How to apply

For fully-funded PhD studentships* starting in Sept 2023, projects will be advertised in October 2022. Join our mailing list below to be kept updated with the latest information:


Submitting your application

Please find below details on how to apply to each of the SWBio DTP institutions  Please note that links to 'further guidance and support related to your application' encompasses all PhD studentships, and DTP programme requirements take precedence. 

Please apply to the institution listed as the host institution for the PhD project you are interested in, unless otherwise indicated.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

We want to support diverse and inclusive work environments. We therefore welcome applications from individuals regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, or disability status. We welcome applications from individuals who have previously studied at any recognised Higher Education Institute and from a range of career paths (please refer to the SWBio DTP academic criteria for eligibility), including individuals who have previously trained in the sciences and are wanting to return to scientific research.

Apply to Bath >>

Application guidance:

  • When completing the online application form, please identify your application as being for the SWBio DTP call in Section 3 Finance (question 2).
  • Should you wish to apply for more than one project at Bath, you may do so without submitting a separate application but you should state all the projects for which you would like to be considered in the ‘Your research interests’ section of the application form and you should upload a separate statement for each one, outlining your motivation, achievements and suitability for that particular project.
  • Further guidance and support related to your application >>

About the University of Bath >>

Bristol SWBio DTP programme information >>

Apply to Bristol >>

Application guidance:

  • Please read the Bristol SWBio DTP programme information before completing your application.
  • From the 'Start your application' page, search for South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (PhD) under 'find a programme' and select it from the dropdown list. Select apply to begin your application.
  • If you do not already have an account, create a 'new applicant' profile and follow the instructions in eVision.
  • If you apply to multiple projects at the University of Bristol you will need to enter a new application for each project.
  • When the application asks for a research statement, please just upload a blank document. A research statement is not needed for this programme as you are applying directly to a project.
  • Further guidance and support related to your application >>

About the University of Bristol >>

Cardiff SWBio DTP programme information >>

Apply to Cardiff >>

Application guidance:

  • Please read the Cardiff SWBio DTP programme information before completing your application.
  • When completing your application, please list Doctor of Philosophy as the 'qualification' and 1 October 2022 as the 'start date'.
  • You will need to include the project you are applying to and the main supervisor as part of the application.
  • For funded studentships: When asked if you are intending to self-fund, please select No and within the text box list BBSRC South Bioscience DTP
  • You will need to submit a separate application for each project you wish to be considered for.
  • Further guidance and support related to your application >>

About Cardiff University >>

Exeter SWBio DTP programme information >>

Apply to Exeter >>

Application guidance:

  • Please read the Exeter SWBio DTP programme information before completing your application.
  • Please apply via the project link.
  • You will need to submit a separate application for each project you wish to be considered for.
  • Further guidance and support related to your application >>
  • Please apply through the registered university of where the listed academic supervisor is based.
    About Rothamsted Research >>
    Please apply through the university that is listed with the project application.
    About Swansea University >>

    Apply to UWE >>

    Application guidance:

    • When prompted, use the reference: 2022-OCT-CASE01.

    About UWE >>

    Documentation requirements

    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.
      • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
      • English language certificates (where applicable)

    Further guidance about these documents and who to contact if you have any queries can be found as part of the application process when you apply through the relevant institution listed above.

    *subject to meeting the academic and residence criteria