Information for Applicants

Studentships for October 2023

Recruitment for October 2023 entry to the AgriFoRwArdS CDT is now closed.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold/be predicted a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) or Master’s degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, physics or a cognate subject area.

We welcome applications from all suitability qualified persons, and actively encourage applications from groups that are underrepresented in our CDT. Read more about Equality Diversity and Inclusion within the CDT.

Students who have completed the MSc Robotics and Autonomous System programme at the University of Lincoln (since academic year 2019/20) may be eligible for a 4-year PhD studentship. Please contact for more information.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements at the University at which they wish to study. Please check respective websites for further details;

Lincoln English language requirements

Cambridge English competence requirements

East Anglia entry requirements

Studentship and funding

What funding is available?

An AgriFoRwArdS Studentship provides;

Tuition fees for 4 years, at UK student rates (1 year MSc fees, 3 years PhD fees)

A tax-free stipend at EPSRC rates

A generous research training support grant

Each eligible student receives a scholarship (stipend) of at least £17,668 per annum (EPSRC rates for 2022/23) plus their tuition fees paid for the full duration of the 4-year programme.

Students further benefit from a research training support grant, enabling international travel and participation in the leading RAS conferences and symposia. This element of the EPSRC funding is currently £6,000 for the four-year studentship.

You can find out more information on the provision of the research training support grant here.

Travel costs for any mandatory visits as part of the studentship are covered by the host university. Students will further benefit from participation in summer schools and the annual CDT conference, as well as the associated training programme. Additional funds are available within the CDT to support students in outreach, dissemination and public engagement activities, plus a student-run seminar series.

Students are expected to cover their own accommodation and subsistence costs throughout the studentship.

Self funding is also a potential option for students, for more information please contact

Who is eligible for funding?

Please make sure to check the eligibility criteria before you apply.

Normally, 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. Although most CDT students must be UK residents, we also have a limited number of opportunities for other students, so please do consider applying even if you do not meet all of the EPSRC eligibility criteria.

Students in the UK and the consequences of Brexit

The UKRI has confirmed that international students (EU and non-EU) will be eligible for all Research Council-funded postgraduate studentships from the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

Each Research Council DTP or CDT within the UKRI will be able to offer a limited number of studentships to international students; funding will cover fees at the UK rate, and a stipend to support living costs. UKRI funding will not cover international fees but universities will be given the flexibility to meet the fee difference through other sources.

Please note that EU, EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights (under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively), and Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland (whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement), will continue to be treated as Home students for the purposes of Research Council funding through the DTPs and CDTs.

Your personal information

The AgriFoRwArdS CDT collects personal information about you when you express an interest in, make an enquiry about, or apply for the CDT. For more information regarding what information we collect, and how we use it, please see our Privacy Notice.

For more information about being a student in the CDT and our recruitment process read our article in the The Institute of Food Science and Technology’s journal Food Science & Technology.