Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Studentship Funding

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The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK’s principal funder of basic and strategic biological research. To deliver its mission, BBSRC supports research and postgraduate training in universities and research centres throughout the UK, including BBSRC-sponsored institutes, and promotes knowledge transfer from research to applications in business, industry and policy, and public engagement in the biosciences.

BBSRC invests around £450 million per year in the biosciences and funds research in many areas of contemporary science, including:

  • Genomics, stem cell biology and bionanotechnology, that provide a basis for new technologies in healthcare, food safety, plant and livestock breeding, and bioprocessing;
  • Whole organism biology relevant to our understanding of diet and health, ageing, animal health and welfare, infectious diseases and immunity, and crop productivity;
  • Biological populations and systems that underpin agricultural sustainability, biodiversity and novel bio-based and renewable processes for energy and manufacturing.

BBSRC was established by Royal Charter in 1994 by incorporation of the former Agricultural and Food Research Council with the biotechnology and biological sciences programmes of the former Science and Engineering Research Council.

Eligibility and applications

Funding is awarded in the form of Doctoral Training Grants (DTGs) based on an allocation to the University made every three years. The University of St Andrews offers around seven funded places each year in Biology and linked subject areas such as Psychology, Chemistry or Physics.

Applications are welcome from UK/EU students holding a good first degree or equivalent with up to four years funding available via the schools of Biology and Psychology. Additional information on stipend, fees and fieldwork can be found on the BBSRC web pages. Current holders of a BBSRC Studentship can contact our finance advice and support office, ( for any additional information.

All funding and reporting is carried out by the finance advice and support office within the University so students will be requested to provide project details (title and description) for the BBSRC annual submission via the student research data portal (SRDP).