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Funded PhD Studentships

Fusion CDT, a collaboration of the universities of Durham, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and York, is offering Funded PhD Studentships

  • Closing date: 31 Jan 2021
  • United Kingdom | Fusion CDT
  • Date posted: 01 Dec 2020
  • Job type: Academic: PhD/MSc
  • Disciplines: Nuclear, fusion & energy  | Plasma science & technology 

Fusion has the potential to meet our energy needs in a sustainable way, with minimum impact on the environment. Graduates from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fusion Energy Science and Technology (Fusion CDT) will be ideally placed to realise our dream of fusion energy.

With £222m to fund the first phase of STEP, first ITER plasmas from 2025, and NIF already operating, along with world-class facilities at UKAEA’s Culham site and in fusion companies, there’s never been a more exciting time to join the field! 

The Fusion CDT is a collaboration between the universities of Durham, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and York, working together with UKAEA, AWE, the Central Laser Facility and industry. 

We are seeking applications now for Autumn 2021 entry.

What we offer:

  • Fully funded four-year PhD research studentships.
  • A full training programme in fusion energy, including materials and plasma science.
  • A supportive environment within a cohort of fusion energy PhD students.
  • Extensive opportunities and funding for international collaboration and travel.
  • Links to world-leading fusion facilities and expertise in the UK and overseas.

The Fusion CDT supports a diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning and research environment across its partner organisations. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds and aim to support flexible working and part-time study where possible.

To find out more about the Fusion CDT and our upcoming virtual Open Day please visit

Please note that application deadlines vary – for further information on deadlines and how to apply please see


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