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

Ref: 2223-APR-CATE19

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

The closing date for applications is 8 January 2023.

Please note: out of the eight projects being advertised for the CATE Studentships 2022. The projects for funding will be selected based on the merit of applicants following the process outlined below.

Studentship details

Create your own proposal

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.

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 here:

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 (e.g., 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 an informal discussion about the studentship, please email College Director of Research, Professor David Greenham, at, Chair of the Faculty Research Degrees Committee, Dr Stephen Hall at

You can also contact Professor Jessica Lamond at about the studentship programme.


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. 



Applicants 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.

A recognised English language qualification is required.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted use the reference number 2223-JAN-CATE19. 

Supporting documentation: You will need to upload your research proposal, all your degree certificates and transcripts and your proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application, so please have these available when you complete the application form.

References: You will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Your referee will be asked for a reference at the time you submit your application, so please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references within 14 days of your application being submitted.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 08 January 2023.


Further Information

Interviews will take place on weeks commencing 20 February 2023. If you have not heard from us by February, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.

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