Swansea University’s Department of Physics has an opening for an STFC/College of Science funded scholarship in 2020 in Particle Physics and Cosmology Theory. The successful applicant will join the 2020 cohort of the Data Intensive Centre for Doctoral Training, a three-university consortium formed by cognate research groups at the universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea. As well as receiving courses delivered at Swansea in theoretical physics, CDT students will benefit from specialist training in data science, and undertake a six-month placement at a commercial or industrial partner organisation.


Research can be done in several areas of interest within the Particle Physics and Cosmology Theory group at Swansea including:

  • Theoretical cosmology and gravitational waves
  • Hot and dense QCD on the lattice
  • Physics beyond the standard model
  • Quantum Field Theories of Condensed Matter

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview over Skype or Zoom.


Scholarship type: PhD

Funding: covers UK/EU tuition fees plus stipend


Application Deadline: Position is open until filled. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis


Candidates must have a first, upper second-class honours or a Master’s degree with Merit, in a relevant discipline.


Studentships funded by STFC are subject to UK/EU residency eligibility.

For candidates whose first language is not English, IELTS score of 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent is required. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests.

N/B: Candidates who have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application are preferable, although this is not a requirement.


This is a 42 month fully-funded STFC scholarship, which covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend. The current stipend is £15,245 per annum.

How to Apply

To apply for this scholarship please complete the College of Science PGR Scholarship Application and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Monitoring Form, and return them to the College of Science with the following:

  • Academic References – all scholarship applications require two supporting references to be submitted. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as their references form a vital part of the evaluation process. Please either include these with your scholarship application or ask your referees to send them directly to [email protected]
  • Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates – academic transcripts and degree certificates must be submitted along with the scholarship application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.
  • A recent CV
  • Candidates should use the ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ section of the application form to indicate, in broad terms, their proposed research interests within the activities of the Particle Physics and Cosmology Theory group.
  • Should you wish to also apply for other current scholarship advertisements within the PPCT group please state this directly on your form.

Please email the documents to [email protected] with ‘STFC 20-21 CDT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION’ in the email subject header.

Informal inquiries and queries on eligibility for this programme may be directed to the Swansea CDT lead Professor Simon Hands ([email protected]).

Visit Scholarship Webpage for Details and Application

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