How to Apply

Step 1

Browse the Current PhD Opportunities.

Current PhD Opportunities
Step 2

Carefully read the information for applicants below.

Information for Applicants
Step 3

Submit your application following the instructions in the Application Process section below.

Application Process

Information for Applicants


The studentship is only available to UK and other EU nationals (due to funding criteria, EU nationals who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of their studentship will be restricted to a fees-only award). If you have not always lived in the UK refer to the Eligibility Links below.

Each student will be supported by the tax-free stipend (£14,777 in 2018/19), typically for 4 years or as otherwise stated on the project advert. In addition, for eligible students, the award will cover EU/UK fees

All Waitrose CTP students will have a Research and Training Grant (RTSG) of £3000 per annum to fund their research. The RTSG is provided to support the project in terms of project consumables, travel and accommodation expenses and attending conferences. All students will have the opportunity to bid for a contribution from the Individual Training Grant Fund each year.


Alongside the PhD project, all students have the opportunity to exhaust several avenues of high-quality training courses from their home institutes and collaborators of the CTP.

The training programme consists of varied opportunities from cohort development and multidisciplinary events to research skills training. The aim of the training plan is to develop doctoral researchers capable of conducting world-class research.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have or expect to have, a minimum Upper Second Class UK Honours degree or the equivalent qualification gained outside the UK, in a relevant subject to the project they are applying for (these will be specified in the individual project descriptions).

Application Process

The list of Waitrose CTP research projects students can apply for are currently available on our Current Opportunities page. They are also advertised on

  1. Download Application Form, Referee Form and Diversity Information Form
  2. Complete the Application Form and Diversity Information, rename the document with your ‘Name and Application Form’ e.g. Joe Bloggs Application Form, Joe Bloggs Diversity Information
  3. Send the completed Application Form, Diversity Information Form and a CV to email address as indicated within the project advert. Go to Current Opportunities page and click on Full Details for project advert.
  4. Send the referee document to two referees and request them to forward the referee document to the email address as indicated in the project advert
  5. Please note if you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date then you have been unsuccessful on this occasion
  6. In the meantime if you have any issues or questions please contact