PhD Studentships2023-11-17T12:56:49+00:00

For students embarking on their research career
Applications for 2024 PhD studentships are closed now!

Applications are closed now!

The PhD programme

PhD students, funded by the CoL Centre, will follow the four-year version of the CRUK CoL Centre PhD training programme. Based in their primary supervisor’s research group, students will work across the Centre, for example when carrying out their research placements or accessing the Centre’s infrastructure cores.

The programme will begin with an induction programme introducing students to the Centre, the training programme, their university of registration and to carrying out a PhD. Trainees will submit reports, give talks and meet with their thesis committees at specific points on the programme and be able to access a vast range of scientific and transferable skills training via the Centre partners and beyond. Early on in the programme, students will work with their supervisors to develop a customised training plan that is tailored to the student’s background and project requirements, and which includes multi-disciplinary skills training and three two-month research placement with other groups in the Centre.

Supervisors, PhD registration and studentships

PhD students will be based in their primary supervisor’s research group and register for their PhD with the primary supervisor’s university. They will have a secondary supervisor from one of the Centre’s other institutions, and may spend some time with their research group too. All students will have a three-person thesis committee made up of Centre faculty and experts in the research field. There will regular meetings with the committee to discuss progress and receive guidance and advice. Successful candidates will receive a £23,000 tax-free student stipend (living allowance) per year for 4 years plus payment of university tuition fees at Home status.


The funding for this studentship covers students with UK Home tuition fee status only. For more information on Home tuition fee status please visit the UKCISA website. Please note that we will only be able to offer studentships to candidates that have UK home tuition fee status or provide evidence that they can fund the international portion of the tuition fee from external sources (i.e. not self-funded).

The standard CoL Centre PhD programme and studentship academic eligibility criteria are:

  • A first or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent from a non-UK university) in a relevant subject.
  • Appropriate research experience as part of, or outside of, an undergraduate or masters degree course in a relevant subject.
  • Appropriate English language skills.
Projects for the 2024 intake recruitment can be found here

For general enquiries regarding the CoL Centre training programme please email: