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Higgs Prize PhD Fellowships in Theoretical Physics

Application are invited to up to two Higgs Prize PhD Fellowships in any area of theoretical physics, starting September 2022. We are particularly interested in recruiting students with a strong mathematical background who are passionate to study and explore the fundamental laws of Nature.

The Prize will cover fees and a four-year stipend, matching the level of the UK Research Council Maintenance Allowance rates (£15,285 per annum), as well as research funds of £1.5k per annum to cover books, computing and conference costs.

Applications are open to all students with no conditions on nationality. Furthermore, we value diversity, and we would like to strongly encourage female and international candidates to apply.

Before applying, interested candidates should get in touch with a supervisor from the Higgs Centre (a theoretical physicist who is an academic member of staff in the School of Physics and Astronomy) to support their application.

Applicants are advised to include in their application a statement of interest regarding the Higgs Prize PhD Fellowship under the ‘Research Proposal’ category (there is no need to write a detailed research proposal, just a brief description of the general topic agreed upon with the supervisor). The selection panel will take into account supporting statements from the prospective supervisors.

Students who have already applied and wish to submit a statement of interest for this fellowship are welcome to send their statements by email to the Graduate School Administrator Danielle Jeffery at

Note, if you are not able to meet the deadline, please get in touch with us.

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Higgs Centre PhD Coordinator

Applications are now closed
(since Sun 23 Jan 2022)

Postdoctoral Fellowships

There are a number of prestigious fellowships which might enable you to work with us, and which we can help you apply for:

We encourage interested applicants to get in touch with Einan Gardi or a member of the Management Committee.

Note that the School runs an internal selection process for these fellowships, as described here.

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Higgs Centre Director

PhD Studies

In the School of Physics and Astronomy we run a PhD programme in a variety of subjects. A PhD in Theoretical Physics may be taken in:

To apply to any of the above, please use the University postgraduate application system.

Interested candidates are welcome to contact the Graduate School Administrator.

You may also apply for a PhD in Mathematical Physics (separate application through School of Mathematics).

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Deputy Academic Administrator (Graduate School)