Fully Funded Studentships

The ReNU projects below are currently available. There are a minimum of 13 studentships available for starting in October 1st 2020. Each award includes (Home/EU) fees, an annual living allowance (£15,009 for 2019/20) and a Research Training Support Grant (for travel, consumables, and further training). For full eligibility criteria and to apply please click the title link to

The application closing date is January 31st 2020 and interviews will take place in February. 

Please note: 

  • Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a First Class (Hons) or Upper Second Class degree or a Masters (preference for Merit or above) in an appropriate subject area.
  • The scholarship award is set at the Home/EU level of fees.

We encourage applications from under-represented groups.

Self-sustained surface cleaning of solar energy systems

Flexible substrate rectenna devices for energy recovery

Distributed Energy Resources Aggregation and Optimisation in Future Power System (Ref: RENU20/EE/MPEE/JIANG)

Back contact engineering for high performance kesterite solar cells

Hybrid piezoelectric films and smart icephobic coatings with acoustic wave strategies for active ice protection in wind turbines

Bismuth-chalcohalide solar cells

Can you get more with less? Organic Photovoltaics for longer lifetime and lower cost via blending with commodity polymers. (Ref: ReNU/Groves)

Fault Tolerant Solid State Transformers for Microgrid
(Ref: ReNU/Horsfall)

Spin Dynamics in Multilayer Organic Photovoltaics and Organic Light-Emitting Diode Films (Ref:ReNU/Hindmarch)

Maximizing damping of wind energy structures through the use of locally resonating yarns embedded in 3D woven composites (Ref: ReNU/Szyniszewski)

Making multifunctional energy storage devices more sustainable
(Ref: ReNU/Shirshova)

Understanding ion mobility mechanisms in solid electrolytes
(Ref: ReNU/Johnston)

Renewable hydrogen production using molten-salt membranes (ReNUH2) (Ref:Renu20-02)

Smart blade technology for aiding tidal energy conversion
(Ref: Renu20-05)

Bacteria Recognition-Extraction from Wastewater (BREW) for next generation Microbial Fuel Cell Technology (Ref:Renu20-06)

One-dimensional Polymer Platform for Indoor Light Harvesting
(Ref: Renu20-09)

Exploiting Nanoparticles for Thermal and Light Driven Valorisation of Carbon Dioxide (Ref: Renu20-12)

Molecular Engineering of Interfaces for Catalytic Small Molecule Conversion. (Ref: Renu20-13)

e-Biofuels from CO2 conversion
(Ref: Renu20-16)

Aligned Students

We welcome applications from PhD students to join the ReNU as aligned members. Aligned students will attend a range of ReNU CDT training events at no cost, and have the option of joining other activities at additional cost. For more info and to apply please click here.

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