South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership 2024


An opportunity to apply for a full-time PhD under the South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBIO DTP). The SWBio studentships are funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Biotechonology and Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC).

There are three projects available in association with UWE Bristol.

The expected start date of this studentship is September 2024. 

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT), 4 December 2023.

For an informal discussion about the studentships, please see the contact listed below each project. Please also see the SWBio DTP for further information. 

Studentship details

There are three studentship opportunities available in association with UWE Bristol and more information can be found via the links below:

  1. Linking plant nutritional ecology with insect chemical ecology to promote regenerative agriculture (PDF)
    For further information, please contact Dr Peter Maxfield (Email: or Tel: +44 (0)117 32 87543).

  2. Investigating the role of neuronal metabolism in excitation/inhibition balance (PDF)
    For further information please contact Dr Tim Craig (Email: or Tel: +44 (0)117 32 87134).

  3. Fungal-bacterial interactions in wetwood of British broadleaf trees (PDF)
    For further information please contact Dr Carrie Brady (Email: or Tel: +44 (0)117 32 84225).

Please note:

  • For project 1, you need to apply directly to UWE Bristol. 
  • For projects 2 and 3, you need to apply directly to the University of Bristol.

Please see the Application process section below for further details.

For information on all the projects that are available, visit SWBio DTP projects

Funding details

Please see the SWBio funding page for details of UKRI-BBSRC-funded studentship.


As part of your application, you will normally be required to submit:

  • Two references
  • Academic transcripts/degree certificate(s)
  • Personal statement - please include supporting evidence for your Maths background
  • English language certificates (where applicable).

How to apply

Closing date

The closing date for application is midnight (GMT), 4 December 2023.

Application process

Please read the SWBio How to apply webpage for further information.

You do not need to upload a CV as the application form will capture the relevant information.

When the application asks for a research proposal, please just upload a blank document. A research proposal is not needed for this programme as you are applying directly to a project.  

For further information, please see eligibility and applications or contact the Graduate School ( 

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