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Science and Technology Facilities Council studentship

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation with a clear mission: to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and to the world.

Studentships are linked to specific projects, and become available every two or three years. For 2020-21, a studentship was offered in planetary science, in one of the following projects:

  • 'Investigating glacier-like forms on Mars'
  • 'Investigating desiccation-like cracks on Mars'
  • 'The distribution and evolution of water in the lunar interior'.
Applications for the studentship are now closed.

It is unlikely that any STFC funding will be available in 2021-22, but details will be published on this page at such time as any new studentships are announced.

Advice for applicants

Value and length of funding

  • Stipend: £17,285 per year (2020-21 amount for reference).
  • Tuition fees: Full waiver.
  • Length of funding: 3.5 years.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants should generally have a first or upper-second-class degree in a relevant or related discipline.
  • STFC regulations state that to normally be eligible for a full award, a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education).
  • To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU.

How to apply

  • Complete the application process for the relevant PhD programme.
  • Please make sure you state within your application that you wish to apply for the STFC Studentship in Planetary Science.

Closing date for applications

  • Applications are currently closed.