James Burgess scholarship

The James Burgess scholarship fully funds a PhD project across areas of biology, biochemistry and biomedical sciences under the common theme of antibiotic resistance

  • Funding: A tax-free annual stipend at the standard UKRI rate (£15,285 for 2020/21 entry), research and training costs and tuition fees at UK rate.
  • Academic year: 2021/22
  • Open to: UK (home) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate research
Applications for 2021/22 are closed.

This scholarship programme is philanthropically-funded by Ashley and Gill Burgess, in memory of their son James. The scholarship funds a three year PhD studentship open to UK students giving talented young researchers a chance to develop their research skills.

Ashley and Gill set up the James Burgess Scholarship Fund in 1999. During that 20 year period this scholarship programme has made a real difference to the lives of postgraduate students and advancement of our understanding of biological systems, most recently antibiotic resistance.

The Department would like to thank Ashley, Gill and their daughter Sara for their generosity, continued friendship and interest in this programme.

"It's not hyperbole to say that my whole career to date would not have been possible, and would not have happened as it did, without the Burgess family sponsoring me through my PhD at the University of York."
- James Burgess Scholar


Open to UK (home) students only.

Open to students in the Department of Biology.

You can apply if you have, or are expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this programme we welcome applications if your background is in any biological, chemical or physical science or mathematics and are interested in using your skills in addressing biological questions.

The Department of Biology at the University of York is committed to recruiting extraordinary future scientists regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or career pathway to date. We understand that commitment and excellence can be shown in many ways and have built our recruitment process to reflect this. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in science, who have curiosity, creativity and a drive to learn new skills.


How to apply

Application deadline: Sunday 4 April 2021, 11.59pm BST

To submit your application, click on the 'apply now' button inside the project description.  This will take you to the University's online application system. Please select either '2021 October, full-time' or '2021 October, part-time' as your start date and then click on the 'start application' button.

It's very important that you write the title of the project you're applying to and the names of the project supervisors.

How we allocate

Supervisors can only nominate one student for consideration per project. Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date and successful applicants are normally notified promptly. Nominated applicants will be invited for an interview, where you are expected to give a 10 minute presentation to an academic panel. Interviews will take place in April/May 2021. Please note only one student will be offered the scholarship.

You'll be notified as soon as possible after the interview dates whether your application has been successful, placed on a reserve list or unsuccessful. If you are successful, you'll be required to confirm your intention to accept the scholarship within 10 days.

Terms and conditions

The tax-free annual stipend at the standard UK Research and Innovation rate typically increases annually in line with inflation.

This scholarship is fully-funded for three years. You will have an additional 12 months (unfunded) to complete the writing up of your thesis. If you're in receipt of this award you'll be expected to present annual progress reports to the donors of the funding.

Contact details

Biology Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1904 32 8546

The James Burgess scholarship offers projects across areas of biology, biochemistry and biomedical sciences under the common theme of antibiotic resistance. Please try to identify a research project that suits you, which should ensure a proper match between your research interests and your prospective supervisors.

If you're interested in more than one project we'd encourage informal discussions with different project supervisors to help you decide which project to apply to. Contact details for academic staff can be found on each project description.

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