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 two main PhD programmes (the defence and security PhD programme and the UK-France PhD programme) as well as 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.
Defence and Security PhD Call 2016: Military Cyber Systems
Dstl seeks to fund up to seven PhD studentships that will deliver research into concepts, methods, tools and techniques that can be applied to next generation military cyber systems in both benign and hostile environments. Find out more about this PhD call
Defence and Security PhD Call 2016: Enhanced Detector Paper
Dstl intends to fund a single PhD studentship to develop future, innovative ‘Enhanced Detector Paper’ technology, that can visually disclose the presence of deposited liquid chemical warfare agents (CWAs) including G- and V-series nerve agents and sulfur mustard. Find out more about this PhD call.
PhD call 2016: Novel Fabrication and Characterisation of Thermite Structures
The key aim of this research is to review, understand and develop new processing techniques for thermite products with potential applications relevant to defence and security. Find out more about this PhD call.
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). 53 PhD projects have been funded, to date. 10 PhDs were funded in 2016, 5 from the UK and 5 from France.
The 2017 UK-France PhD call is now open. Dstl is looking for proposals for 5 PhDs in a number of areas of interest including biology and biotechnology, information engineering and robotics, environment and geosciences, and big data among others. Expressions of interest for the programme should be submitted by Saturday 31 December. Find out more about the 2017 UK-France PhD call.
Defence and security PhD programme
The defence and security PhD programme is delivered by Dstl and is funded by the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) Chief Scientific Adviser. It provides an opportunity for universities to apply to Dstl for PhD funding. The 2015 call is now closed. The programme publishes an annual call; the details for 2016 will be published here.
For more information about our PhD programmes, please email email@example.com.
Published: 1 July 2014
Updated: 7 October 2016
- New PhD call on military cyber systems
- Added 'Enhanced Detector Paper' PhD call.
- Add 2016 PhD calling notice
- UK-France PhD programme 2015 calling notice added
- New PhD calling notice added
- New PhD call added
- Added a new PhD call: Decision Aids for Command and Control
- New PhD call added
- 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.
- First published.