The Eric Birse Trust: Chemical Engineering PhD Studentship

The Eric Birse Trust was founded in 1984 by the family of Dr Eric A B Birse to commemorate his life and work.  The primary intention of the Trust is to fund, via The Eric Birse Studentship, PhD research in the field of Chemical Engineering.  The Studentship is open to all who wish to work in this discipline subject to meeting the Eligibility criteria and to complying with the Application Procedure both of which are detailed below.   

To date the Studentship has supported eight PhD students, each of whom has progressed to have successful careers in industry and academia.

You must apply with your own Research Proposal and nominate the most suitable academic within the Institute of Bioengineering, the Institute of Energy Systems, the Institute of Infrastucture and the Environment, the Institute of Materials and Processes (IMP) or the Institute of Multiscale Thermofluids (IMT) to supervise this research.  IBioE, IES, IIE, IMP and IMT academics can be found using this filterable list.  Please feel free to communicate with your chosen supervisor to discuss your Research Proposal.  Please note that your proposal must be in the field of Chemical Engineering.
Applicants should apply using the link above and are requested to complete the appropriate section of the online application form and submit a personal statement providing details of their proposed research project and its objectives.  The closing date for applications is 31 March 2020.
The Head of Graduate School, the School’s Postgraduate Progression Committee, the Director of Discipline for Chemical Engineering and the Heads of IBioE, IES, IIE, IMP and IMP will meet in April 2020 to select potential successful projects and interviews will take place shortly after.  The Studentship will commence without delay.

School Contact: Dr Daniel Orejon Mantecon

Further Information: 

Dr Eric A B Birse, OBE: Eric Birse was for some 30 years until his retirement, Chief Chemical Inspector for Scotland with responsibility for advancing both the regulation and implementation of pollution control measures within Scotland. A PhD physical chemist from The University of Edinburgh, he earned considerable respect from his peers for the rigour and quality of his scientific analysis and from Government Ministers, administrators and industrialists for his pragmatic approach to the control of industrial emissions.

Closing Date: 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Principal Supervisor: 

School Contact, see details below


Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU applicants.


Stipend and tuition fees are avilable for UK or EU students.  

Further information and other funding options.

Informal Enquiries: