Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation PhD Studentships in UK, 2018

Six PhD Studentships

Applications are inviting for six PhD studentships within The Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI). A total of ten studentships projects are normally available for 3 year PhDs covering tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,553.

Host College/University:

The Newcastle University is a public research university in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North-East of England. The university can trace its origins to a School of Medicine and Surgery, established in 1834, and to the College of Physical Science, founded in 1871.

Degree level:

Scholarships are available for pursuing PhD programme.

Field of Study:

Six studentships are available (from 10 projects) based on IAFRI’s current studentship themes: Environmental fate of molluscicides – challenging the current risk assessment approach; Packaging with nanomaterials from agri-food by-products for shelf life extension of food and feed; Developing DNA-metabarcoding technologies for the nationwide surveillance of pest and beneficial insects; Modular, cell-free synthetic gene networks to enable rapid deployment of infield diagnostics for plant health monitoring; Druggability assessment of juvenile hormone receptor PAS-B domain for development of next generation insecticides; Development of a detection system for bioinoculants based on “in situ” metatranscriptomics; Exploring receptor divergence between honey bees and mites to target future treatments; Smart Labels for Intelligent Packaging; Characterisation and Performance Of Insect Chitin And Chitosan and Diatom Recording Using Metabarcoding (DRUM).

Scholarship Award:

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend of £14,553 (subject to Research Council UK increase for 2018/19 entry). Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.


This award is available to UK/EU and International candidates.

  • There are six studentships available.
  • Scholarship can be taken in the UK.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must have, or expect to achieve, a first-class or upper-second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or international equivalent.
  • If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.

How to Apply:

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form. Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:

  • Insert the programme code 8010F in the programme of study section
  • Select ‘PhD in Agriculture and Rural Development (FT) – Food and Nutrition’ as the programme of study
  • Insert the studentship code nes003 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • Attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the project (eg Project 10 – Diatom Recording Using Metabarcoding (DRUM)) , quote reference code nes003 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications

You should also send a covering letter and CV to Mr Steven Hall.

Scholarship Official Web Links:

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Scholarship Deadline:

March 31, 2018.

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