PhD programme

BBSRC EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentship

The BBSRC East of Scotland Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership provides PhD training for postgraduates with diverse background (including biosciences, physical sciences, mathematics) to address biological questions using a range of technologies.

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Source of funding

External organisation

The BBSRC funded programme is a partnership between the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Stirling and St Andrews; as well as SRUC, Mordun, IBiolC and the JHI. The Partnership was created in response to the establishment of BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships to provide PhD training in areas of strategic relevance to the BBSRC. The DTP scheme will provide students with excellent cross-disciplinary research training in line with the current BBSRC strategy for research support and training.

The key elements of the programme consist of:

  • Structured training and mentoring programme: High-level Bioscience training (e.g. Systems Biology, Data Analysis) and Generic Skills training
  • Interactive discussion groups across the partnership based upon research themes
  • 3-month professional internship outside of academia
  • PhD projects in laboratories run by internationally renowned scientists
  • Competitive stipend at the UKRI minimum (£17,668 for 22/23), £5000 per year towards research training costs, tuition fees covered
  • Attendance at EASTBIO annual symposium

More information on the programme can be found on the EASTBIO website


Applications are open to Home candidates only. To be classed as a Home student, candidates must meet the following criteria and the associated residency requirements:

  • be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • have settled status, or
  • have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • have indefinite leave to remain or enter

Full details can be found in the Training Grant Guidance Document.

To make an application, browse through the available projects listed below and continue to the "Download and fill in the EASTBIO Application Form" link found under the How to Apply heading.

How to apply

The School of Life Sciences EASTBIO studentships applications are now open for September 2023 entry. Before completing your application, prospective applicants should have a look at the projects on offer. For any project(s) you are interested in, you should make contact with the relevant project supervisor to discuss your application. If the project supervisor is supportive of your application, you should:

  • Download and fill in the EASTBIO Application Form (see below). If you apply for more than one EASTBIO project, submit a separate application for each project (max of 3 EASTBIO projects).
  • Complete the online EASTBIO Equality, Diversity and Inclusion survey; the link can be found in the application form, the survey will automatically generate a Unique Number that you should copy and paste on the relevant section of the EASTBIO Application Form.
  • Contact two of your referees - academic or professional - to ask them if they agree to provide a reference for you; download the EASTBIO Reference Form (see below), fill it with your details and forward it to them to complete. It is your responsibility to inform your selected referees about the deadline by which they need to send their reference, the institution hosting the project(s) you are applying for and an email address for queries.

Application Forms and Reference Forms for projects hosted by the School of Life Sciences should be returned to

Application Deadline – 12 May 2023
Shortlisting & Interview – May/June 2023

The EASTBIO Team will be running a series of online drop-in sessions where you can ask questions about the application process, timings for these sessions and full details on the application process can be found on the EASTBIO webpage.