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At the University of Lincoln, postgraduate students are an integral part of our research community. They work alongside talented academics and researchers from around the world, contributing to our growing reputation for internationally excellent research.

There are opportunites to get involved in exciting research projects by applying for a studentship. The University offers a range of studentships including funded and part-funded opportunities, please refer to the current studentships information below.  

New Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-food Robotics

The world's first Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) for agri-food robotics is being established by the University of Lincoln in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia. Applications are now open for PhD studentships at the CDT starting in September 2019. Apply via:

Current Studentship Opportunities

Use the dropdown menus below to browse current funded and part-funded studentship opportunities at the University of Lincoln, listed by academic College. 

Studentship Terms and Conditions

College of Science

PhD in Motion Control for Future Trucks

An exciting PhD vacancy is now open in collaboration with Volvo Trucks (Sweden) to conduct research in motion planning and motion control of road vehicles. This is an exciting opportunity to further your career in modern vehicle control engineering. The project team includes both academic staff and industrial experts, and team-working is an important part of the project.

The research will assist the development of future generations of computer-controlled trucks, which will demand the highest possible levels of performance, safety, and energy-efficiency.

We are looking for a candidate with interest and experience in vehicle dynamics and control. A background in optimisation and optimal control methods will be a further advantage. The basic research will take place at the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool Campus. The project also includes dedicated time in Gothenburg, Sweden, where the Volvo team is based. There you will work in the team of experienced professional engineers, with the opportunity to implement research results directly in test vehicles. The research will also include periods of track testing, both in the UK and Sweden.


This collaborative project will run for up to four years under the supervision of Professor Tim Gordon (University of Lincoln) and Dr Leon Henderson (Volvo Trucks). The PhD researcher is expected to prepare research outputs such as reports and papers, and present the work at team meetings and at international conferences. Further opportunities will be available to contribute to teaching and other general activities at the University.

Financial Support

The project pays full-time tuition fees for up to four years of research, plus a tax-free stipend of £15,000 per annum. This increases to £20,000 after year 2 if completion within 3.5 years appears likely. Support for travel to Sweden, conferences etc. will also be provided. Optional contributions to university teaching provide additional income (at standard university rates).

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area. A background in vehicle dynamics and control is essential. MSc level graduates are particularly welcome. Applicants should be able to demonstrate excellent report writing and English language skills. The successful applicant must be able to complete appropriate levels of UK security clearance and must therefore be eligible under all criteria associated with this.

How to Apply

An initial expression of interest should be emailed to Professor Tim Gordon. Please include a one or two page CV, plus a one-page covering letter explaining your particular interest in this project.


Closing Date: The position will remain open until filled, please check


PhD Fee Waiver Scholarship – Recovery of Metals/raw Materials from Wastes, Residues and Ashes Produced Through the Thermochemical Conversion of Phytomined Biomass

Heavy metal contaminated land covers a large expanse throughout Europe and is often considered unsuitable for agriculture. Certain biomass crops have been identified as capable of phytoremediating such land (including Miscanthus).

This presents great opportunities in terms of land utilisation and remediation, but also poses interesting challenges with the production of a now contaminated biomass fuel. The heavy metal uptake of this fuel makes it unsuitable for traditional thermochemical use. There is also an excellent opportunity to recover metals and raw materials from this fuel, which would aid in the EU’s challenge of finding new sources of raw materials and also render this contaminated fuel usable once again.

This PhD project will focus on the following issues:

  • Metal uptake by biomass from contaminated land (efficacy of uptake, determination of which metals are absorbed, metal concentrations and partitioning within the plant).
  • Partitioning and fate of metals within waste streams from typical thermochemical conversion routes (pyrolysis, combustion and gasification). 
  • Development of novel methods for metal recovery from untreated fuels as well as from each of the waste streams through the use of molecularly imprinted polymers.
  • Development of online sensors to aid in the detection of the metals in the different treatment streams.

