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Without quality researchers, there can be no quality research.

This is why the University of Hull invests into PhD scholarships to attract the best academic talent and further our research endeavours. Many projects are interdisciplinary and/or in collaboration with industry.

If you choose to carry out your postgraduate studies with us, you will become part of a vibrant, forward-thinking research community.

Our postgraduate students are a well-integrated and fundamental part of our research and contribute a great deal to the shaping of the Faculty. We pride ourselves on supporting them and ensuring that they achieve their full potential. In addition to their own research, all PhD students at the University of Hull also complete the Postgraduate Training Scheme.

University of Hull 2018 PhD Scholarships

Information relating to the University of Hull 2018 PhD scholarships are available now.

Register now to keep up to date about our scholarship rounds for 2018 and beyond.

The identification and characterisation of biomarkers for the earlier diagnosis of chronic disease

There is a worldwide need to identify biomarkers that are specific and enable the diagnosis of chronic disease at an earlier time point. In doing so we can treat patients before their disease affects multiple organs, enabling more effective treatment, extending patient survival and enhancing quality of life. We aim to develop non-invasive or minimally invasive tests to identify early pre-clinical disease changes in patients. This should improve patient outcomes with diminished side effects and decrease NHS treatment costs.

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for each of the following projects.

Closing date: Thursday 8 February

Studentships will start on 17 September 2018.

For more information, please contact the project lead.

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 2nd April 2018 at the latest.

Astrophysical Data Science

The Astrophysical Data Science Cluster (ADSC) is an exciting new development for the University of Hull’s world renowned E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics.  A series of five Grand Challenges underpin the ADSC, each of which are aligned with the science roadmaps shaping the science & technology landscape for the UK and Europe for the coming decade.  The successful candidates will work alongside international leaders striving to identify the physics driving the formation and evolution of galaxies, stars, and planets, with cross-disciplinary opportunities characterising the development of complex biological life and astrochemistry. 

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for each of the following projects. 

Closing date: Thursday 8 February 2018

Studentships will start on 17 September 2018.

For more information, please contact Professor Brad Gibson.

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Interviews will be held the final two weeks of February 2018; initial offers will be made by 5th March 2018, with decisions returned by 31st March 2018, in line with the UK’s Science & Technology Facilities Council guidelines. 

PET Healthcare Technologies

The PET Healthcare technologies cluster aims to expand the scope of PET research at both the University and the Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust with the aim of improving patient outcomes using a ‘dose-on-demand’ approach for the provision of PET service to patients. The University is unique in that it houses a benchtop cyclotron dedicated to preclinical research in a bespoke PET facility, and links to a clinical dose-on-demand cyclotron development at Castle Hill Hospital – one of the first such facilities to be built worldwide. 

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for each of the following projects.

Closing date: Thursday 8 February 2018 

Studentships will start on 17 September 2018.

For further information please contact contact Dr Chris Cawthorne.

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 2nd April 2018 at the latest.

Optimising Outcomes in Diabetic Patients With Peripheral Arterial Disease

Diabetes is a national and international epidemic. In the UK a new person is diagnosed every 2 minutes and care of diabetes costs the NHS £1million per hour, every hour. To help address this problem he University of Hull is offering the following PhD projects which together will form a cohort of students bridging the gap between basic sciences and clinical applications and trials in this important disease. Projects include collaborations between some of the strongest and most active basic science and clinical research departments within the university.

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for thefollowing projects. The highest scoring applicants to 3 of the 4 projects will be appointed. 

Closing date: Monday 26 March 2018

Studentships will start on 17 September 2018

For further information please contact Mr George Smith or Mr Dan Carradice.

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 23 April 2018 at the latest.

Pharmacology of Natural Products

The cluster aims to understand the drug-like properties of natural products in diseases associated with ageing, such as skeletal muscle decline. Such diseases are difficult to treat, yet result in a substantial health and social care burden. The cluster has a strong focus on the modulation of reactive oxygen species and mitochondrial function in diseases of ageing, and the production of circulating metabolites of natural products.

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for each of the following projects.

Closing date: Thursday 8 February 2018

Studentships will start on 17 September 2018

For further information please contact Dr Huw Jones.

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 2nd April 2018 at the latest.

Human Health and Emerging Environmental Contaminants

The focus of this interdisciplinary project is to identify how emerging environmental contaminants impact human health. Exposure to environmental contaminants can impact upon the earliest stages of embryonic development in ways that may predispose the offspring to key health threats and perhaps increase susceptibility to subsequent environmental exposures. Later life exposures, for example to air pollutants, can have negative impacts on human health, ranging from a decreased quality of life caused by the exacerbation of respiratory illnesses such as asthma to early death resulting from an increased risk of cancer.

