BBSRC Award schemes are for PhD studentships of various types:

Doctoral Training Partnerships
The partnerships work with us to ensure PhD students are trained in areas aligning with our Strategic Plan, and that strategically-important skill areas are addressed.
The current awards support a total of 220 four-year studentships p.a. for three intakes from October 2012 and are awarded as single profiled training grants. The funding for each student’s experimental costs has increased from £1k to £5k annually. Each student will take a three-month internship during their PhD, to experience working in an area not directly related to their PhD project.
The normal flexibility of research council training grants applies, enabling institutions to part-fund studentships from other sources.

CASE Studentships
CASE studentships (formerly known as ‘Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering’) are collaborative training grants that provide students with a first-rate challenging research training experience, allowing top quality bioscience graduates to undertake research, leading to a PhD, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between academic and partner organisations.

Targeted Priority Studentships
Targeted Priority Studentships are awarded in areas that BBSRC recognises requires building of capacity and expertise. These studentships, of which there are around 35 awarded per annum, are usually awarded alongside pre-existing initiatives and schemes, including the Research and Technology Clubs and the Knowledge Based Bioeconomy priority area of the strategic Longer Larger (sLOLA) grants scheme.

Industrial CASE Awards
Proposals can be submitted by either an industrial company or an individual academic supervisor.

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

BBSRC does not deal directly with individuals who want to apply for studentships. Studentships are allocated to supervisors at universities and other institutions, and students must apply to them.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Polaris House
North Star Avenue
+44 (0)1793 413200
+44 (0)1793 413201
[email protected]

Funding Notes

Candidates for a studentship must have a “relevant connection” with the United Kingdom (UK) at the date of application. A relevant connection is established where:
the candidate has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the three year period preceding the date of application for a studentship; and
the candidate has not been so resident during any part of that three year period wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education; and
the candidate is not subject under UK immigration laws to any restriction on the period for which the candidate may stay.

Funding Information

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