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 (£16,062 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


UKRI-funded studentships are open to students worldwide. The proportion of international students appointed through the EASTBIO DTP is capped at 30%.  All students must meet the eligibility criteria as outlined in the UKRI Terms and Conditions (see TGC 5.2). To find out whether you would be classed as an International student, please see full residency criteria in Annex B of the accompanying guidance.


How to apply

Recruitment for the EASTBIO programme is managed in partnership with Edinburgh University. Applications for 2023 entry will open December/January so, if you are interested in joining the EASTBIO programme September 2023, you should look out for the announcement later in the year.

When applications open, full details will be published on this page, the EASTBIO webpage and on FindAPhD