PhD Studentship Vacancies

The Scottish Food Security Alliance is a new collaboration between the James Hutton Institute, the University of Dundee and the University of Aberdeen that recognises the important role Scotland has to play in ensuring crop-based food security.  The alliance delivers basic, strategic and applied science, with the aim of offering relevant and practical solutions to complex issues surrounding food security.

The Alliance provides a vibrant interactive hub for collaboration and training opportunities, with the resources and state-of-the-art facilities required to stimulate excellence and support career development in challenging areas of research and development with global significance.


Projects will be supervised by an inter-disciplinary team of academic staff under activity of three pillars: Plant Crop Science, Plant-Soil Interface and Food Systems

The following projects are currently advertised,  please click on the links for more detailed information on each project.


Deadline for applications is Friday 20th February 2015.

Applications are invited for fully-funded studentships commencing in October 2015.  The studentships include funding for stipend and fees at the Research Council UK rate (UK/EU applicants only).


Applicants for studentships must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a minimum of an upper second class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.

These studentships are available to UK and other EU nationals (due to funding criteria, EU nationals MUST have resided in the UK for three years prior to commencing the studentship) and provides funding for tuition fees and stipend, subject to eligibility. International students are welcome to apply.  However, funding is only available at the UK tuition fee level only and international applicants would be responsible for paying the difference between UK and international tuition fees.

Stage 1

Having viewed the projects on offer you must contact the supervisors to discuss the projects as you will be required to demonstrate background knowledge of the project if invited to interview.  Identify the project(s) that you wish to apply for (up to three) on your application form. 

Stage 2

Complete the application form (please read all the instructions carefully).  Incomplete applications will not be considered.     

In the 'Outline Summary' section, please identify your first choice supervisor and project title (this should be the lead supervisor name on the project).  You can also list up to two more lead supervisors and project titles.

Stage 3

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts, who will nominate their preferred candidates for interview.

Stage 4 

The interview panel will consist of the representatives from the James Hutton Institute, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Dundee.  These interviews are likely to take place in the later part of February 2015.