Bell Burnell Diversity PhD studentship in Physics

The Department of Physics is offering a fully-funded PhD studentship to encourage greater diversity in Physics. This highly competitive studentship aims to support students from groups currently under-represented in physics who wish to study towards a doctorate in physics.

Start date
1 October 2021
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
Funding information

The studentship is fully funded for both the academic tuition fee (for either Home/EU or International students) plus a maintenance award which matches the UKRI rate of £15,285 for 3 years.

 

Funding source
University of Surrey and the Institute of Physics Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship fund

About

The Department of Physics is offering a fully-funded PhD studentship to encourage greater diversity in Physics. This highly competitive studentship aims to support students from groups currently under-represented in physics who wish to study towards a doctorate in physics. The studentship is available for research within any of the research groups in the department of Physics:

  • Astrophysics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Photonics and Quantum Systems
  • Radiation and Medical Physics
  • Soft Matter.

For further information about the research in the department, please refer to our website. Following a departmental selection process, the successful applicant for this studentship will be required to submit a proposal for funding support to the Institute of Physics Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship fund, further information is available here. Please note that this diversity studentship will be guaranteed by the University to the successful applicant even if the application to the Bell Burnell scholarship fund is unsuccessful.

The IOP and leading physicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell launched the Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund to encourage greater diversity in physics. The fund is made possible thanks to Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell's generous donation of her £2.3m Breakthrough Prize. This scholarship fund is being used to support full or part-time graduates who wish to study towards a doctorate in physics and are from groups that are currently under-represented in physics.

Applications are welcome from students wishing to study for a PhD on a full-time or part-time basis, and who meet the following eligibility criteria. Applicants must be from an under-represented group in physics. We are using the same definition of under-represented groups in physics as the Bell-Burnell graduate scholarship fund, which refers to: women, students of Black-Caribbean, Black-African and other minority ethnic (BAME) heritage, students with disabilities, or who require additional funding to support inclusive learning, LGBT+ students and students from disadvantaged backgrounds who may struggle to find the levels of funding needed to complete their studies. People with qualifying refugee status who meet the above criteria are also encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to students who meet multiple criteria and the decision by the department on qualification and funding amounts will be final.

This studentship is available to applicants who are categorised as either Home/EU students, or International (non-EU) students.

Related links
Bell Burnell scholarship fund

Eligibility criteria

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics, or an appropriate discipline.

UK, EU and overseas students are eligible for this studentship.

How to apply

There is a two part application process for this Studentship:

Part 1: Applicants should submit an online PhD application to the University of Surrey, through the University’s Physics PhD application route, including the additional 'Physics Diversity Studentship' application form (docx) that is required for this studentship. The deadline for submission of your application to the University is Friday 8 January 2021.

Applicants who are short-listed for this award will be invited to attend an online interview during the week of 11 January 2021. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your research proposal with staff from the relevant research group in the department.

Part 2: Following interview at the University, the successful applicant will be required to submit an application to the Bell Burnell graduate scholarship fund, no later than 20 January 2021. The department will support you in preparing this application. You may be required to attend a further interview at the Institute of Physics as part of this application process. The applicant will be notified of the outcome of the Bell Burnell application by the Institute of Physics during Spring 2021.

Please note that this diversity studentship will be guaranteed by the University to the successful applicant even if the application to the Bell Burnell scholarship fund is unsuccessful.


Application deadline

Contact details

Elizabeth Jones, Department of Physics:

 

The studentship is available for research within any of the research groups in the department of Physics:

  • Astrophysics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Photonics and Quantum Systems
  • Radiation and Medical Physics
  • Soft Matter.

For further information about the research in the department, please refer to our website: Department of Physics

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