Funding Package

The scholarship covers tuition fees for the PhD up to the value of the UK/EU fee level. Overseas students may apply and the student will be responsible for the difference between the UK/EU, and overseas fee level. The grant holder will also be exempt from paying bench fees.

As living costs are not covered by this award, it is assumed that the grant holder will be applying for a PhD loan from the government (£25,000) for the three years research in order to guarantee a steady income to support themselves during their studies. However, candidates may secure other funds to pay for their living and maintenance during their PhD.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jose Gonzalez-Rodriguez ( or Dr Abby Samson ( for further information and to discuss details of the application.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an appropriate Master’s degree. Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although International students must self-fund the difference between the International and UK/EU fee rate. 

How to Apply

To submit an expression of interest, applicants should submit: 1) a 2-page CV including a short summary of academic qualifications; 2) a 500-word section outlining their approach to the project and explaining how their qualifications and experience meet the requirements. This should be e-mailed to Please quote reference ENG008 on all correspondence.


Applications are open until the vacancy is filled.

Open for UK, EU, and Overseas Students

Tuition Fees included (capped at UK/EU level) 

Living expenses not included

Duration: 36 months

PhD Funded Studentship

The Evolution of Complexity in Tetrapods

The School of Life Sciences is seeking to appoint a highly motivated and enterprising PhD student to carry out research on the evolution of complexity in tetrapods (limbed vertebrates) as part of a John Templeton Foundation grant entitled “Increasing Complexity: The First Rule of Evolution?”, awarded to the Universities of Bath and Lincoln.

This project plans to tackle our understanding of evolution, a process often seen as open-ended and of unlimited potential, making it impossible to formulate generalities. However, widespread examples of convergence in nature suggest predictable patterns, of which the trend towards increasing complexity may be one.

Do trends result from passive diffusion from lower bounds, lineage sorting, or parallel changes in multiple groups and different within-group lineages? How does complexity relate to shape disparity and taxonomic diversity? How are changes in complexity affected by mass extinctions and evolutionary/ecological/environmental transitions?

Our central objective is to test Evolution’s “First Law” – that complexity increases over geological time following sustained and directional trends. If demonstrated, such trends will shed new light on the forces that shape biodiversity. The project will investigate changes in skeletal complexity throughout 390 million years of tetrapod evolution.

Training Environment

The successful candidate will be based at the University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences (Joseph Banks Laboratories). The School offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, has invested in new equipment and infrastructure, and has strong links with international research centres worldwide. The student can benefit from an interdisciplinary and synergistic research environment and a multicultural student community. They will have the opportunity to attend regular progress meetings and receive mentoring and intensive training on experimental design in research, statistical methods, health and safety regulations, and written and oral presentation skills. They will also have access to personal/professional skills development courses through the Doctoral School and University Careers Service.


Dr Marcello Ruta: School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln.
Professor Matthew Wills: Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath. 

Entry Requirements

-Mandatory: first or upper second-class honours degree.
- Recommended: Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Zoology, Palaeontology, or Evolutionary Biology.
- Desirable: good experience of writing reports and presenting research to an audience.

Application Documents Required: 

Cover letter 
Two-page research proposal
Two letters of support 

All documents and informal enquiries should be e-mailed to:

Closing Date: 31 August 2019
Interviews: Early September 2019 

Funding Notes

Applicants: UK, EU, International 

Tuition fees (capped at UK/EU level) are covered though the University of Lincoln and the Graduate Teaching Assistantship, requiring the student to conduct up to six hours of teaching or related work per week; suitably qualified overseas candidates are required to self-fund the difference between the International and UK/EU fee rate.

Stipend: PhD stipend = £41,250.00 in total; fees = £11,715 in total.*

Start Date: 1st October 2019 or immediately thereafter.

Duration: 36 months.

