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. Potential students should contact the institution at which they wish to undertake a research degree directly.

Rules and regulations

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

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.

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.

Useful links

Reports and publications


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Fax: +44 (0)1793 442 036
Email: Studentships



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