Other Funding

Other Funding

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UKRI CDT Scholarship in AIMLAC

UKRI CDT Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Advanced Computing (AIMLAC)

AIMLAC aims at forming the next generation of AI innovators across a broad range of STEMM disciplines. The CDT provides advanced multi-disciplinary training in an inclusive, caring and open environment that nurture each individual student to achieve their full potential.

The UKRI CDT in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Advanced Computing provides 4-year, fully funded PhD opportunities across broad research themes:

  • T1: data from large science facilities (particle physics, astronomy, cosmology)
  • T2: biological, health and clinical sciences (medical imaging, electronic health records, bioinformatics)
  • T3: novel mathematical, physical, and computer science approaches (data, hardware, software, algorithms)

Its partner institutions are Swansea University (lead institution), Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, University of Bristol and Cardiff University.

The scholarships are funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Applications are encouraged from candidates from a diverse background that can positively contribute to the future of our society.  

Subject areas: Biological and Health Sciences; Mathematics and Computer Science; Physics and Astronomy.

The Scholarships

Scholarship Start Date: September/October 2022.

Positions are funded for 4 years, including 6-month placements with the external partners. The CDT will recruit 12 positions in 2022.

Training in AI, high-performance computing (HPC) and high-performance data analytics (HPDA) plays an essential role, as does engagement with external partners, which include large international companies, locally based start-ups and SMEs, and government and Research Council partners. Training will be delivered via cohort activities across the partner institutions.

The external partners include: We Predict, ATOS, DSTL, Mobileum, GCHQ, IBM, Microsoft, Quantum Foundry, Dwr Cymru, Amplyfi, DiRAC, Agxio, STFC, NVIDIA, Oracle, QinetiQ, Intel, TWI and many more.

More information, and a description of research projects, can be found at the UKRI CDT in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Advanced Computing website


The typical academic requirement is a minimum of a 2i undergraduate degree in biological and health sciences; mathematics and computer science; physics and astronomy or a relevant discipline.

Candidates should be interested in AI and big data challenges, and in (at least) one of the three research themes. You should have an aptitude and ability in computational thinking and methods (as evidenced by a degree in physics and astronomy, medical science, computer science, or mathematics, for instance) including the ability to write software (or willingness to learn it).

This scholarship is open to UK/home and international candidates.

For more information on eligibility, please visit the UKRI CDT in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Advanced Computing website http://cdt-aimlac.org/


Each scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and a UKRI standard stipend of £15,285 per annum.

Additional funding is available for training, research and conference expenses.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit the CDT website and follow the instructions to apply online.

For general enquiries, please contact Rhian Melita Morris cdt-aimlac@swansea.ac.uk

Please note that you will also need to submit a full PhD application via Aberystwyth University’s online Postgraduate Admissions portal.  To make the course application, visit the relevant Course Page and select the “Apply Now” button to start your application. 


The deadline for applications for the UKRI CDT Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Advanced Computing (AIMLAC) is 12th February 2022.  However, AIMLAC will continue to accept applications until the positions are filled.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Aberystwyth University is one of a number of institutions in the South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and has successfully secured funding for PhD scholarships in the arts and humanities. Successful students may benefit from potential supervision and training opportunities available at more than one university within the DTP.

Please note that these awards are only available to UK students and are for new PhD students rather than current PhD students.

Please visit the South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership website for further information.



Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

BBSRC grants studentships for research courses in the field of biological sciences. Studentships at Aberystwyth University are currently available for studies leading to the award of MPhil or PhD at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.

Full awards will cover tuition fees and a maintenance allowance set at the Reseach Councils UK level. Fees only awards may also be available and will cover tuition fees.

For further information on application procedures and eligibility please contact the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (ibers@aber.ac.uk) or refer to the BBSRC's website.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Aberystwyth University, and other universities in Wales, are part of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.  

The ESRC provide studentships for students to undertake a year Research Training Masters and a 3 year PhD research programme. Studentships can therefore cover a period of 4 years, subject to satisfactory academic progress. These studentships are offered on a competitive basis. Successful applicants receive a studentship which covers their tuition fees and provides a subsistence allowance. 

ESRC Studentships may be available for PhD courses in the Department of International Politics and the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences. Please contact the relevant academic department for further information. 

Further information is available at the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership website.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

EPSRC Research Studentships may be available at the following departments:

The Department of Physics is part of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Diamond Science and Technology. Students will study for a funded MSc at the University of Warwick before embarking on a specific PhD project based at one of the partner universities.

The 4-year Scholarships for a 1-year MSc followed by a 3-year PhD will cover UK/EU tuition fees and a maintenance allowance comparable to the Research Councils UK level (full-awards for UK students only; fees-only awards for EU students).

