KESS2 PhD in Chemistry: Nanoparticle Phosphors

Key facts

Application deadline 14 July 2017
Start date October 2017 or January 2018
Duration 3 years
Funding body KESS
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

The project will investigate and develop new methods and approaches for functionalising inorganic phosphors that address the aerospace industry need for efficient lighting displays and surface coatings.

The project will combine synthesis and specialised characterisation techniques, including luminescence spectroscopy. The resultant luminescent properties will be studied and phosphor performance bench-marked against industry standards. In this way, we will be able to access highly novel materials which we envisage will allow much broader application and more efficient usage within the aerospace industry.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2 (KESS2) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the Higher Education sector in Wales. It is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) West Wales and the Valleys programme, by partners from the West Wales and the Valleys areas of Wales, and by Cardiff University.

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Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
The KESS2 scholarship will provide a stipend, plus c. £3K a year available to support project-related expenses. Fees will be met by the University.
Maintenance stipend Starting stipends of £14,198 per year for PhD studentships and £11,358 a year for MRes/MPhil studentships (exact figures subject to confirmation of start date and an income assessment).

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

Applicants for research PhDs at Cardiff University are expected to have one or both of the following:

  • a first degree, normally with class 2:1 or higher, or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • a relevant Master's qualification or equivalent.

Applicants must:

  • have a home or work address in the West Wales and the Valleys region at the time of their application for KESS funding and their enrolment for the course of study
  • have a legal right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the KESS2 support, and the right to take up paid work in the WWV region on completion of the scholarship
  • be classified as a ‘home’ or ‘EU’ student.

The Convergence area covers West Wales and the Valleys, and is made up of the following 15 local authorities:

  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Gwynedd
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Swansea
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Bridgend
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Caerphilly
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Torfaen.

Applicants must also be prepared to provide proof of identity and income as part of the stipend assessment process. Further details are available from the KESS2 Office.

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the PhD in Chemistry (start dates of October 2017 or January 2018).

In the funding section of your application, please select 'I will be applying for a scholarship/grant' and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from KESS2. In the research proposal section, include the project description contained here.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.


Funding opportunity provided by:

  • KESS2 logo
  • Welsh Government’s European Social Fund
Master's Excellence Scholarships

Master's Excellence Scholarships

Scholarships available worth £3,000 each for UK/EU students starting a master’s degree in September 2017.

Eligible research programmes

Eligible research areas