Fully-funded PhD Studentships in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing at Cardiff University, UK

Level of Study: PhD

Mode of Study: Full-time

Deadline: Open for reserve positions

Start-Date: October


The CDT will support postgraduate students to develop advanced knowledge and skills in compound semiconductor technology as well as developing research and professional skills and an understanding of the industry. This PhD degree programme is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing. The centre is led by Cardiff University working closely with partner universities, Manchester and Sheffield, and University College London (UCL).

Number of Awards: 12 to 13 studentships will be available per annum

Duration of the Scholarship: This is a fully funded scholarship for a 4-year duration during PhD degree.


A place in the CDT is fully funded for the 4-year duration and includes full university fees and a stipend for eligible students. This fully funded scholarship provides

  1. Full Home tuition fees
  2. Doctoral stipend matching UKRI National Minimum plus £750 per annum enhancement
  3.  Additional funding is available over the course of the programme and will cover costs such as research consumables, training, conferences and travel.


Eligibility Requirements:

Any prospective doctoral student wishing to study at a UK research organisation, including prospective international students, can apply for a UKRI studentship. Applicants should meet the following eligibility criteria

  1. Applicants should have or be expecting to graduate with a good degree in physics, electronic or electrical engineering (first or 2:1)
  2. Applicants should have a genuine interest in compound semiconductors and enthusiasm for the group approach.
  3. Applicants with a lower second class degree (2:2) in these subjects may be considered if they have a good result at Masters level study or significant relevant work experience
  4. Applicants with related physical science degrees on an individual basis will also be considered.
  5. Studentships are available for Home and International students.
  6. Applicants can find more details about eligibility can be found on the UKRI Website.

How to apply:

Interested students who plan to study for a postdoctoral degree in UK and looking for a fully funded scholarship, can apply for this scholarship.

  1. Applications must be made via the Cardiff University Coursefinder Page.
  2. Use the “Apply Now” in the page and select ‘Doctor of Philosophy’, ‘Full time’ and your preferred start date (October 2021).
  3. Login to the university page and fill in the application and submit the required documents.
  4. The application will state that you are applying for a 4 year PhD in the School of Physics and Astronomy, because this is the ‘home’ School for the CDT Programme.
  5. A research proposal is NOT required for this PhD Programme.  Instead, please state that you are applying for the CDT PhD in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing and your preferred MSc route: Physics or Electronics.
  6. To know more about the structure of PhD porgramme , applicants can visit the official website.

Documents Required:

  1. CV detailing your education and relevant work experience
  2. Personal statement telling us your reasons for wanting to study Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing as a 4-year PhD programme and why you are suitable for the CDT (approximately 500 words).
  3. Two recent references, dated within the last six months, that address your capability for PhD study, at least one of which should be an academic referee. Please note: it is the applicant’s responsibility to request and upload references to their application. If your referees would prefer to send their references directly to us, please ask them to email: semiconductors-cdt@cardiff.ac.uk
  4. your academic certificates and transcripts.


Phone: +44 (0)29 2251 1593 | Email: semiconductors-cdt@cardiff.ac.uk


Cardiff University is named one of the Top 10 most beautiful universities by The Times Higher Education. located in a beautiful and thriving capital city the university ambitious and innovative with a bold and strategic vision. It has a reputation for world-class research and provides an excellent experience for its student body. The university has a diverse student population with students coming from more than 100 countries and with a range of backgrounds. Our academic staff is driven by creativity and curiosity and many are leaders in their fields, creating a stimulating environment for learning. Cardiff University makes a significant contribution to the UK economy. Their excellence in teaching and learning provides highly skilled and well-paid graduates who make a significant contribution to the public purse when they enter the world of work. Driven by creativity and curiosity, the university strives to fulfill the social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.

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