STFC postgraduate studentships are awarded to enable promising scientists and engineers to continue training beyond a first degree. We award studentship funding directly to universities and research organisations and not to individual students. If you are interested in applying for an STFC-funded PhD, please contact the institution at which you wish to undertake a research degree directly.

Rules and regulations

All studentship projects supported through STFC funding must fall within STFC remit.

Invitation to bid for a Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science

Invitations are sought for a new STFC Centre for Doctoral Training in data intensive science, to commence in October 2017. Further details are available here.

STFC Support for Short Courses and Summer Schools

The STFC’s Education, Training and Careers Committee has in recent years supported well-established short courses and summer schools. The date for the next call for bids against its budget for short courses and summer schools to be held in 2017 will be announced shortly.

Postgraduate training and skills

Postgraduate training programmes must provide appropriate opportunities for students to become effective researchers,to enhance their employability and assist their career progress after completion of their degree.

Accreditation of departments’ training quality

STFC requires greater assurance over the quality of the training a department provides for their students. All departments need to pass accreditation before they are entered into the studentship algorithm to receive a studentship allocation. Further details can be found on our accreditation webpage.

Statement of Expectations for Doctoral Training

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has unveiled its Statement of Expectations for Doctoral Training, which sets out common principles for all Research Council-funded students.

The single statement provides clarity on expectations of research organisations, students and their training environment.

Common Studentships Language

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has set out Common Terminology for the different approaches to funding postgraduate training taken by the Research Councils. It provides clarity and consistency for postgraduate students and higher education institutions.

PhD Student Questionnaire

STFC funded students are expected to complete an annual survey giving their views on their experience of the training provided by universities. The Education, Training and Careers Committee is keen to receive this feedback to monitor and evaluate STFC’s postgraduate studentship programme. Analyses of the response to previous questionnaires can be found on our PhD Student Questionnaire web page.

Useful links

Reports and publications


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