University of Dundee

The Scottish Food Security Alliance – Crops (SFSA-C) PhD Studentships

All positions on this programme are now filled and no further recruitment is currently anticipated.

The Scottish Food Security Alliance is a new collaboration between the James Hutton Institute, the University of Dundee and the University of Aberdeen that recognises the important role Scotland has to play in ensuring crop-based food security.  The Scottish Food Security Alliance – Crops (SFSA-C) brings together the breadth of expertise in the partner organisations to deliver basic, strategic and applied science, with the aim of offering relevant and practical solutions to complex issues surrounding food security.

The SFSA-C provides a vibrant interactive hub for collaboration and training opportunities, with the resources and state-of-the-art facilities required to stimulate excellence and support career development in challenging areas of research and development with global significance. 

To strengthen research collaboration and interaction among the partner organisations, each PhD Project has been designed and will be supervised by academic staff from at least two organisations under activity of three pillars: Plant Crop Science, Plant-Soil Interface and Food Systems.


The studentships include funding for stipend and fees at the Research Council UK rate. Applicants for studentships must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a minimum of an upper second class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.

These studentships are available to UK and other EU nationals (due to funding criteria, EU nationals MUST have resided in the UK for three years prior to commencing the studentship) and provides funding for tuition fees and stipend.

International students are welcome to apply. However, funding is available at the UK tuition fee level only and international applicants would be responsible for paying the difference between UK and international fees. Tuition fees will be paid for the host institution.

Application procedures

For more information and to view details about the application procedure, please refer to the Alliance’s website.

Applicants are kindly requested to apply for SFSA-C studentships, regardless of host institution, through the University of Aberdeen's online application portal.  On application, please ensure that "PhD in Biological Science" is selected and supervisors are listed.