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for each of the following projects.

Closing date: Thursday 8 February 2018

Studentships will start on 17 September 2018

For further information please contact Professor Jeanette Rotchell.

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 2nd April 2018 at the latest.

Molecular Stress in Changing Aquatic Environments

The University of Hull has strong research ties to the marine environment. Our research cluster aims to deconstruct the cause-and effect network between aquatic environmental change (climate change, human-induced pollution) and organismal stress response at the molecular level, and to utilize this information to generate tools and strategies for mitigating the ecosystem effects of global change. We take a systems approach, collaboratively bridging a variety of disciplines (ecology & evolution, toxicology, genomics, proteomics, analytical and computational chemistry, and computational biology) to achieve these goals. 

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for each of the following projects.

Closing date: Thursday 8 February 2018

Studentships will start on 17 September 2018

For further information please contact Dr Katharina Wollenberg Valero.

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 2nd April 2018 at the latest.

Multi-Length Scale On-Chip Assembly for Nanophotonics

Applications are invited for two University funded PhD studentships, one in theory, one in experiment, to develop radically new self-assembly approaches for creating nanoscale light sources on a silicon chip. This technological breakthrough will pave the way for photonic integrated circuits, allowing us to build ultra-fast and low power consumption computers based on light (rather than electron) transport. Specifically, working as part of a multidisciplinary team, the PhD students will be responsible for modelling, fabricating and characterising the behaviour of hybrid metal-dielectric nanostructures on a silicon chip on multiple length scales.

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for each of the following projects.

Closing date: Thursday 8 February 2018

Studentships will start on 17 September 2018

For further information, please contact Dr Martin Buzza.

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 28 February 2018 at the latest.

Richard Hoggart Centre for Comparative Cultural Studies

The Richard Hoggart Centre for Comparative Studies aims to consolidate existing semi-formal collaborations between scholars at the University of Hull who are all engaged with the discipline of cultural studies. At its heart, cultural studies aims to examine cultural texts and forms as politically and socially embedded phenomena that can both inspire social justice and reinforce dominant ideologies. Cultural studies is a mixed-methods approach to the politics of culture, and incorporates elements of literary criticism, cultural theory, film studies, education studies, American Studies, cultural history and critical theory (among other disciplines).

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for each of the following projects.

Closing date: Thursday 8 February 2018

Studentships will start on 17 September 2018

For further information please contact  Dr Simon Willmetts.

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 2nd April 2018 at the latest.

Chinese Whispers: Exploring Culture Through Music and Language

This set of research projects aims to investigate a range of phenomena and practices, in two distinct cultural settings (initially Hull/UK and Tianjin/China) emerging in response to creative artefacts and experiences rooted in music and Chinese language(s).

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for each of the following projects.

Closing date: Thursday 8 February 2018

Studentships will start on 17 September 2018

For more information, please contact Professor Marina Mozzon-McPherson.

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 2nd April 2018 at the latest.

The Dynamics of Perception and Cognition in Immersive Virtual Reality Environments

The research cluster is exploring how user experience in immersive virtual reality (VR) affects physiology, cognition, perception and emotional state during learning. This interdisciplinary project embraces, brain imaging, medical engineering and VR environments to generate new models of cognitive processes.

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for each of the following projects.

Closing date: Thursday 8 February 2018

Studentships will start on 17 September 2018

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 2nd April 2018 at the latest.

High Throughput Approaches to Decipher the Role of Human Endothelial Cells in Chronic Disease

This cluster of three interlinked projects will be focussed on defining the molecular mechanisms and signalling pathways that regulate human endothelial cell function in chronic diseases following our recent discoveries at the University of Hull. The key pathologies to be studied are therapy-resistant cancers and cardiovascular disease. This research initiative involves eight academics with research expertise in basic cell biology, clinical research, oncology and respiratory/cardiovascular disease. The goal of this collaborative network is to establish novel genomic and proteomic big data pipeline that can be used by the global scientific community to decipher human endothelial cell biology in chronic diseases for their improved diagnosis and treatment.  

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for each of the following projects.

Closing date: Thursday 8 February 2018

Studentships will start on 17 September 2018

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 2nd April 2018 at the latest.

Birds in a Dynamic Landscape: Aeroecology along and Beyond the Humber Estuary

The Humber estuary is rich in resident bird life and represents a significant corridor for migratory species. However, it is also a highly dynamic and industrialised landscape thus presents a mix of risks, challenges and benefits to the birds that use it. Conversely, the presence of resident and migratory birds along the estuary raises issues for industrial development and, potentially, human and livestock health.

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for each of the following projects.

