SoCoBio Doctoral Training Partnership (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council)
The University of Sussex is a member of the SoCoBio Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC). As a SoCoBio student, you will follow a four-year research skills training programme and will have your PhD tuition fees and living allowance covered for the four years. You will also have access to further funds for research expenses.
All students will have supervisors from at least two SoCoBio partner institutions (Southampton, Kent, Portsmouth, East Malling Research and Sussex) and will follow the 4 year SoCoBio training programme: two laboratory rotations in year one, a placement, taught modules in entrepreneurship and data management and from Socobio summer schools and conferences.
Applications will open in October each year with a deadline for applications in the following January.
How to apply for a SoCoBio scholarship
1. You must apply to the SoCoBio programme rather than directly for a specific project as the final choice of PhD project and of PhD supervisor is made during year one. Details of potential PhD projects and of how to apply are the SoCoBio system are on the SoCoBio website and are listed on the scholarships database.
2. In tandem you can also apply for a PhD place at Sussex using our online application system.
You must indicate on your application form that you intend to apply for a SoCoBio scholarship, giving the title of the project.
You will be invited to an interview as part of your application for a SoCoBio scholarship.
Examples of SoCoBio funded scholarships
Recent SoCoBio projects have included:
- The roles of evolutionarily conserved microRNAs in feeding and nutrition – from flies to mammals
- 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)
- A novel regulator of axon pathfinding in the brain: Regulation of axon-matrix interactions by the signalling protein alpha2-chimaerin
- The influence of oxidative stress on protein structure and assembly
- Prediction of drug-induced renal injury using machine learning applied to in vitro and in silico parameters
- From atomic to in vivo: a characterization of ILF3 nucleic-acids interactions in the context of eukaryotic transcription regulation
- How does a mild restriction in blood supply constrain hippocampal function?
More about the BBSRC
The mission of BBSRC is to lead world-class 21st century bioscience, promoting innovation in the bioeconomy and realising benefits for society within and beyond the UK.