Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering



An outstanding environment for scholarship, discovery and impact.

World-leading research

Our research groups nurture new areas of discovery and scholarly excellence and are key to our culture. We foster collegiality and hold the highest standards of research integrity as a core value.

This is essential to the realisation of 4* research and impact case studies for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Talented researchers

We also believe our postgraduate research students are the engine room of our research. We offer a wide range of PhD and other postgraduate research opportunities, along with a Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme for all postgraduate researchers.

Research staff are supported at all career stages, through an integrated programme of fellowships, training opportunities and investment.

In early 2019, the University launched a new £30million scheme to attract up to 100 Research Fellows, in addition to planned academic appointments. The scheme includes start-up funds, mentoring and encouragement to work with our overseas campuses and international partners.

EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship - 2022

Closing date: 18th May 2022 

Please ensure that you read the scheme guidance: Doctoral Prize -guidelines 2022-23 entry

Apply via our recruitment portal: Jobs at Newcastle University (ncl.ac.uk)

Newcastle University invites applications for the prestigious EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship. The Fellowship is an opportunity for EPSRC-funded PhD students to receive 24 months of additional support following the successful completion of their PhD. It is expected that the appointed Fellow will commence their position in the 2022/23 academic year. Earliest start date available is 1st October 2022. 

The Fellowship is aimed at increasing the impact of the PhD in terms of publications, knowledge transfer and outreach, and is also designed to act as a first step towards an independent research career.You will be required to propose a novel research project in an area that fits within the EPSRC’s funding remit

As well as undertaking significant new work the Fellowship can also be used to complete key publications resulting from the PhD, develop research networks, facilitate knowledge transfer, and deliver outreach activities. The scheme is designed to offer support and flexibility and the applicant should outline the exact details of the fellowship. 

To be considered, you should identify an appropriate academic member of staff, referred to as a ‘Project Sponsor.’ They will be a Newcastle University employee and you should approach them in advance of applying to discuss your planned research proposal. Your Project Sponsor must be willing to support your project and, where appropriate, host the project in their research facilities.

The following forms must be completed alongside your application. Please email these to sagepgdean@ncl.ac.uk  

 Doctoral Prize - project proposal form 2022

 Doctoral prize - Project Sponsor nomination form 2022

 Doctoral prize - Head of School Support form 2022

The Fellowship will be funded for a maximum period of 24 months and will have a minimum starting salary of £31,406 (pro rata for part time requirements). You will also receive a minimum of £5,000 towards associated consumables, travel and outreach activities. 

EPSRC students who have not carried out their PhD studies at Newcastle University are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Newcastle University values individual differences and the diversity that this brings. We want to ensure that no-one is at a disadvantage because of who they are. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, and requests for flexible study (e.g. part-time) are welcomed. 

For all enquiries, please contact sagepgdean@ncl.ac.uk  

Investing in research capacity

We continue to invest in our estate to provide the facilities required by our staff.

The £58million Urban Sciences Building (USB), is an award winning teaching, research and innovation space on the Newcastle Helix site. The USB is not only home to the School of Computing, it's also the base for the:

The Helix site is also home to the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and the National Innovation Centre for Data, based within the award-winning building, The Catalyst.

In Summer 2018, a major donation from two University alumni was the catalyst to begin the development of our One Planet research and teaching hub.  This £2million project brings together geologists, biologists, chemists and archaeologists to address the question of how our planet can support a human population of more than 9 billion by 2050.

A £2million project is also underway to create a Centre for Biosystems Science and Engineering, which will bring together researchers from biology, computing, environmental engineering, ecology and archaeology. 

We've recently launched our second generation of High Performance Computing, and are underway with a programme of investment in our NU Smart Farms to create an international centre of excellence in agritech and farming systems.

The Newcastle Research and Innovation Institute in Singapore is a £1.5million investment to support postgraduate research and teaching, Continuing Professional Development (CPD), research and industrial collaboration. It is a wonderful facility that is helping to increase the volume and strength of our international connections.

Fully-realised research impact

We have strong collaborations with industry and public sector organisations, which underpin our impact work.

To help share our research excellence, we maximise our use of Open Access and Open Data arrangements. A blog and podcast series are helping to open up our research.

We have also attracted more than £1.4million of EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account funding and our Business Development Team ensure impact is covered in contracts and licensing deals, which assists in the easier delivery of case studies for REF.