Our doctoral training centres and partnerships
You want to make breakthroughs and inspire others. We want to help you do it. That’s why we’re committed to helping you get the funding you need. Below are some of our largest doctoral training grants, plus links to our complete range of PhD scholarships.
As an international student you may be eligible for funding from your country.
Some of our scholarships are funded, or jointly-funded by Sussex and external funding bodies. Current international funding bodies include:
be.AI Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships (Leverhulme Trust)
be.AI – biomimetic embodied Artificial Intelligence – is a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship programme. Over a period of seven years we will train 18 scholars in a unique interdisciplinary environment involving supervisors from many Schools and Departments at Sussex.
CHASE (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council)
We co-ordinate the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and host 5 to 12 scholarships each year at Sussex.
Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACyT)
If you are a research student from Mexico, you may be eligible for the CONACyT scholarship.
CONACyT offers a scholarship programme to help further scientific and technological innovation in Mexico.
DISCnet CDT (STFC)
The Data Intensive Science Centre in the South East Physics Network – DISCnet – funds 4 year studentships in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology which have a significant data science element. The DISCnet consortium is led by Southampton with Sussex, Portsmouth, Queen Mary University of London, and Open University as partners. Students follow a four-year programme including some intensive taught courses and 6 months of industry placements.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership (EPSRC DTP)
The Sussex EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership supports PhD students conducting research in a number of subject areas. These include: Informatics, Engineering, Chemistry, Maths and Quantum Physics.
SoCoBio (BBSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership
The University of Sussex is a member of the SoCoBio Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC). Successful applicants in the Schools of Life Sciences, Psychology and Medicine follow a four-year research skills training programme. They will benefit from laboratory rotations in year one, a placement outside academia, taught modules in entrepreneurship and data management and from Socobio summer schools and conferences.
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) studentships
The Science and Technology Facilities Council provides funding for doctoral scholarships through a number of grants to Sussex.
Grants are for PhD students in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and, in particular, research programmes in theoretical and experimental particle physics and astronomy and cosmology.
South-East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS)
We offer 6 cohorts of fully-funded scholarships in 12 social science research disciplines. Scholarships are for 3 years for a PhD programme or for four years for a Master’s + PhD programme.
UKRI Food Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (PSFF)
The ‘Partnership for Sustainable Food Future – Centre for Doctoral Training (PSFF)’ offers 4 year scholarships focussing on novel ideas to transform the UK food systems. Students will have the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary projects across the social and natural sciences, reshaping how we make, transport and consume our food.
Other funding opportunities
You can also check the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online for other funding opportunities.
The guide features alternative sources of funding, comprehensive guidance written by successful applicants, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application.
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