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 following areas:

  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
  • World Class underpinning Bioscience

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 the following . . .

  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 PIPS allowance

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. Please look for our 2019 entry projects from October 2018 onwards.


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

Apply Here

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

Apply here

See the list of available projects here:

Sheffield DTP2 2019 entry projects to advertise

Or contact:

Postgraduate contact


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

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