PhD Studentship Global Food Security

BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Studentships available for a 4-year Interdisciplinary PhD programme in Global Food Security.

The University of Nottingham and Rothamsted Research are recognised centres of excellence for research and education in the Biosciences. Applications are invited to our joint, innovative, integrated four-year PhD training programme with research opportunities in Global Food Security (GFS). Providing, safe, sustainable food, with low environmental input for an increasing population is one of the most significant challenges facing the world and as such is a major Research Priority area of The University of Nottingham (GFS Priority Area) and Rothamsted Research (Food Security). Addressing this challenge requires integrative research across a range of disciplines, including understanding agricultural traits to improve yield, quality and production of plants and animals, food safety, processing and supply chains. Research projects are available across a range of topics that impact upon GFS in:

  • Microbial and eukaryotic (plant and animal) systems
  • Food safety
  • Minimising waste
  • Biomaterials processing
  • Mathematics and integrative biology

Information on the kinds of projects that are available can be found here.

The research expertise within these areas can be found under the research pages of the Schools of Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Psychology, Biosciences, and Rothamsted Research.


Eligibility for full funding is restricted to UK and EU students.

To be eligible applicants must have (or be expected to achieve) a first or upper second class UK honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK and/or a postgraduate Masters degree in a relevant subject.

How to apply

Applicants should go to to download the application and reference forms.  Applications should include a fully completed application form, CV and two references.  Application forms and CVs should be named in the following format: SURNAME-initial-DTP_GFS-application.doc (.docx or .pdf) and SURNAME-initial-DTP_GFS-cv.doc (.docx or.pdf)  e.g. SMITH-A-DTP­_GFS-application.doc

Applications should be sent via email with the subject line ‘BBSRC DTP GFS’ to by the deadline: 5th January, midnight.

References should be sent directly from the referees to by the deadline: 5th January, midnight.  Please note it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the references are sent in good time for the deadline. Further details are on the reference form. 

Enquiries should be sent to:  or come and meet us a central London PhD Funding Fair on 10th December. To find out more and apply to attend please click the ‘Apply’ button below.

Closing date: 5th January, midnight.

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