Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation


PhD Opportunities 2019

Studentships are normally available for 3 year PhDs covering tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009.

Studentship within The Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI)

Value of award

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend of £15,009

Number of award

Five awards – from ten project options

Start date and duration

September 23rd For 3 years

Project Description 

Funding for 5 studentships, with 10 projects to choose from:
 Students will be based at Fera Science Ltd in York or Newcastle University (see project pages).

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.

Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees. 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

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk in the application portal must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code XXXX in the programme of study section (codes listed on the project pages)
  • select ‘PhD Chemistry’ as the programme of study, for example (correct study programmes can be found in the project pages)
  • insert the studentship code xxxx in the studentship/partnership reference field (codes listed on the project pages)
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code xxxx and state how your interests and experience relate to the project (codes listed on the project pages)
  • 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 no more than two of the above 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 the code 'xxxx' in the email header (code listed on the project pages)

Closing Date for Applications

Closing date is Midnight on Sunday 7th April 2019 (BST). Interviews will take place during April/May 2019


Steven Hall
Institute Manager
Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation
Agriculture Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne

IAFRI +44 (0) 191 208 7962