PhD Scholarship in Asteroid and Cometary Science at the University of Kent

University of Kent - Centre for Astrophysics & Planetary Science

Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Lowry

The Centre for Astrophysics & Planetary Science at the University of Kent offers a fully funded PhD studentship for commencement in September 2018. A range of projects are possible including analyzing and modelling data from telescope observations of asteroid and cometary bodies, and working on imaging data from the Rosetta comet orbiter. The PhD project will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Lowry, and they will be based at the University of Kent’s main campus, in Canterbury. Further details on the project can be provided by Dr. Lowry.

Entry requirements and Funding: Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first-class honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Astrophysics, or a related subject. This Scholarship will be offered at the standard UK Research Councils' rate (currently £14,553 per annum; to cover living costs) and will additionally cover tuition fees of ~£4195 per annum. Candidates must be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. Students from other EU countries may be eligible for a fees-only award.


Contact: For further information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Stephen Lowry directly (, and for further information on how to apply via the University of Kent online system, please contact Kim Britnell (

Further details on the University of Kent School of Physical Sciences and CAPS are available here and here respectively.

How to Apply: To apply please go to:

You will need to apply through this online application form on the main University website. Please note that you will be expected to provide personal details, education and employment history and supporting documentation (Curriculum Vitae, Transcript of Results, Two Academic References).

Deadline for Applications: 6 February 2018

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