When will you start recruitment for the 2022-23 academic year?
We are now accepting applications for the 2022-23 academic year. Please begin your application on our online portal here.
Do you accept international PhD applications?
We welcome applications from international candidates, who bring unique perspectives and experiences to the Franklin. We can offer one international candidate a funded place on our Franklin PhD studentship. The successful international candidate will remain registered with University of Edinburgh for the four years, during which time Edinburgh will generously cover international tuition fees. This means that this recipient of the Edinburgh scholarship will not have to pay any fees and will also receive an £18,000 annual stipend funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Please note that the Franklin cannot fund visa application costs, international flight costs or the immigration healthcare surcharge.
What should I include in my PhD application?
We will ask about these details in the application:
- Your contact details
- The contact details of two academic referees
- Education and employment experience
- Degree transcripts and degree certificate (if applicable)
- Research experience
- Personal statement 800-word limit
Please click here for suggestions on what to include in your personal statement and how to choose appropriate referees.
How do I apply?
We accept applications through our online application system. You can begin your application here.
I have no lab experience due to the pandemic. Can I still apply?
The Franklin is a research institute, and we are well aware of the restrictions that have affected universities and students worldwide. We welcome applications which demonstrate your enthusiasm, your academic merit, and your proactive commitment in finding out more about your subject – in and out of lab research.
I don't have a degree from a Russell Group university. Can I apply?
There are many reasons why students choose a specific university for their undergraduate degree and none of these reasons should be unfairly penalised during an application to join a PhD programme.
We welcome applicants from all UK and international universities, as we recognise that students with potential can come from anywhere. 50% of our current cohort of PhD students completed their undergraduate degree in a non-Russell Group university.
Can I start my application now and continue later?
The ‘submit’ button at the end of each section saves your progress, so that you can return (and add) to it later.
Where are students based during their PhD?
All Franklin PhD projects are connected to our novel, exciting technologies in development. Therefore, all students will be based close to full time in our Harwell hub for the four years (with visits to their university supervisor where needed).
Do I contact a supervisor before applying for the PhD programme?
Our Franklin PhD programme is a cohort of students, which means you are applying to us directly, and not to individual supervisors or projects. Please click here to read what you will need to complete your application.
I have a degree in [scientific subject]. Can I apply?
We very much encourage applications from individuals from all scientific, mathematical, computing and engineering backgrounds. We are building unique cohorts of candidates who have different expertise to collaborate and learn from each other.
Do I need to create a research proposal for the application?
We are recruiting for a cohort of students rather than for specific projects. During Y1, students will be provided with a choice of different proposals for their 12-week project. All of them will be based around Franklin technologies. Students will then select one based on their research interests and background.
Do you accept part-time students?
Our PhD programme is for full-time students only, as the first year is a unique interdisciplinary project-based system. This has been specifically created for a cohort of students working together.
When will you contact my referees?
Your two academic referees will only be contacted, through email, following a successful interview process. We will notify you when we begin to contact them. Please click here for suggestions on how to choose appropriate referees to support your Franklin PhD application.
How will I know if I am successful?
Submitted applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All applicants will be informed at touch-points throughout the year – either to be invited to an interview, or if they are unsuccessful. Unsuccessful applicants will be welcome to apply to our Franklin PhD programme in the following year.
Will recruitment change in the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our first round of interviews will take place remotely virtually via Zoom, but shortlisted candidates may also be invited to an in-person interview day hosted at the Franklin. Local measures on COVID protocols and restrictions will be disseminated to candidates nearer to the time.
Will students need to reapply after Year 1?
Home students will be registered at University of Edinburgh for Year 1. Their registration will be transferred automatically to another partner university for Years 2-4 (depending on which project they select) and they will graduate with a PhD from this partner university. International students who accept Edinburgh scholarship will remain at University of Edinburgh for four years. All students will be based almost entirely at the Franklin hub for the duration of the PhD programme.
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