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


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.

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

Applications are now closed for this programme, if we do not fill all of our places for September 2023, we will re-advertise on this page and on FindAPhD.

Recruitment will begin again later this year for September 2024.