Lincoln Agri-Robotics Studentships

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Lincoln Agri-Robotics PhD Studentships


Fully-funded three-year PhD studentships are available within Lincoln Agri-Robotics (LAR), the world's first global centre of excellence in agricultural robotics, recently funded by UKRI's Research England. The Centre bridges and expands the strong collaborations that exist between two leading research groups at the University of Lincoln: the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) and the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS). Students have the opportunity to work on projects that strive to make a real difference in the world, by investigating challenges that face the global agri-food industry: climate change, population growth, political pressures affecting migration, and ageing populations.

There are 6 studentships available. Students will focus their research within one of three grand challenges prioritised by LAR, while developing their own skills and knowledge as roboticists. These challenges are: (1) selective harvesting, e.g. picking a strawberry; (2) crop care, e.g. use of robotics to monitor crops, soils and environment; and (3) phenotyping robotics, e.g. using robotics to gather data and make decisions on plant traits, weeds, pests, and disease.

The key technologies targeted for PhD research contributions lie in one (or more) of the five specialties essential to LAR (mobile autonomy, manipulation and soft robotics, sensing and perception, fleet management, and human-robot collaboration). Students can gain experience developing research strategies, implementing approaches on physical robots, testing solutions in live fields, and/or evaluating systems with end users.

Our fully-funded studentship package includes:

  • All PhD tuition fees paid
  • tax-free stipend at UKRI rates to cover living costs
  • A Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)
  • Additional funding to support outreach and dissemination, attendance at summer schools, research events, and development projects.

Students can also benefit from:

  • The opportunity to develop their career, working alongside and in collaboration with academic and industry specialists of the future.
  • Internships, project work, and engagement opportunities with world-leading companies who are interested in both research collaboration and future postdoctoral graduates.
  • LAR PhD students will have the opportunity to study alongside students in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics (AgriFoRwArdS), led by the University of Lincoln in collaboration with thr universities of Cambridge and East Anglia.


We are looking for dynamic, focused graduates with a first or upper second-class honours degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent professional experience.

PhD Studentships Application Form

The current round of applications closes on 22 March 2020. Places are limited so early application is advised. 

Apply by sending the following documents to the LAR team at

- Completed Application Form

- Current CV

- Transcript of your first degree

- Transcript(s) of any previous degrees


For further enquiries, please contact the LAR team at