Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation



We will work to grow the specialist skills base needed to sustain a vibrant agri-food sector.

As part of our longer term research commitment, IAFRI will work to safeguard and grow the specialist skills base needed to sustain a vibrant agri-food sector in the UK.  This will be achieved through a combination of a targeted PhD training programme, as well as postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development training.

Studentship opportunities


The call for the IAFRI-DTP is open for applications with a deadline of 18th November 2022. There are six studentships available and projects should focus on the IAFRI themes of novel foods and feed, biosecurity, soil health, land use and natural capital. Projects can address fundamental or translational research, but all applicants should map a pathway to delivering impact for Fera Science Ltd and its customers, either by generating new IP for commercialisation, expanding its foreground knowledge base or directly/indirectly developing products/services. All projects are collaborative and each studentship is jointly supervised by staff based at Newcastle and Fera Science Ltd.

Find out more about the call and complete the IAFRI Studentship Proposal Form.


The Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) PhD projects 2022.

The Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) is a strategic partnership between Newcastle University and Fera Science Ltd and a unique model for how universities can work with private sector research organisations and industry. It operates under a private-public ownership to deliver both public good research and services as well as innovation and wealth creation in strategically important industrial sectors in the UK. Students will have a unique opportunity to benefit from supervision and facilities at both the Newcastle and Sand Hutton (York) campuses to deliver research with real-world impact.

This year we are advertising 8 projects within this cohort, to fund a maximum of 6 starting in October 2022, which will be based at either Newcastle or Fera (Sand Hutton, York) but with access to facilities at both sites. Regardless of primary location there will be regular training, events and workshops for all students within the IAFRI programme at both Newcastle University and Fera Science Ltd.

Funding and eligibility

IAFRI studentships are funded jointly by Newcastle University and Fera Science Ltd for 3 years. Funding will cover stipend, tuition fees and research consumables at the UK rate only. IAFRI studentships are available to both UK and international applicants. Residency rules apply. International and EU fee rate candidates will need to cover additional costs.

Entry Requirements

We are looking for highly motivated individuals who have or are expecting to attain at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and with experience in/an aspiration to work in or alongside industry. Please apply by midnight on Monday 14th March and contact the relevant lead supervisor once you have submitted an application.

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.

You will need to:

  • Insert the relevant programme code in the programme of study section (see project description for code)
  • Select the relevant programme of study (see project description for code)
  • Insert the relevant studentship code in the studentship/partnership reference field (see project description for code)
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the project reference code you are applying for, 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


We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all areas of our community regardless of; age, disability, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation, amongst other protected characteristics.