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Fully-funded research

There are a number of studentships and scholarships available to support research leading to a PhD. A combination of your nationality and residency status in the UK will determine which source of funding you are eligible for.


Information regarding eligibility for various funding sources is available on each project description. 

Entry Requirements

Students with, or expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in biosciences, are invited to apply. 

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. For more information see our Postgraduate English language requirements. 


Prior to submitting an application, please try to identify a research project of your interest and email a two-page academic CV along with a brief supporting statement about why you would be suitable and are interested in the project, to the appropriate academic member of staff for discussion. If you are interested in more than one project, rather than applying to several, we would encourage informal discussions with different project supervisors to help you decide which is the most appropriate project. Contact details for the relevant academic member of staff can be found on each project description.

Eligibility can vary across projects, so please check the details before applying. 

Doctoral Training Programmes 

NERC DTP in Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE)

BBSRC White Rose DTP (WR DTP) in Mechanistic Biology

Other fully-funded projects

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To submit your application, please click on the 'APPLY ONLINE' button inside the project description.  This will take you to the application form. It is very important that you write the title of the project you are applying to and the names of the project supervisors. . 

After you have applied, your potential supervisor will assess your application and all the relevant documents, including two academic references. Project supervisors can only put forward 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. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview to take place usually between February and April. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to make a 5 or 7 minute presentation on a research project they have undertaken.

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 2 weeks.

Contact us

If you have any questions about fully-funded research please feel free to contact the Biology Postgraduate Admissions team.

  • Postal address:
    Biology Graduate Office
    Department of Biology
    University of York
    YO10 5DD
    United Kingdom
  • Tel: +44 (0)1904 328 546
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