CATE Studentships 2022 - Doctoral Academy


An exciting opportunity to apply for eight fully funded PhD positions in the College of Arts, Technology and Environment (CATE), UWE Bristol.

The expected start date of these studentships is 1 April 2023.

The closing date for applications is 8 January 2023.

The PhD positions could be in any of our six schools and departments:

  • Department of Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies
  • Department of Engineering, Design and Mathematics
  • Department of Geography and Environmental Management
  • School of Art and Design
  • School of Creative and Cultural Industries.

All our schools at the UWE Bristol have a strong and continually evolving research environment. We submitted a significant proportion of our staff to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) and over 75% of our submitted research was judged to be internationally excellent or of world leading quality.

More information on the College of Arts, Technology and Environment.

Studentship details

We have two routes for applications: 

  • Applicants can apply for one of the seven projects listed below.


  • Applicants can propose their own project in any of our subject areas.

Apply for a listed project:

We advise you to contact the relevant academic staff listed on the project page as you develop your proposal. Proposals should be no more than 1200 words long. We expect to appoint up to four candidates through this route. 

Create your own proposal: 2223-APR-CATE19 - Open Project

Applicants may apply in any subject area offered in the Schools, but it is essential that the proposed research fully aligns with one of the UWE Bristol’s four main research priority areas:

  • Digital Futures
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Creative and Digital Technologies
  • Sustainability and Climate Change Resilience.

More information about these themes can be found in UWE Bristol’s research strategy for 2030.

We are also keen to see proposals that can align with our Research Centres and Groups, with our current research and knowledge exchange landscape outlined:

Please ensure that you have contacted and gained the agreement of a suitable potential supervisor prior to your application. We would expect to appoint at least four candidates through this route.

Proposals should be no more than 1500 words long and should include and outline of the project, the relationship of the project to the advertised themes, the UWE-fit for the project (for example supervision, research centre or group), and the importance/timeliness of the project.

For either route you would normally be expected to have a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject area. A related Masters’ degree or further appropriate research experience is desirable.

Candidates invited for interview will be interviewed by a panel including College Leads in Postgraduate Research and members of the potential supervisory team. Following this interview process, the successful candidates will be offered a studentship and other candidates will be notified within two weeks of the interview.

Candidates who meet the criteria to study at UWE Bristol but are not offered one of the eight studentships will be offered the opportunity to consider pursuing a self-funded PhD.

For further information please email College Director of Research, Professor David Greenham (, Chair of the Faculty Research Degrees Committee, Dr Stephen Hall ( or College Dean for Research and Enterprise, Professor Jessica Lamond (


The studentship is available from 01 April 2023 for a period of three and half years, subject to satisfactory progress, and includes a tax-exempt stipend, which is currently £17,668 per annum.

In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years.


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