Available PhD opportunities

Discover the studentships we currently have available and find out more about our involvement with a range of Doctoral Training Partnerships and similar schemes.

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Current studentship opportunities

Our studentships are usually advertised in the autumn of each year, with deadlines in January, and projects beginning the following academic year. This page will be updated when the next call for applications is launched. 

Below is a sample of our recent PhD studentships to give you an idea of the range of topics we supervise.

Potential supervisors or students interested in working with us on a science PhD are invited to contact our Doctoral Partnership Manager (sciencetraining@kew.org). Those interested in working with us on a PhD in the arts, humanities or social sciences are invited to contact the Interdisciplinary Research team (planthumanities@kew.org) to discuss project proposals.

Doctoral training partnerships

Kew partners with more than 50 universities across the UK and internationally to deliver outstanding doctoral training to the next generation of researchers.

In the UK, Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) and Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDPs) are a key part of how we do this, providing excellent research, professional, technical and personal development training in a multi-disciplinary environment. All of these schemes are funded via UKRI research councils. Recruitment usually starts in the autumn a year before the intended start date, with a January application deadline and interviews/selection in the spring. Below is a list of the schemes we participate in; please follow the links for further information about each.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) partnerships:

London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (LIDo)

Norwich Research Park DTP

East of Scotland Bioscience (EASTBIO) DTP

Other sources of funding

The Emily Holmes Memorial Scholarship is administered by Kew and open to PhD students. For more information visit our bursaries page. It is also worth looking on the website of your partner university for other sources of funding.

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