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The University of Southampton
Institute for Life Sciences

IfLS PhD Funding Awards

The IfLS is committed to expanding the opportunities it can offer to postgraduate programmes, through interdisciplinary projects where students can be guided by supervisors from different Faculties.

The call for interdisciplinary Life Sciences PhD studentship projects commencing in 2020/21 will open in October 2019. 

IfLS Studentships 2019/20 - this call is now closed.  Queries can be sent to

IfLS Members are eligible to apply for IfLS Studentships funds.  To register, Members should complete the 2018/19 application form and submit to  by 5pm on Wednesday 28 November 2018.  The application form is available in Useful Downloads below. 

To become an IfLS Member, please visit our IfLS Community webpage. A list of IfLS Members can be found here.

Scheme Outline: 
The IfLS has an annual allocation of funds to support PhD research students at the University of Southampton. These studentships are offered competitively across campus and are open to IfLS Members whose proposed project centres on interdisciplinary research.

The IfLS will support 50% of the costs of a full time studentship per year for three years.  Four year sponsorship will be considered on a case by case basis at the time of application.  Academics will be required to source the remainder of the funding through other external channels.  Once funding is in place, PhD students should be recruited through open competition using the model accepted by individual Faculty or Academic Unit. Students must have a degree with a minimum class of 2(1).  It is anticipated that the IfLS will support up to eight half-studentships each year.

25 October - 28 November 2018: IfLS Members to submit completed application forms to  

29 November - 21 December 2018: IfLS Committees will review applications and make awards.

31 May 2019: IfLS Members to confirm they have secured the other half of the funding.

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