PhD research opportunities

Information for UK academic institutions, research groups or research centres about calls for PhD funding.

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) operates the UK-France PhD programme and various smaller individual PhD calls. Calls for PhD-level research will each have a different theme and application process. We welcome applications to PhD level research calls from UK institutions with leading academics, research groups or research centres.

We do not accept applications from individual students; if you are a student you will need to approach a relevant department at a university.

UK-France PhD programme

The UK-France PhD programme is jointly managed by Dstl and Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA). In 2011, the Anglo-French Summit agreed that it was one of the 10 priorities for the Anglo-French Defence Research Group (AFDRG). 61 PhD projects have been funded, to date. In 2018 the intention is to fund 5 PhD’s.

The UK-France Joint PhD programme 2018 call (MS Word Document, 59.6KB) is now live. Applications must be submitted via email by 12:00 on Monday 12 February 2018 using the UK-Fr PhD Application Form 2018 (MS Word Document, 59.1KB) .


For more information about our PhD programmes, please email

Published 1 July 2014
Last updated 11 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. 2018 PhD call information and application form added
  2. Added information on UK/France 2018 PhD calling timelines.
  3. Removed Responsive Materials for Detection of Deposited Organic Solids PhD call as it has now closed.
  4. Updating PhD call information
  5. UK-France PhD Programme details updated
  6. New PhD call on military cyber systems
  7. Added 'Enhanced Detector Paper' PhD call.
  8. Add 2016 PhD calling notice
  9. UK-France PhD programme 2015 calling notice added
  10. New PhD calling notice added
  11. New PhD call added
  12. Added a new PhD call: Decision Aids for Command and Control
  13. New PhD call added
  14. New PhD call: Dstl is looking for funding options for a 3-year research project starting in October 2014 on the topic of analysis of aerosol samples with respect to microbial communities in geographically diverse environments.
  15. First published.