Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation


PhD Opportunities 2018

Studentships are normally available for 3 year PhDs covering tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,553.

Six PhD Studentships within The Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI)

A total of ten studentships projects to choose from based on IAFRI’s current studentship themes :

A maximum of 6 studentships will be awarded. Students will be based at Newcastle University or Fera Science Ltd in York.

Person Specification and Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, a first-class or upper-second-class honors degree in a relevant subject or international equivalent as described in the Full Project Proposal.
Applications from both UK/EU and other non-EU international applicants will be considered; however, as this studentship only covers UK/EU fees, the difference in fees for non-EU international students will need to be met by the applicant.

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 (e-mail to

We encourage students to apply for a maximum of TWO projects.

The online application system will only allow one application for an IAFRI studentship. If you are applying for TWO projects then you will need to e-mail Postgraduate Admissions and Steven Hall with the following information:

  • your applicant number (from the first project application)
  • the second project title
  • a two page covering letter for the second project

Please also include 'nes003' in the email header


Steven Hall
Institute Manager
Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation
IAFRI +44 (0) 191 208 7962