Diversity in physics studentship

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 2020
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 £15,009 for 3 years.

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

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

For further information about the research in the department, please refer to the Department of Physics 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. 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.

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.

 

Eligibility criteria

Applicants 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.

Scholarship criteria

As set out by the Institute of Physics students must be from an under represented group in physics to be eligible for this scholarship. For the purpose of this fund the definition of under-represented groups in physics 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
  • 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.

Read the Institute of Physics Bell Burnell guide (PDF) to find out all the eligibility criteria and the application process for the scholarship fund.

How to apply

There is a two part application process for this studentship:

Part one

Applicants should apply online via the Physics PhD course page, including the additional physics diversity studentship application form (Word doc) that is required for this studentship by Monday 16 December 2019.

Applicants who are short-listed for this award will be invited to attend an interview at the Department on Tuesday 7 January 2020 (either in person or by telephone/skype). You will also have the opportunity to discuss your research proposal with staff from the relevant research group in the Department.

Part two

Following an interview at the University, the successful applicant will be required to submit an application to the Bell Burnell graduate scholarship fund, no later than 10 January 2020. 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 2020.

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.

Physics PhD


Application deadline

Contact details

Natasha Partt

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