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

Value of 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.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

September 2018 for three years

Application closing date

Closing date is midnight on Saturday 31 March 2018 (BST). Interviews will take place during April/May 2018


Six studentships are available (from 10 projects)  based on IAFRI’s current studentship themes

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

You will be based at either Newcastle University or Fera Science Ltd in York.


IAFRI (A joint venture between Fera Science Ltd and Newcastle University)

Name of supervisor(s)

Details of supervisors can be found on the individual project outlines

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.

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

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

Eligible Courses