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).

The call for the 2019 programme is now open until 12:00 on Thursday 17 January 2019. Find out more about this year’s programme and how to apply

Quantum sensing PhD call 2018

Applications are now open for PhD funding in quantum sensing research. Find out more about the research themes and how to apply.


For more information about our PhD programmes, please email

Published 1 July 2014
Last updated 6 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Details for 2019 UK/France PhD programme added
  2. Applications for quantum sensing PhD funding are now open.
  3. The date of the 2019 UK-France PhD programme call updated.
  4. Added PhD call.
  5. 2018 PhD call information and application form added
  6. Added information on UK/France 2018 PhD calling timelines.
  7. Removed Responsive Materials for Detection of Deposited Organic Solids PhD call as it has now closed.
  8. Updating PhD call information
  9. UK-France PhD Programme details updated
  10. New PhD call on military cyber systems
  11. Added 'Enhanced Detector Paper' PhD call.
  12. Add 2016 PhD calling notice
  13. UK-France PhD programme 2015 calling notice added
  14. New PhD calling notice added
  15. New PhD call added
  16. Added a new PhD call: Decision Aids for Command and Control
  17. New PhD call added
  18. 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.
  19. First published.