PLEASE NOTE: the application deadline for this year has now passed
CENTA offers studentships through two main pathways.
Project-based studentships: Please search through the list of projects available at Birmingham, and note the information in ‘how to apply’ below.
CENTA Science Opportunity Scholarships (CSOS): In order to address a historical imbalance, it is our ambition to offer up to 3 fully-funded scholarships to Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) Home-award-eligible applicants who meet the academic requirements. Please see the link for how to apply for this scholarship opportunity, noting the application is to CENTA directly and not to the University.
You can apply via one or both of these pathways
Our project-based studentships are open to all applicants who meet the academic requirements (at least a 2:1 at UK BSc level or at least a pass at UK MSc level or equivalent). International candidates can apply, however please note the number of international fee-waiver opportunities is extremely limited. Please consider this constraint when submitting your application, and ask if you have any questions.
To be eligible for a full (Home) award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship.
(For further information please see Annex B in the following document: https://www.ukri.org/files/funding/ukri-training-grant-terms-and-conditions-guidance-pdf)
CENTA also particularly welcomes applications for PhD studentships from under-represented groups.
CENTA recognises that a diversity of pathways through education exist and that there may be challenges to studying for a PhD alongside other personal commitments. Our assessment of applicant’s eligibility and experience involves appraisal of track records. If disclosed, the supervisors, host institution recruitment teams and the CENTA board will take into consideration circumstances that may have taken time away from study and thus limited the candidate’s opportunity to demonstrate their full educational potential, for example through parental leave, other caring responsibilities, ill-health, disabilities or the need to engage in paid work. Each application will be considered individually.
CENTA studentships are for 3.5 years and are funded by NERC. Successful home-fees-eligible candidates will receive:
- An annual stipend, set at £15,609 for 2021/22, paid directly to the student in monthly increments
- Full university fees paid directly to the university
- A research training support grant (RTSG) of £8,000, held at their host institution
- CASE studentships attract an additional £3500 contribution to the RTSG, held at their host institution