Closing date: Thursday 8 February 2018

Studentships will start on 17 September 2018

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 2nd April 2018 at the latest.

Offshore Wind Energy Operations and Maintenance

The UK is leading the world in the deployment of offshore wind energy and Hull is at the centre of the industry, with the largest companies in the sector based in the region (Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Ørsted). The University of Hull is working with these companies and other leading organisations to support the development of the industry through Aura

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for each of the following projects.

Closing date: Thursday 8 February 2018

Studentships will start on 17 September 2018

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 2nd April 2018 at the latest.

North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities

North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities

The North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities, led by the University of Hull, invites high-quality proposals from applicants for up to 12 PhD studentships tenable for three years from 1 October 2018. Applicants apply to the Consortium and successful candidates are admitted to the university with the most appropriate supervision, with co-supervision at another member university. All students will undertake common cohort-based postgraduate training in research impact, public engagement, entrepreneurship and digital humanities, and will have access to facilities and research support at the other Consortium members.

The Consortium invites proposals for research in and across the boundaries of the disciplines it represents, which include:

  • Art and Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Arts and New Media
  • Drama and Performing Arts
  • English Language and Literature
  • Film
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Music

The Consortium is also particularly interested in proposals which address the following themes:

  • Identity and Hybridity Studies
  • Mobility and Migration Studies
  • Transnationality Studies
  • Social, Cultural & Environmental Sustainability Studies
  • Creativity in Cultures & Communities

The Studentships are open to Home or EU applicants, who should hold at least a good undergraduate and a Master’s qualification (or be completing their programme), and can be held either full-time or part-time.  They include fees and stipend (living expenses) at the UK Research Council rate.

To apply, please use the form and guidelines on the NECAH website.

Contact necah@hull.ac.uk for further guidance.

Deadline for application and submission of references: 12th February 2018 at 5pm.

Interviews will be held in early March 2018.

AHRC Heritage Consortium

AHRC Heritage Consortium

The Heritage Consortium (Bradford, Hull, Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam and Teesside universities) invites high-quality proposals for up to 11 PhD studentships tenable for three years from 1 October 2018. Applications are submitted to the Consortium. Successful candidates are admitted to the member university that has the most appropriate supervisory expertise, with specialist co-supervision provided by another consortium partner. All students undertake common cohort-based training in Heritage Research, and have access to facilities and research support at the other Consortium members and their network of heritage organisations.

The Consortium invites research proposals in and across the boundaries of the following subject areas, relating to Heritage:

  • Archaeology
  • Archives
  • Cultural History
  • Cultural Geography
  • Cultural Studies and Popular Culture    
  • Museum & Gallery Studies
  • Economic & Social History
  • Heritage Management                             

How to Apply

Applicants must ensure they meet the AHRC’s eligibility criteria eligibility criteria (TGC 6, Student eligibility).

The Studentships are open to Home or EU applicants, who should hold a good undergraduate degree, together with a Master’s qualification attained or on schedule to be completed, and/or equivalent professional experience. Studentships can be held either full-time or part-time.  They include stipend (living expenses) at the UK Research Council rate and tuition fees, or tuition fees only, determined by the AHRC's criteria.

Please use the form and guidelines on the Heritage Consortium website. Please contact cdtheritage@hull.ac.uk for further guidance or if your questions are not answered by our FAQs

Deadline 5pm Monday 12th February 2018.

Interviews will be held in early March 2017.

Wiseman Khuzwayo PhD Scholarship in Refugees and Human Trafficking

Scholarship in Refugees and Human Trafficking

The Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation seeks applications for the Wiseman Khuzwayo PhD scholarship in the broad interdisciplinary area of refugees and human trafficking. The research will examine the links between migration, trafficking and contemporary slavery. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with interests in the experience of refugees and asylum seekers, forced labour, vulnerability to sexual and criminal exploitation, the impact of interaction with agencies, and victim identification and care (including the safeguarding of children). 

ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships

ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships

The University of Hull is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership - a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, Bradford and Manchester Metropolitan University - and through this is able to offer a range of ESRC Postgraduate Scholarships. To be considered for this funding, you must submit an application for PhD study to the University of Hull by 24 January (at 5 pm).

ESRC-funded postgraduates follow a 3-year PhD programme (known as a '+3') or a 4-year programme consisting of a Masters plus PhD (known as a '1+3'). Applicants are invited to submit a proposal that fits into one of the following interdisciplinary pathways.  Studentships have to be based in the subject area listed below for a given pathway, but can be co-supervised by a member of staff from a different disciplinary background. Applicants are strongly advised to a potential supervisor for support in designing their project. Please follow the appropriate links for further information.