Please contact the Department of Physics [phys@aber.ac.uk] in the first instance regarding any particular research projects and also visit the CDT's website.

DEFRA Studentships

DEFRA awards studentships for research in the area of agricultural studies. At Aberystwyth studentships are sometimes available for MPhil and PhD courses at the Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences.

Please contact the Institute for further information.

Disabled Students Allowance

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are grants to help with the extra costs a student may face because of a disability. Conditions covered include long-term illnesses, mental-health conditions or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Application for DSA can be made after the course application. Please see the Direct Gov website for information.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Quotas are usually allocated to departments to distribute to suitable applicants. Although we do not hold any quotas currecntly, the following departments at Aberystwyth have held quotas of NERC awards in the recent past:

Further information about applying for these awards can be obtained from the departments listed above or from the (NERC website).

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Quota STFC research studentships are available for applicants for research degrees (space/planetary physics only) in the Department of Physics. Please refer to the STFC website for more detailed information or contact the Department: phys@aber.ac.uk 

Doctoral Loans

From 1 August 2018, if you’re starting a full-time or part-time postgraduate Doctoral course (such as a PhD) you can apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000. A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan will be available if you don’t already hold a Doctoral degree or higher qualification. If you have a lower level qualification and are ‘topping up’ to a Doctoral degree, you won’t be eligible for the loan, as you can only get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan for a full postgraduate Doctoral course. Postgraduate Doctoral Loans are not based on your household income

How to apply:

Students domiciled in Wales or other countries of the E.U. (excl. the UK) should apply via Student Finance Wales

Students domiciled in England should apply via Student Finance England 

Deadlines: Please contact Student Finance Wales or Student Finance England as appropriate.


Please see either Student Finance England (if domiciled in England) or Student Finance Wales  (if domiciled in Wales or any E.U. country (excl. U.K.)).

Further information:

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance England

UK Food Systems-CDT Studentships

UK Food Systems-CDT Studentships

Aberystwyth University is a member in the UK Food Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (UKFS-CDT). This will train over 65 doctoral students from 2021-2027. The UKFS-CDT will create cohorts of future food systems leaders and innovators who can lead the UK towards a resilient, healthy and inclusive food future. 

Research will be fundamentally interdisciplinary and combine natural sciences and social sciences approaches, and methods. All students will work with food systems stakeholders in their studies. Research can encompass (but is not limited to) the following topics:

  • Environmental sustainability, climate change (Healthy Environment)
  • Food production, distribution, manufacturing and waste (Healthy Economy)
  • Food Environment, Consumer Behaviour, Diets, Nutrition and Health (Healthy People)
  • Food System Governance and Resilience (Healthy Society)
  • Livestock health and welfare (Healthy Animals)

The UKFS-CDT brings together the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich (lead institution), University College London, Royal Veterinary College, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University, Centre for Food Policy at City University, University of Sussex, and Brunel University London; and two leading agricultural research institutes, NIAB EMR and Rothamsted Research, plus over 50 partners from business, government and civil society. We offer over 350 potential supervisors to support interdisciplinary food systems training in collaboration with the UK Food Systems Academy (more details at www.foodsystems-cdt.ac.uk).

Understanding that food system challenges are complex, UKFS-CDT values equality, diversity, inclusion and justice.  The UKFS-CDT encourage individuals who have had career breaks due to, for example, caring responsibilities, work in relevant sectors, or a change in disciplines or career paths to apply.

UK Food Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (UKFS-CDT) Opportunities 2021

The UKFS-CDT will provide 15+ fully funded UKRI 4-year doctoral studentships, and interdisciplinary food systems training, for applicants seeking to commence PhD study in September 2021.

Further Information

Further information about the UKFS-CDT, and the opportunities available, can be found at www.foodsystems-cdt.ac.uk

How to Apply

To apply for a UKFS-CDT studentship, please visit www.foodsystems-cdt.ac.uk and follow the instructions online. 

For general enquiries, please contact info@foodsystems-cdt.ac.uk.


Applications for 2021 should be made via www.foodsystems-cdt.ac.uk, and close at 11.59 on 15 February 2021. 

James Pantyfedwen Foundation Grants

The James Pantyfedwen Foundation distributes grants to postgraduate students from Wales studying for a Masters or PhD award. Grants will be offered towards the payment of tuition fees only, up to a maximum of £5,000 in each case.

The closing date for any applications for the 2021-22 academic year is the end of June 2021. Details and application forms can be downloaded from the James Pantyfedwen website on www.jamespantyfedwen.cymru.