IAPETUS has between 12 and 16 fully-funded postgraduate studentships for new, high-calibre PhD students who will be commencing their studies at one of IAPETUS’ partner organizations in September/October 2018

// Available Projects & Awards


All of our doctoral research projects are supervised by mixed teams of world-leading researchers, with members of staff from across our partner organisations involved in each.

All of our available research projects are accessible here. Projects can be filtered by the partner organisation and their key theme by using the available ‘Categories’ functionality on the right-hand side of the page. A number of tags are also used help you to navigate to the projects that been match what you are looking to study.

Prospective candidates are advised to review and study the available doctoral research projects carefully before applying and to contact the named supervisor (s) for further information.

// Financial Support

IAPETUS’ postgraduate studentships are tenable for up to 3.5 years, depending on the doctoral research project the student is studying and provides the following package of financial support:

  • A tax-free maintenance grant set at the UK Research Council’s national rate, which in 2017/18 is £14,553.
  • Full payment of their tuition fees at the Home/EU rate;
  • Access to extensive research support funding; &
  • Support for an external placement of up to six months.

Part-time award-holders are funded for seven years and receive a maintenance grant at 50% of the full-time rate.

All studentships will commence in September/October 2018, except in exceptional circumstances.

// Eligibility & Requirements

All applicants need to meet NERC’s eligibility criteria to be considered for an IAPETUS studentship and these are detailed in the current RCUK studentship terms and conditions.

IAPETUS is only able to consider applications from Home/European Union candidates. International candidates are not eligible to be considered and where an candidate from another EU country has not been resident in the UK for 3 years or more prior to the commencement of their studies with IAPETUS, they will only be eligible for a fees-only studentship.

IAPETUS is looking for candidates with the following qualities and backgrounds:

  • A first or 2:1 undergraduate degree, or have relevant comparable experience;
  • In addition, candidates may also hold or be completing a Masters degree in their area of proposed study or a related discipline; &
  • An outstanding academic pedigree and research potential, such as evidenced through the publication of articles, participation in academic conferences and other similar activities.

// How to Apply

To apply for an IAPETUS studentship you need to select the doctoral project you wish to study and then apply to the partner organisation that is hosting the project.

When applying to your chosen research organisation you will need to complete their online postgraduate application form and state that you wish to be considered for an IAPETUS studentships when prompted how you intend to fund your postgraduate studies and highlight the specific doctoral research project that you wish to be considered for, quoting the doctoral research project’s reference (which are quoted in each doctoral research project’s brief) where possible.

In addition to completing an online application form, you will also need to provide the following documentation to your prospective Department/School:

  1. Current CV;
  2. A cover letter, no longer that 2 pages of A4 in length, detailing your reasons for applying for a PhD and why you have selected your chosen doctoral research project;
  3. Two references, where possible not from your prospective supervisor(s); &
  4. Transcripts of your previous qualifications obtained to date.

If you have already submitted your online application form and not added that you want to be considered for an IAPETUS studentship, please contact your prospective Department/School to inform them that you wish to be considered for an award.

The deadline for submitting your application to your chosen partner organisation  is 19 January 2018 (5 pm GMT) at the latest.

Please note that a number of our Departments/Schools may set earlier internal deadlines for progressing the assessment and selection of their candidates.  Where these additional arrangements are in place these will be detailed.   Where an earlier deadline is applied by a Department/School these should be followed by interested candidates where possible; however, all Department/School will be continuing to accept and review applications up to IAPETUS’ applicant deadline of Friday, 19 January 2018 (5 pm GMT).

// Selection Process

Your prospective Department/School will review your application and it will decide whether to put you forward for consideration by the IAPETUS’ Studentships Panel

IAPETUS’ Studentships Panel will be considering applications in late February 2018 and we anticipate notifying candidates whether they have been successful by Friday, 23 February 2018.

// Further Information

If you have any questions about applying for IAPETUS studentship please contact your prospective Department/School or IAPETUS directly at contact.iapetus@durham.ac.uk / 0191 33 41405.