Institute for Advanced Studies Studentships

We're investing in the next generation of world-class researchers.

Our Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) Studentships represent a £3.6m investment by the University in doctoral research from 2023-2025. We're offering both UK and international students:

  • A number of 3-year full-time equivalent PhD studentships on a fully-funded basis (fees and stipend at the UKRI rate)
  • Fee waivers
  • Bursaries for students who already hold funding awards for fees

IAS Studentship holders will work in collaborative, inter-disciplinary clusters of postgraduate researchers working on complementary doctoral projects. Explore the range of opportunities available and submit your project proposal to apply for a studentship.

Explore funded PhD opportunities

We’re offering a range of funded studentship opportunities across ten Research Clusters that unite multiple disciplines and give doctoral researchers an opportunity to address key issues in society. Explore our clusters to see where funded PhD opportunities are available. 

Accessible Environments

Society and the environments in which it operates are not typically built or managed in a way that facilitates access for all, regardless of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, or economic status. This cluster aims to lead the way in identifying avenues for fair access for all.

Clacks Living Lab: Community wealth building and sustainable, net zero communities

Support the development of a “Living Lab” demonstrating how renewable energy, food growth and the circular economy can combine to create environmental benefits, positive social change, and a net zero community. 

Environmental Justice and Low Carbon Transitions

In the face of the triple environmental crisis, comprising climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, concerns around environmental justice are alarming. This research cluster aims to address these questions of environmental justice and will develop novel policies that are informed by interdisciplinary expertise.

Evaluating the Socioenvironmental Benefits of Nature-based Solutions

Explore the multiple facets of nature-based solutions to address challenges including species and habitat conservation, climate change, human health, food and water security, and disaster risk reduction, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits.

Physical Activity for Positive and Healthy Ageing

Developing and testing new physical activity interventions for healthy ageing is growing in popularity, but there are important challenges remaining which this PhD cluster seeks to address.

Heritage at the Extremes: Temporalities, Politics and Practices of Care

This cluster seeks to address an urgent need for radically new, hopeful ways of working with local, situated practices of care and repair, including human-digital ones, to create more sustainable, equitable heritage futures.

Inclusive Ageing in a Digital World

We want to improve the lives of older people, including their wellbeing and health, by making meaningful improvements to digital-enabled places such as services using technology, online environments, social media platforms, and data storage.

Just AI Lab

The core purpose of the Just AI Lab is the just transition to socially just, trustworthy, responsible, open, inclusive and sustainable Artificial Intelligence through impactful mission-oriented interdisciplinary research.

People on the Move

Migration – forced or not – is and will continue to be one of the challenges of the twenty-first century, as climate change and conflict see rising numbers of people displaced, exiled and seeking refuge globally, primarily within the Global South. The overarching theme of our cluster is mobility: we are interested in studying refugees, migrants and diasporas’ experiences and representations in context. 

Tackling Challenges of environmental and human health: A behavioural science approach

Modern societies face various challenges of environmental and human health, which require an in-depth exploration of overarching themes. Our cluster is composed of researchers with a collective background in Behavioural Science, an approach that is grounded in the nuanced comprehension of human behaviour.

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