Science and Technology Facilities Council studentship funding

Application period opens
Tuesday 7 November 2023
Application period closes
Friday 31 May 2024
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Research Council Scholarships

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) provide St Andrews with funding for up to four studentships each year via an annual quota to the Schools of Physics and Astronomy and Mathematics and Statistics.

Studentships are typically for 3.5 years. STFC pay full home tuition fees and stipend (maintenance) at the UKRI rate for students that meet the Eligibility Criteria. More information on the Eligibility Criteria and STFC’s full terms and conditions can be found from UK Research and Innovation.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) was formed in April 2007 by merging the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) and the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC). With an annual budget of around £500 million, the Science and Technology Facilities Council:

  • funds the best research within astronomy and nuclear and particle physics;
  • enables the research community to have access to the best facilities in the world;
  • provides leadership and leverage in the development and implementation of strategies for large facilities;
  • increases the UK technology capability, engagement with industry and knowledge transfer.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council undertakes research at two principal sites: the Daresbury and Harwell Science and Innovation Campuses. Harwell is home to ISIS, the world's most powerful pulsed neutron and muon source - used to study the atomic structure of materials; Vulcan, the world's highest intensity focused laser; and the Diamond synchrotron, in which the Science and Technology Facilities Council has an 86 per cent share. The Cockcroft Institute at Daresbury leads the way in designing the next generation of particle-accelerators.

Value of award (per year)

Home tuition fees at UKRI rate (£4,712 2023/24)

Annual stipend paid monthly at UKRI rates (£18,622 from 1 October 2023/24)

Duration of award

up to 4 years (based on full fee paying years). It does not include periods of leave, write-up, continuation or extension.

At what stage of my course application can I apply for this scholarship?

Please apply after you have submitted your application for an eligible course at the University of St Andrews. You do not need to wait until you have received an offer of a place before applying.

Application restrictions

Study level

Available to students studying at:



Available to students studying:

Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Domicile for fee status

Scotland home, Rest of UK, Overseas


Available to faculty members from:

Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy

Application assessment

Academic merit

Available to

Prospective students

Mode of study

Full time, Part time - daytime

Additional criteria

All funding and reporting is via the University, students will be requested to provide project details for the Research Council annual submission via the student research data portal in October of the first year. Additional information may be requested at any time and any changes in status or the project should be forwarded to the DTG Coordinator.

Any issues with fees or funding should be reported to in the first instance.

Current award holder should refer to the STFC Postgraduate Funding Guide for full details on RTSG claims, fieldwork expenses, maternity cover and any other LOA’s or extensions likely to affect funding or submission dates. Requests for these should be emailed to Registry and the financial advice and support adviser on

If a student is prevented from working by illness for a continuous period of more than two weeks they must inform Registry immediately and send a medical certificate confirming the period unfit to work (regardless as to whether or not the student is suspending studies).

ROs cannot approve extensions to submission dates that are not associated with changes to the funding end date. All requests for submission date extensions not associated with changes to the funding end date must be referred to STFC via the financial advice and support adviser (

Current students can contact the School Postgraduate Secretary, Registry or Finance Advice & Support for any additional information regarding STFC or University terms and conditions.

Limited awards may be available for International applicants. Please check the full UKRI eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Apply to an eligible course at the University of St Andrews by completing the research application form. Prior to applying, you must make contact with a potential supervisor.

Full details of the internal application process can be obtained from the postgraduate office in your prospective Academic School:

Any academic wishing to supervise an STFC studentship should contact their Director of Postgraduate Studies in the first instance.

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian, Minority or Ethnic communities, and applicants with other protected characteristics who are under-represented in research posts at the University.

Terms and conditions

Please read the University of St Andrews scholarships terms and conditions

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If applying to this scholarship, please be aware of the following requirements:

  • You must meet and agree to the Research Council terms and conditions for funding. Please be aware that funding is not normally available during write-up, continuation or non-medical leave of absence periods.
  • You must be a registered student (have fully completed matriculation) before you can receive your funding, every year.
  • All payments are made directly into a UK bank account, awardees should ensure that they have registered their bank details securely through MySaint and keep these up-to-date to ensure that there is no delay in receipt of payment.
  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) handles all personal data in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) where appropriate.
  • Further information is provided via the UKRI Privacy Notice (
  • The University will collect and process your personal data to manage Award applications and to manage funds where an Award is made. This could include the passing of personal data to Award sponsors or their equivalent, only for the purposes of managing and monitoring an Award as required by the conditions of funding.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to notify the University as soon as possible of any interruption to study and return to study thereafter. Guidance for a request can be found on our Leave of Absence page. Please refer to the Research Council terms and conditions regarding funding and interruptions.

When will I know the outcome?

The outcome of your scholarship application will be available on View and continue my funding applications in Scholarships and Funding in the My Application portal (prospective students) or MySaint (current students) by mid July 2024.


School contacts:

School of Physics and Astronomy: 

School of Mathematics and Statistics: