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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. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 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.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has set out Common Terminology (PDF) 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.

Information for STFC funded PhD students

If you are a STFC funded PhD student you will find more useful information regarding your STFC studentship on our Information for STFC funded PhD students page.

Useful links

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.  Details of the most recent schools and details of future calls to bid to host a school can be found on the summer school webpage.

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.

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.

Careers event for STFC-funded early career researchers

A video recording of the careers event for STFC PhD students held in London on 19 October 2016 is available on the Royal Astronomical Society website. A further careers event was held on 4 October 2017 at the Manchester Conference Centre. The next careers event will take place on 31 July 2019 at the Scottish Events Campus in Glasgow.

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