Funded PhD Studentships available in the School of Chemistry

New programs for 2022/23 hosted by the School of Chemistry:

Deployable tritium detector using diamond voltaic structures for use in fusion fuel handling facilities

Main supervisor: Neil Fox

For more information on this studentship please see PhD studentship - Neil Fox 05/2022 (PDF, 73kB)


Programmed longevity of antimicrobial polymer nanofilms: Macromolecular architecture, nanostructure, and antimicrobial efficacy

Main supervisor: Professor Wuge H. Briscoe

For further information on this PhD studentship, please see Wessex-Bristol PhD Project (PDF, 62kB)


Sustainable antibacterial fibres

Main Supervisor: Professor Wuge H. Briscoe

For further information on this PhD studentship, please see EPSRC iCASE PG PhD studentship (PDF, 72kB). ‌


Absorption of surfactants as friction modifiers and optimization of adaptive lubricants 

Main Supervisor:  Professor Julian Eastoe 

For information on this studentship please see ISIS - Infineum PhD - Bristol Website - FINAL - 24-08-21 (PDF, 118kB) How to apply.


PhDs in Technology Enhanced Chemical Synthesis 

We will be accepting applications for 2023/24 from October 2022.  

Our fully-funded studentships are four years in duration and cover fees and stipend. We are seeking applications from national and international students covering the whole breadth of Synthetic Chemistry. 

TECS - Studentship (PDF, 312kB) 

Interested applicants please visit


SWBio DTP studentships 2022/23

Applications are invited for PhD projects in Bristol within the SWBio DTP website

Eligibility and Funding

Please see this link for further information on the SWBio DTP website regarding eligibility and funding. The studentship will provide funding for a stipend (currently £15,609 pa for 2021-22), research costs and tuition fees at Research Council UK rates for 4 years for full-time students, pro-rata for part-time students. International applicants – please see further guidance on the SW DTP website.

Applying to the SWBio DTP is a competitive process with a high calibre of students recruited each year (the majority with 1/high 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent and relevant experience).

The four projects with a lead academic in the School of Chemistry are listed below. Informal enquiries can be made to the appropriate main supervisor and further details are available in each link.

Design of new fluorescent sensors for measuring heme in cells


Main supervisor: Prof Emma Raven (Chemistry) Further supervisors: Prof Ross Anderson (Biochemistry) Dr Marc van der Kamp (Biochemistry)

For information on this studentship please see here


NERC GW4 + DTP2 Projects 2022/23 

When applying for the GW4+DTP Projects in the School of Chemistry please choose Chemistry PhD from the Programme Choice drop down menu (see Prospectus for other Schools offering projects under this DTP). You will need to make a separate application for each project.  

It is important that you follow the detailed instructions provided in the How to apply link and read the Admissions Statement in the Prospectus to apply for one of these projects. 

PhDs in Aerosol Science

From drug delivery to the lungs to the transmission of disease, climate change to combustion science, new routes to materials to consumer and agricultural products, an understanding of aerosol science is crucial. The CDT in Aerosol Science works to equip the next generation of Aerosol Scientists with the skills needed to tackle the numerous multidisciplinary challenges that fall at boundaries between the physical, engineering and health sciences.

We welcome applications from national and international students. Our fully-funded studentships are four years in duration and cover fees and stipend.

Interested applicants please visit the EPSRC CDT in Aerosol Science website. 


Douglas Everett PhD Scholarships 

The Douglas Everett Bequest can fund an annual award of a Douglas Everett PhD Scholarship and associated costs for a standard full PhD studentship (or half-funded studentships, where matching funds are available), covering UK home fees and stipend over 3 ½ years of study. Applications that fit broadly in the areas of colloids, aerosols, or surface chemistry, from across the School, are invited. [Note: there is no provision for bench fees or consumables]

The next scholarships are expected to start in September 2023.

One-page applications are invited from potential supervisors. Please send to

The principal criteria for awarding the Douglas Everett PhD Scholarship will be academic excellence of the project, relevance to School of Chemistry research strategy and impact, and EDI considerations. Applications will be assessed by the Director of Research. 

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