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James Burgess Scholarship


We in the Department of Biology are proud to acknowledge the generous donation from the Burgess family made in the memory of James Burgess. The donation funds a 3 year PhD scholarship open to UK and EU students giving talented young researchers a chance to develop their research skills. The most recent donation is funding a research student to work on the increasingly urgent problem of antibiotic resistance. 


Studentship: The next round of applications is likely to be in 2019. To be considered you need to select a suitable project from the list available and submit an application through the University of York online system. Please check the 'How to apply' tab before submitting your application. 

Value: The studentship is fully funded by the Department of Biology and covers: (i) a tax-free annual stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£14,296 for 2016-2017 but typically increases annually in line with inflation), (ii) research costs, and (iii) tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

Eligibility: UK and EU students only.

Entry requirements: Students with, or expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply. Please check the 'How to apply' tab for further details.

Closing date:  Applications are now closed.

Shortlisting: Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date and successful applicants will be notified promptly.

Interviews: Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview to take place at the University of York. Video interviews can be arranged for EU applicants who live outside of the UK. Candidates will be asked to give a 10 minute presentation prior their interview by an academic panel.

Queries: If you have any queries about this studentship, please contact

Available Projects

Our 3-year fully funded Department of Biology PhD Studentship offers projects across areas of biology and biochemistry. The next round of applications is likely to be in 2019.


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Before you apply

Applications are made via our "Select" (our University's Online Application Service). Your application can be completed in stages as our online system allows you to save your progress and come back later to finish it. We do not require you to provide a sample of written work.

Academic requirements

Students applying for this research programme should normally have obtained an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).


Only UK and EU students are eligible to apply.

Selecting a project

Please try to identify a research project that suits you.  This is to ensure a proper match between your research interests and your prospective supervisors. We do not encourage applications to more than one project however we would 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.


The next round of applications is likely to be in 2019. 

After you apply

Once your application has been received, it will be assessed by the appropriate project supervisors. You might be asked to take part in a telephone or skype interview to discuss your suitability for the project. The strongest applications will be then forwarded to the Seletion Panel for shortlisting. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited for a formal interview where you will be required to make a 10 minute presentation to the panel. The interviews will take place in the Department of Biology.  Video interviews can be arranged for EU applicants who live outside of the UK. You will 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 will be required to confirm your intention to accept the studentship within 10 days.

If you have any queries related to the application process please contact our Biology Admissions Office

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