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ERDF Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme

Exciting opportunity for PhD studentships working closely with local businesses

Northumbria University is seeking applications for PhD studentships, to work closely with business in the region, as part of the £3.9m Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme (IIIP) funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The IIIP Programme aims to encourage a culture of innovation that benefits business, leading to greater export opportunities and increased graduate employment, particularly in science and engineering. The IIIP Programme is a collaboration between Northumbria, Durham, Newcastle and Teesside Universities.

During each PhD project, the research student will work closely with the collaborating business, using innovative research to support the development of new products and services. Students will spend up to 49% of their time working with the business and at least 51% of their time at Northumbria University.

The PhD projects will start on 1st October 2018, for three years. The eligibility criteria for PhD candidates:

  • The IIIP PhD funding is available to Home and EU students.

  • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2.1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities; or a Masters, or APEL evidence of suitable practitioner achievement)

  • Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria University or elsewhere

How to apply - deadline 16th July 2018

The deadline for applications is midnight, 16th July 2018. To apply, please send the following information to alison.vipond@northumbria.ac.uk by the deadline:

  • A covering letter, clearly indicating the Title of the studentship project you are applying for and that you meet the eligibility criteria
  • A current CV – maximum 2 pages
  • Contact details for two referees – including postal and email address
  • Transcripts – candidates should supply clear and legible transcripts of their previous qualifications


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