How to Apply

Our vision is to train researchers of the future so that they are equipped to address and solve fundamental and strategic biological questions of national and global importance in the Biology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s (BBSRC) core areas of:

  • Bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food
  • Bioscience for renewable resources and clean growth
  • Understanding the rules of life
  • Transformative technologies

The programme builds on the excellent track records of the Universities of Leeds (The Faculties of Biological Science, Maths and Physical Science), Sheffield (Faculty of Science) and York (Departments of Biology and Chemistry) as leading centres of research and training in molecular and cellular biosciences.

What is on offer?

We offer a 4-year fully-funded programme of integrated research and skills training, with cross-disciplinary supervision and a 3 month professional internship with an external organisation.

These Projects are competitive studentships based at either the University of Leeds, Sheffield or York and are funded by BBSRC.  You will receive:

  1. Tax-free Stipend at the standard Research Council rate for 4 years
  2. Research Costs for 4 years
  3. Tuition Fees at the UK/EU rate for 4 years
  4. Conference and Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) allowances

What are the requirements for applicants?

    • At least a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent. The interdisciplinary nature of this programme means that we welcome applications from students with backgrounds in any biological, chemical, and/or physical science, or students with mathematical backgrounds who are interested in using their skills in addressing biological questions.
    • The studentships are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for Research Council UK funding can be found here.
    • There are language requirements for international students.

How do I apply?

It is important to note that the White Rose DTP does not accept applications directly from prospective students. All of the White Rose DTP studentships will be offered by either Leeds, Sheffield or York and you will need to apply directly to the University offering the PhD project in which you are interested.

Projects will be advertised on the University Postgraduate websites and also can be found on Find-A-PhD. Projects will be advertised in October each year, with a closing date of early January for entry the following October.

Projects currently being advertised for October 2020 start.

Application deadlines: early January 2020

See below for specific links to the projects currently being advertised by Leeds, Sheffield and York Universities.  These are for a start in October 2020.  Deadlines are early January 2020 – Please check, as these may vary slightly across each university.


Click on the link below for information on how to apply to the University of Leeds:

Apply Here

Or contact:

Email:     Tel: +44 (0)113 3438186


Click on the link below for information on how to apply to the University of Sheffield:

Apply here

Or contact:

Email:     Tel: 0114 222 2750

For all PhD opportunities at the University of Sheffield (in addition to the BBSRC DTP studentships): Postgraduate contact


Click on the link below for information on how to apply to the University of York:

Apply here – Link to follow shortly

Or contact:


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