Prize PhD Studentships plus access to over 100 other funded PhD places in Physics in Scotland

Scottish Universities Physics Alliance - SUPA

The Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) is offering PhD studentships for outstanding students from anywhere in the world. These prestigious and competitive awards are intended to attract excellent students to study for a PhD in Scotland. SUPA opens a single front door into Physics PhDs in Scotland. When you apply for a SUPA Prize PhD Studentship you will also be considered for all other funded places available in physics departments in Scotland.

Major themes pursued by researchers in SUPA are:

Astronomy and Space Physics

Condensed Matter and Materials Physics


Particle Physics


Physics and Life Sciences

Nuclear and Plasma Physics

SUPA Prize Students are registered for a PhD in physics at one of the participating universities:





Heriot Watt

St Andrews


University of the West of Scotland

An excellent training environment will be provided by the SUPA Graduate School, giving candidates access to a wide range of courses across Scotland. The considerable physics expertise within Scotland is made available to PhD students through:

video links between dedicated teaching rooms

computer mediated resources and tools

practical activities (e.g., programming labs)

tutorials and discussion classes

lectures by distinguished visitors

summer schools

collaborations with major research facilities

knowledge transfer opportunities

entrepreneurship training

All physics PhDs in Scotland are considered SUPA Graduate School students and are eligible to attend.

How to Apply

Applications should be made using the online application form available at:

Instructions for completing the form are given in our Application Guide.

Applications MUST be submitted by 23:59 GMT on Tuesday 31st January 2017. References MUST be uploaded by 23:59 GMT on Tuesday 7th February 2017. You will be informed of the result of your application by each institution. You must also apply to your chosen SUPA university to undertake a PhD and are obliged to meet the minimum requirements of that institution.

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