The Application Process

Step 1. Submit Application

In order for us to assess your suitability and eligibility please send the following documentation to 

  • An up to date CV with full details of all exams and work experience
  •  Your degree certificate and transcripts to date, plus any relevant English language certificates if applicable
  •  A short personal statement, no more than one page, demonstrating why you are interested in the FIND CDT 

We encourage you to let us know which area of research you are interested in. 

Please feel free to contact the Centre at or 0117 33 15400 if you have any questions – we are happy to discuss any aspect in more detail.

Step 2. Discuss

Once we receive your application and if you meet the entry requirements (see below) we will contact you to arrange a preliminary discussion about the CDT and the available projects, universities and sponsoring companies. At the end of this discussion, suitable candidates will be linked to a particular university, project and industrial sponsor based on their research preferences.

Step 3. Interview

Shortlisted applicants are then invited for academic and industrial interviews. At these interviews, your engineering and scientific knowledge, understanding, and ability to discuss and solve problems will be explored in depth.

Step 4. Registration  If your application and interview has been successful, you will be required to register at the university you have been matched with. 


Applicants should have or expect to obtain a 1st class, good 2.1 degree or Masters in engineering or physical science. In our experience the best candidates can use their knowledge to solve technical problems, are interested in useful research, are well-organised and are good communicators.

Applicants are required to meet the entry requirements at the institution for which they will be based. 

An enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

Eligibility for funding

EPSRC candidates should fulfil the eligibility criteria for the award.  To check your suitability, please visit the FAQ page.

Our CDT is committed to promoting a diverse, equal and inclusive culture. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, colour, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, class, religion, disability, age or any other legally protected characteristics.