PhD Scholarships at SEPnet Universities

SEPnet is a consortium of nine world-class universities focused on the future of physics. Each member offers a range of fully-funded, competitive PhD scholarships within their varied research programmes tackling the grand challenges in physics. Scholarships opportunities can be found via the research links above, and also on the RADnet pages.Many scholarships are restricted to UK and European Union students, but some can be awarded to students from around the world. Unfunded places are usually also available for self-funded students, e.g. holding foreign government or industry funding awards.

GRADnet – SEPnet’s graduate network

GRADnet is SEPnet’s collaborative physics graduate school, providing one of the most dynamic postgraduate training environments in the UK. GRADnet conducts an annual programme of discipline-specific training and also more generic postgraduate skills training for physics PhD and MSc by Research students to enhance their knowledge, skills and future career opportunities. The planning and delivery of the collaborative programme draws on academic and technical input from across the universities constituting SEPnet and industry, and is jointly delivered by both academic and industry course leaders. GRADnet events include industry workshops and challenges to expand your horizons, enabling you to discover first hand the myriad ways in which physics PhD graduates have employed the knowledge and skills developed during their research, so you too can make the most of your PhD. Courses range from 1-day training sessions at a central location, to 3-4 days residential schools. SEPnet-arranged industry placements are also available to PhD students, either during or shortly after the completion of their degrees. These and other opportunities, e.g. opportunities to participate in community outreach, will enhance your competencies and abilities, as well as strengthen your C.V.

Why do a PhD in the first place?

You may or may not know what you want to do after your physics PhD, but whether your plan is to enter academia or to take your PhD training into a career in industry, the GRADnet programme can help you make your mind up and prepare you for what comes next.

Unsure whether you fit the PhD mould?

Relax; there is no mould, and there is no one stereotypical physics researcher.

SEPnet is particularly proud of the diversity of its researchers, men and women who come from many backgrounds, cultures, ways of life, religions, countries and span a wide range of ages, united by a fascination for the workings of the Universe that transcend human limits. The partners in SEPnet are committed to equality and diversity, and have achieved a range of Athena SWAN awards and Institute of Physics Project Juno awards. These demonstrate their continuing commitment to improving organisational practices to promote tolerance and equality throughout SEPnet and in its interactions with the world we inhabit, leading to the creation of a better working environment for all.

GRADnet enquiries: Cristobel Soares,