SoCoBio BBSRC doctoral training partnership scholarships (2020)

The University of Sussex is a member of the SoCoBio Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council. Successful applicants follow a four-year research skills training programme and will have their PhD tuition fees and living allowance (currently £15,009 for 2019-20) covered for the four years. They will also have access to further funds for research expenses. They will benefit from laboratory rotations in year one, a placement, taught modules in entrepreneurship and data management and from Socobio summer schools and conferences.

Type of award

PhD scholarship

PhD project

All students will have supervisors from at least 2 SoCoBio partner instiutions and will follow the 4 year SoCoBio training programme with taught modules and two laboratory rotations in year one.

The advertised projects led by Sussex supervisors are:

The roles of evolutionarily conserved microRNAs in feeding and nutrition – from flies to mammals (Prof Claudio Alonso)

The role of the nucleus accumbens in stimulus-controlled appetite and satiety (Dr Eisuke Koya)

Regulating RNA stability to increase protein production of cells under stress conditions (CASE project) (Prof Sarah Newbury)

A novel regulator of axon pathfinding in the brain: Regulation of axon-matrix interactions by the signalling protein alpha2-chimaerin (Prof Sarah Guthrie)

The influence of oxidative stress on protein structure and assembly (Prof Louise Serpell)

Prediction of drug-induced renal injury using machine learning applied to in vitro and in silico parameters (CASE project) (Dr Taravat Ghafourian)

From atomic to in vivo: a characterization of ILF3 nucleic-acids interactions in the context of eukaryotic transcription regulation( Dr Erika Mancini)

How does a mild restriction in blood supply constrain hippocampal function? (Dr Catherine Hall)


PhD studentships cover fees and a maintenance allowance (currently £15,009) and support funding.


SoCoBio studentships are open to UK and EU students who meet the residency requirements set out in the RCUK Conditions of Research Council Training Grants





28 January 2020 0:00 (GMT)

How to apply

The SoCoBio studentship competition is now open for applications.

Further information about applications and about the SoCoBio progamme is available on the SoCoBio website

Contact us

Amanda Britt, Research and Enterprise

01273 678498

Further information on SoCoBio


The timetable is as follows:


Deadline for online applications

January 28th 2020

Deadline for references

February 25th 2020

Interviews at Southampton

February 26th and 27th 2020 (one   day only)

Open days/evenings at host Institutions

February 2020

Offer made to successful candidates

March 6th 2020

Deadline to accept SoCoBio offer naming 3 preferred   project rotations

March 20th 2020

Deadline for an offer a PhD place at preferred host   institution

March 31st 2020



At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
28 January 2020 0:00 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from these specific countries: