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PhD Studentship Schemes 2024 Entry


PhD Studentship Schemes 2024 Entry

Newcastle Centre for Transformative Neuroscience

Newcastle Centre for Transformative Neuroscience invites applications for two PhD Studentship schemes for entry in September 2024.

Newcastle Neuroscience Fund PhD Studentships

Up to three, 3-year PhD studentships in neuroscience. These studentships will be supported by the Newcastle Neuroscience Fund, made possible by the generosity of an anonymous benefactor.

Reece Foundation PhD Studentships in Translational Systems Neuroscience

Up to two, 4-year PhD studentships in translational systems neuroscience. These studentships are offered through the generous support of the Reece Foundation and align the Foundation’s goals to further training in disciplines related to engineering.

Details for both schemes 

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

Each studentship provides:

  • a stipend for living expenses (currently £19544 p.a.)
  • home tuition fees. Applications are welcome from students in all countries. Students from outside the UK will pay full international fees. International students will be eligible to apply for a Newcastle University Scholarship to cover the additional cost
  • a research support allowance of £5000 p.a.

The projects for both schemes are listed separately on this page. You can to find out more about them by visiting the links provided.

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.

Neuroscience Fund Studentship Projects

Reece Foundation Studentship Projects


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.

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide a recognised English language test or qualification. We require a IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or equivalent, with at least IELTS 5.5 or equivalent in each of the four sub-skills. 

You can find full details of the English language requirements and exemptions on the International Students section of our website.

How to apply

Please read these instructions carefully before you begin your application, and ensure you complete all the steps required.

To apply for the Neuroscience Fund scheme

Choose which project you wish to apply for (you may apply for one project only)

Complete and submit the Neuroscience Fund scheme form to apply.

To apply for the Reece Foundation scheme

Choose which project you wish to apply for (you may apply for one project only)

Complete and submit the Reece Foundation scheme form to apply.

Further requirements for both schemes

You must also submit the following documents by email in a single .zip file attachment:

  • Your CV (including contact details for at least two academic (or other relevant) referees).
  • A covering letter – this should explain your particular interest in your chosen project. It should also include any additional information you feel is pertinent to your application.
  • Copies of your undergraduate degree transcripts and certificates.
  • A copy of your passport (photo page).
  • Your English language certificate (IELTS or TOEFL certificate, where applicable).

Documents should be submitted as .PDFfiles. Do not submit photos of certificates.

Do not combine all the documents into one .PDF.

Each document type listed should be included in the .zip file and named as follows:

[candidate surname candidate name document type].
For example: Jones Anna CV

Please zip the separate documents into a .zip file. Name the zip file:

surname_name_[project number]

Email your zip file to

The subject line of your email must include:

  • Neuroscience Fund PhD 2024 or Reece Foundation PhD 2024, as appropriate
  • the number of your chosen project
  • the surname of the lead supervisor 
  • e.g. Neuroscience Fund PhD 2024; Project 1; Anand

Applications not meeting these criteria may be rejected.

You will receive confirmation by email that your application has been received. If we require any further information from you about your application, we will be in touch.

You may apply to both schemes, but only if you have the appropriate qualifications and experience for the projects concerned. If you apply to both schemes, you must indicate which scheme is your first preference. You can do this on the application form. We may also ask candidates to transfer from one scheme to the other. Where possible, we aim to place top candidates irrespective of the scheme to which they have applied.

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-list 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 interview candidates are scored by each panel member based on their performance. The scores are collated,and a final ranking is decided, taking all factors into account. Offers are made to candidates according to the rankings. 

PhD Studentship FAQs