How To Apply


Check Your Eligibility

Most of our EPSRC-funded studentships are open only to Home applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least three years immediately before the start of the course. The applicant must meet all the following criteria:

  • have settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay
  • been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the course. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)
  • have not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this does not apply to UK nationals).

We have a very limited number of studentships available to international applicants.

International applicants who meet the academic requirements are also welcome to apply if they are able to source their own funding for the full four-year duration of the programme.

Check You Meet Our Entry and Funding Requirements

Entry Requirements

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.

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.

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

Funding Requirements

Studentship funding provided by the EPSRC will cover tuition fees and a stipend to cover living costs.

The stipend will be £19,168 for 2022-23. £21,168 for students based in London.

EngD students will receive a generous further top-up from their sponsor company of at least £5,000 a year.

Application Process

If you meet our Entry and Funding Requirements, please look through our list of Open Projects and choose one or more that you are most interested in. Use the personal statement section of the application form to address how your academic or industrial experience makes you a good candidate to conduct this project.

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After we receive your application and if you meet the entry requirements we may contact you to arrange a preliminary discussion about the CDT and our projects, universities and sponsoring companies.

Shortlisted applicants will then invited for interview. At interview we will explore in depth your engineering and scientific knowledge, understanding, ability to discuss and solve problems and the project you have applied for.

If your funding application is successful, you will also be required to apply for a place to study at the university that will host your project. Please include a personal statement with the title of the project and names of the supervisors.The Bristol admissions system asks for funding information; please select Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 100% from this source, and answer no to the question of whether funding is secured (this means your own funding, not funding for the CDT).

The FIND 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.

Please contact us if you have any questions – we are always happy to discuss any aspect of the application process in more detail.

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