*pending release of funding


Adamowicz, S.J. et al. Increasing morphological complexity in multiple parallel lineages of the Crustacea. PNAS 105, 4786-4791 (2008).
Hughes, M. et al. Clades reach highest morphological disparity early in their evolution. PNAS 110, 13875-13879 (2013).
Marcot, J.D., McShea, D.W. Increasing hierarchical complexity throughout the history of life: phylogenetic tests of trend mechanisms. Paleobiology 33, 182-200 (2007).
McShea, D.W. et al. A quantitative formulation of biology’s first law. Evolution, 73, 1101-1115 (2019).
Oyston, J. et al. What limits the morphological disparity of clades. Interface Focus 5, 20150042 (2015).
Ruta, M. et al. Decoupling of morphological disparity and taxic diversity during the adaptive radiation of anomodont therapsids. Proc R Soc B 280, (2013).
Ruta, M. et al. The radiation of cynodonts and the ground plan of mammalian morphological diversity. Proc R Soc B 280, (2013).
Ruta, M. et al. The evolution of the tetrapod humerus: morphometrics, disparity, and evolutionary rates. Earth Environ Sci Trans Roy Soc Edinburgh 109, (2019).
Ruta, M., Wills, M.A. Comparable disparity in the appendicular skeleton across the fish-tetrapod transition, and the morphological gap between fish and tetrapod postcrania. Palaeontology 59, 249-267 (2016).
Wills, M.A. et al. Evolutionary correlates of arthropod tagmosis: scrambled legs. Systemat Assoc Spec Vol 55, 57-65 (1998). 

Fee Waiver Scholarships

The School of Pharmacy is delighted to offer three Fee Waiver scholarships (UK/EU only) for its Masters of Science (MSc) by Research Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. This is a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate progression while tuition fees are covered by the School of Pharmacy.

The three available scholarships are for students interested in applying to work on the following research projects:

Design of emulgel drug delivery system of sorbitol derivatives gelators to improve the skin permeability of hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs.

Contact: Judy Steven:

Synthesis and evaluation of water-soluble macrocycles for the recognition, differentiation and sensing of methyllysines.

Supervisor Dr Tobias Gruber 

Chemical and biological studies on antibiotics to Target Bacterial Cell wall Synthesis.

Supervisor Dr Ishwar Singh 

College of Social Science

PhD Funded Studentship in ‘Improving Pre-hospital Care for Chronic Respiratory Disorders’

Applications are invited for a funded studentship associated with the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR-CLAHRC) East Midlands. Applications are welcome from outstanding, highly-motivated students who wish to join a thriving research environment based at the Community and Health Research Unit and Lincoln Institute for Health of the University of Lincoln.

Candidates are sought with interests in pre-hospital ambulance care of chronic respiratory disorders using statistical analysis of large datasets combined with qualitative methods.

Supervision team: Prof Niro Siriwardena, Prof Graham Law, Dr Arwel Jones

The successful candidate will join an active and growing research centre, the Community and Health Research Unit (CaHRU) at the University of Lincoln, working on pre-hospital and primary care quality and outcomes research.

Contact: Prof Niro Siriwardena (

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area. Applicants with a relevant Master's degree are particularly welcome. Experience in scientific research in relation to health will be desirable but not essential. Strong scientific qualities will be essential, and applicants should also possess excellent report writing and English language communication skills, and an ability to work to deadlines. The studentship is open to UK, EU, and international students.

How to Apply

An application consisting of a two-page CV and two-page covering letter including a personal statement demonstrating how your experience to date prepares you to undertake PhD level research, and a summary of the research, should be e-mailed to Maureen Young ( Those called for interview will be required to prepare a presentation.

Please quote the project reference ID in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date: 26 July 2019

Interviews: w/b 5 August 2019

Start Date: 2 September 2019

Tuition Fees included (capped at Home/EU fee level)

The studentship covers tuition fees up to the value of the UK/EU fee level. International students will be responsible for the difference between the UK/EU and overseas fee level.

Stipend/Living allowance: £15,009 per annum

Duration: 36 months

Reference: HSC2019-4

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