Fully-funded EPSRC PhD in Chemistry at University of Sussex in United Kingdom 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    University Of Sussex Sussex House, Falmer Brighton, BN1 9RH United Kingdom +44 (0)1273 606755 [email protected]

The application is now open for the Fully-funded EPSRC Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Sussex, intended for outstanding students who can demonstrate their academic achievements for the academic year of 2022-2023.

About the EPSRC Ph.D. Confinement of Molecular Nanomagnets in Carbon Nanotubes

By 2024, the storage industry is estimated to be worth more than $100 billion. There is an urgent need for innovative ways to store more data while reducing the physical size of storage media. Conventional technologies based on bulk magnetic materials are clearly reaching the end of their lives. In contrast, molecules with magnetic storage properties, called single molecular weight (SMM) magnets – are a possible solution to the problem. The advantage that SMM offers over traditional ferromagnetic materials is its submeter size combined with its quantum behavior. These properties respectively allow for storing more memory bits per unit area and the option to perform advanced functions such as quantum algorithm operations.

To date, the drawback of SMM is that most systems operate at liquid helium temperatures. Layfield Group Sussex Chemistry has taken steps to address this problem with the latest discovery of a high-temperature SMM that exhibits magnetic memory at liquid nitrogen temperatures. However, additional problems arise because these high-temperature SMMs are sensitive to air and unstable on metal surfaces, making them difficult to use for reading and writing tasks.

In this project, the university proposes to solve both of the remaining problems by inserting SMM into carbon nanotubes in collaboration with the Dalton Sussex Physics Group. The nano-patterned SMM in this way will form a physical barrier to the atmosphere, maintain its chemical stability, and allow it to interact with electric currents through the conductivity of the nanotubes. This should lead to the ability to address and thus the ability to read and write. If successful, this project has the potential to offer long-term opportunities.

Scholarship Provider: University of Sussex 

About the Provider

Stimulating, inspiring, and challenging has been a goal of study, research, culture, and campus for more than 60 years. From scientific discoveries to global politics, from student welfare to career development, Sussex innovates and leads. And today, in every segment of society and around the world, you can find someone from Sussex making its valuable and original contribution.
The University of Sussex received its Royal Charter on August 16, 1961. It was a historic moment not only for the Sussexes but also for higher education in the UK. A lot of things have changed – but not much. They still have one of the UK’s most vibrant student communities, with people whose compassion, energy, and commitment drive them to make real and positive change outside of Sussex. Their great campus will be honored and respected forever. The university researchers and educators never stop pushing the intellectual and innovative ways to save our planet.
The University of Sussex is an institute that gives students the opportunity to change the world. It is known internationally for bringing together leading scientists from different disciplines and having an approach that produces the most robust and meaningful results. The lessons are designed to help every student excel in their academics, professional career, and even in personal life. Students learn basic skills such as problem-solving, decision-making in the face of uncertainty, intercultural communication, and awareness of the business context.
The university believes that everyone should be able to reach their full potential, regardless of their background. They believe in the power of higher education to promote social mobility and that a diverse and inclusive university community can help create a more just society for all. Their work aims to provide students from underrepresented backgrounds with the awareness, guidance, and opportunities they need to make decisions about their future and thrive outside of the university.
Scholarship Summary
  • Academic Year: 2022-2023
  • Applicant’s Nationality: Local and International
  • Degree Level: Ph.D. Degree
  • Field: Chemistry
  • Duration: 3 and half-year
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Scholarship Awards: fully-funded international tuition fee rates and research and stipend cost
  • Scholarship Country: United Kingdom
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Offered Annually: Yes


  • Before proceeding with the application process, candidates must have or expect to have a bachelor’s degree of at least 2:1.
  • The academic qualifications must be in chemistry or a related subject.
  • The students may also be considered for the position if they have other qualifications or professional experience in an equivalent position.
  • International students who will be commencing their Ph.D. degree in chemistry.

Language Requirements 

  • The applicants must meet the English Proficiency requirements of the university, a 6.5 IELTS overall score or not less than 6.0.

Application Process

The application form can be downloaded and uploaded to the University of Susses provided portal. The application must be completed before uploading along with the required documents to better support the applicant’s scholarship application.

Required Documents 

  • Complete application form
  • Personal Statement
  • Research Proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree Certificates
  • Official transcript of Records
  • Two Academic references
  • English Language Proficiency results

On the application portal, the applicants must select the study program for Ph.D. Chemistry and the entry date in September 2022. It is important that the application must be stated as ‘EPSRC DTP 2022’ on the section fundings and the supervisor’s name.

Scholarship Awards 

The EPSRC Ph.D. in Chemistry Scholarship Awards will include a fully-funded international tuition fee, a research grant award, and a stipend based on the UKRI rates and the award will be up to three and half years.

Scholarship Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until June 10, 2022. Late and incomplete applications will be automatically rejected.

The successful students will be notified after the evaluation of the application. Students must read and agree with the terms and conditions applied to the scholarship.

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