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Norma Ann Christie Scholarship in Low Temperature Plasma Physics


Norma Ann Christie Scholarship in Low Temperature Plasma Physics

We are very happy to acknowledge the generous donation from the Christie family. This donation funds a 3 year PhD scholarship open to UK and EU students providing a great opportunity for a talented young researcher. The most recent donation is helping support a PhD student working on plasma propulsion. 

"I graduated from York over 20 years ago and after reconnecting with the university I spent a few hours visiting the Plasma Institute. I was so impressed and inspired by the phenomenal research taking place that I left knowing that I had to support in some way. Providing financial support towards PhD scholars within this wonderful area gives me a real sense of pride, knowing that I play a small part in enabling this work to progress further. I would encourage others to learn more about the variety of amazing research that's taking place at York." - Mark Christie   



Studentship: To be considered, select a project from the list available and submit an application through the University of York online system .

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.

Closing date: Dependent on the project

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.

Queries: If you have any queries about the studentships, please contact

Available Projects



Project Title: Low temperature plasma induced CO2 conversion for green value-added chemical del (PDF , 6,687kb)LTP Studentship Advert CO2 (PDF , 6,687kb)

Supervisor: Timo Gans


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Project Title: Low temperature plasma nitrogen fixation for agricultural applications (PDF , 6,809kb)

Supervisor: Deborah O'Connell


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Plasma Propulsion

Project Title: Low-temperature Plasmas for Electric Propulsion (PDF , 315kb)


Supervisor: Dr James Dedrick



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Project Title: Plasma-Enhanced Pulsed Laser Deposition of metal-oxynitride thin films for photoelectrochemical water splitting to enable a hydrogen economy

Supervisor: Dr Erik Wagenaars


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How to Apply

To apply for admission as a student on our research programmes you will need to provide : a fully completed application form, a CV, an official academic transcript (or interim document if you have not yet received your reward) and the contact details of two academic referees.  Once we have your application form, one reference, your CV and transcripts we can forward your details to an academic for consideration.

On your application form please include information on the research projects, or areas in which you are interested.  Most members of academic staff have profiles listed in the York Research Database with information on their research interests and external activities.  We encourage you to do some ‘research’ on our academics to find out who would be most suitable to supervise your PhD. Please try to include the name of your preferred supervisor on your application.

Visiting Students

We also welcome visiting students from across the world. Further information on the scheme and information on how to apply can be found on the Visiting Students page.

Entry requirements: English Language

For applicants whose native language is not English the Department of Physics's minimum English language requirements is aligned with the University's minimum English language standards. These are: 

  • IELTS: 6.0 (in the 'Academic' test): Listening – 5.5, Reading – 5.5, Speaking – 5.5 and Writing – 5.5
  • Pearson: 55 (PTE Academic): Listening – 51, Reading – 51, Speaking – 51 and Writing – 51
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): C
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A
  • GSCE/IGCSE in English Language: C