be confirmed)

Number

Typically 1 or 2 per year in Physics.

Typical entry qualifications

Fellowships are limited in number and very competitive so a first class degree or equivalent is the minimum required to have a good chance of success.

Eligibility

Open to all students.

Closing dates

The deadline for applications to be considerd for this award is 16th January 2017, but we encourage applications to be submitted as soon as possible.

More information

Student Financial Support Office and the Faculty of Science Funding Page

EPSRC project studentships are advertised on the Atomic and Molecular Physics and Condensed Matter Physics pages https://www.dur.ac.uk/cmp

Positions open in new EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training

A number of PHD positions will be available in the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI CDT).

For further information visit the SOFI CDT web pages (https://www.dur.ac.uk/soft.matter/cdt/) or contact Dr Lian Hutchings (l.r.hutchings@durham.ac.uk)

SOFI CDT PhD Positions for October 2017

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces

Up to 16 fully-funded four-year PhD studentships are available in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces for October 2017 for graduates in the physical sciences including Physics.

The EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI CDT) provides industrially-integrated, postgraduate training in research, enterprise and innovation for future leaders in the soft matter academic and industrial sectors. SOFI CDT combines expertise from Durham, Leeds and Edinburgh universities, industry and central facilities. It brings together more than 50 academics from departments of Physics, Chemistry, Food Science, Biology, Engineering, Computing, (Applied) Mathematics and Durham University Business School.
For further information on SOFI CDT and how to apply please visit the SOFI CDT website: www.dur.ac.uk/soft.matter/cdt/ and www.facebook.com/softmattercdt

Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme in Visual Cultre

Up to 6 fully-funded three-year PhD studentships are currently available in the Durham Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Training Programme in Visual Culture (DLITP VC) for entry in October 2017. We welcome applications from graduates in the arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and life sciences who wish to pursue a PhD in visual science or visual culture. More information can be found on the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture webpages

Typical entry qualifications

It is expected that candidates will have a strong first degree in a relevant discipline (2.1 minimum), together with an excellent Master's qualification also in a relevant field.

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Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

Postgraduates

Postgraduate funding opportunities - find out more about scholarships available for postgraduate study.