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Newcastle Neuroscience Fund PhD Scheme 2023 Entry


Newcastle Neuroscience Fund PhD Scheme 2023 Entry

The Centre for Transformative Neuroscience is offering up to three PhD studentships in Neuroscience for entry in September 2023. They will be supported by the Newcastle Neuroscience Fund, made possible by the generosity of an anonymous benefactor.

The studentships will be awarded in open competition. They are available for projects in diverse areas of neuroscience. These involve cutting edge biological or computational approaches. They will be supervised by established research leaders and up-and-coming researchers from across the University.

Each studentship provides:

  • A stipend (£18,543 p.a. for 2022/23)
  • Standard home fees. Applications are welcome from students in all countries. Students from outside the UK will pay full international fees. International students may be eligible to apply for a Newcastle University Scholarship to cover the additional cost
  • A research allowance of £5000 p.a.

The projects are listed below, click on the links to find out more about them.

Find out more details about the PhD studentships and how they will be awarded. Please also see our PhD Studentship FAQs.

When you are ready to apply, please follow the instructions in How to apply.



You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a subject relevant to the project (please contact the supervisors if you are unsure). A further qualification such as an MRes, or other research experience, is advantageous.

How to apply

Please read and follow all these instructions carefully.

To apply, email your application to

The subject line of your email must state:

  • Neuroscience PhD Scheme 2023
  • the number of your chosen project e.g., Neuroscience PhD Scheme 2023 Project 1 followed by the surname of the lead supervisor 

Please attach the following documents zipped into a single zip file:

  1. A completed Newcastle Neuroscience PhD Application Form 2023
  2. Your CV (including contact details for at least two academic (or other relevant) referees)
  3. A covering letter – this should explain your particular interest in the projects selected. It should also include any additional information you feel is pertinent to your application
  4. Copies of relevant undergraduate degree transcripts and certificate
  5. A copy of your passport (photo page)
  6. Your English language certificate (IELTS or TOEFL certificate, where applicable)

The Application Process

What happens to my application after the closing date?

All completed applications will be screened by the Centre for Transformative Neuroscience for eligibility. Following this:

  • applications are scored by the supervisors and selection panel to arrive at a short list

  • the highest-ranking candidates in the short listed will be invited to meet the supervisor of their selected project and to a panel interview. Meetings and interviews may take place in person or via Zoom depending on circumstances

If I am invited to interview, what does the interview process involve?

The interview will last approximately 30-45 minutes. The interview format will involve:

  • a short presentation by you describing a previous research project you’ve worked on. This includes a succinct description of how you contributed to the research. You'll use screen share mode on the online platform if used
  • around 30 minutes of questions from a panel of academics

What happens after the interview?

Following the interviews, the candidates will be scored based on their performance at interview.

  • once all scores have been collated (each member of the panel gives their own scores)
  • when all the factors have been considered, the candidates will be ranked

Offers to candidates will be made according to the rankings.

PhD Studentship FAQs