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Funding Opportunities

Applicants should hold, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree in a subject relevant to the proposed area of study; applicants deemed by Senate to hold an equivalent qualification will also be considered.

All applicants should also hold a relevant English language qualification.  All applications for studentships will be considered on a competitive basis and with regard to the applicant’s qualifications, skills, experience and interests.

Applicants should be aware that the competition for funded entry is very high. It is important that all parts of the application process are completed in accordance with instructions.  All applicants are advised to discuss their application with the staff noted within the project description prior to submission.

Applicants should note that disclosure of disability or personal circumstances should be made as part of the application process or as soon as possible thereafter in order to facilitate any necessary accommodation. >


Closing Date


PhD Studentship in Mental Health and Wellbeing

28 June 17

Prof G Leavey

PhD Studentship in the Bamford Centre Mental Health and Wellbeing

28 June 17

Prof G Leavey

PhD Studentship in Network Medicine to Explore the Role of Muscle Exosomes in ALS and Other Motor Neuron Disorders

28 June 17

Dr W Duddy

ADRC-NI Award 2017

28 June 17

Prof G Leavey

Medical Engineering Studentships - ECME Interreg

30 June 17

Prof Jim McLaughlin

PhD Studentship in Advanced Materials for Additive Manufacturing

30 June 17

Prof E Harkin-Jones

PhD Studentship in Collaboration with Click Energy

30 June 17

Prof S Coleman

PhD Studentship in Big Data for MIDAS (Meaningful Integration of Data, Analytics and Services)

30 June 17

Dr M Black

PhD Studentship in Computing and Intelligent Systems

30 June 17

Prof G Prasad

PhD Studentship in Hierarchical carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites utilising graphene nanoflakes

2 July 17

Prof P Papakonstantinou

PhD Studentship in Vision Science

7 July 17

Dr P Mulholland

PhD Studentship in Fuel Poverty

14 July 17

Prof S McGreal

College of Optometrists PhD Studentship in Vision Science

14 July 17

Dr J Little

Engineering Research Institute DfE funded opportunity

21 July 17  

PhD Studentship in Machine Learning and Patterning Recognition in a new sensor system for chemical - biological detection and biomedica applications

28 July 17

Prof P Maguire

Teagasc PhD Walsh Fellowship Opportunity "Mobilisation, transport and attenuation of soil phosphorus gractions in groundwater-fed agricultural catchments"

28 July 17

Prof P Jordan

Department for the Economy (DfE) funded PhD studentship in collaboration with Ulster University and Clinisent

28 Aug 17

Prof M Sinclair

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Want to study on a self-funded basis?  Or have a private sponsor?

If you plan to self-fund your studies or have a sponsor who will fund your research study, you may apply at any point in the year – just download the research prospectus to find out more about project areas which we are able to support at Ulster.

Annual Studentship Competition

Our Annual Studentship Competition runs from December to February each year.  If you applied for our competition this year please see the timetable and project pages below:

Interviews by Faculties    March/April 2017
Letters sent to applicants    May/June/July/August 2017            
Studentships commence   September 2017

The advertised projects can be found on the Faculty Webpages:

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Art Design & the Built Environment

Faculty of Computing & Engineering

Faculty of Life & Health Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences

Ulster University Business School