White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology


We offer a range of projects with cross-disciplinary supervision.  Our research spans the Faculties of Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Environment and Medicine and Health.

Project description

The University of Leeds forms part of the White Rose Universities Doctoral Training Programme. The programme will fund interdisciplinary studentships in three priority areas, Agriculture and Food Security, Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, and World Class Bioscience.

We offer a 4-year fully-funded programme of integrated research and skills training, with cross-disciplinary supervision and a 3 month professional internship with an external organisation. 

Up to 50 projects are available.

These Projects are competitive studentships and are funded by BBSRC. You will receive the following:

  • Tax-free Stipend at the standard Research Council rate for 4 years
  • Research Costs for 4 years
  • Tuition Fees at the UK/EU rate for 4 years
  • Conference and PIPS allowance

Key benefits

Fully funded PhD studentship Programme of integrated research and skills training 3 month professional internship

Entry requirements

Candidates should have, or be expecting, at least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent. We welcome students with backgrounds in biological, chemical or physical sciences, or mathematical backgrounds with an interest in biological questions. EU candidates require 3 years of UK residency in order to receive full studentship If English is not your first language you will be required to meet our language entry requirements before registration.

How to apply

There are two forms to complete

Online PhD application.

White Rose application form 

Both forms must be completed by the deadline of 7th Jan 2019

When applying for the PhD place, please select PhD in Biological Sciences. In the funding section please indicate that you are applying for the BBSRC DTP. You do not need to upload any documents to the online application or provide a research proposal.

After you complete the Online PhD application you will receive an ID number (also referred to as a Banner ID).  This is usually a 9 digit number in the format 20xxxxxxx.  This is required for the White Rose application form

Please complete the White Rose application form and email to fbsgrad@leeds.ac.uk

Please include the following documents in your email:

  • Transcripts. If you have not yet graduated, please provide details of marks to date. 
  • CV
  • If English is not your first language and you have a valid test, please include your IELTS/TOEFL Certificate (or alternative proof of language)

The White Rose form is one of the key ways we assess your application, so please take care in your responses and do not exceed the word limits. 

Please send the reference form to your referees and ask them to complete and return to us by the 16th Jan 2019. All references must be emailed to fbsgrad@leeds.ac.uk

How to apply (email)


How to apply (phone)

+44 (0)113 343 8186