PhD Studentship - H. Walter Stern PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering

£17,264 per annum
Jan 13, 2020
Feb 14, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
PhD / Doctoral
Vacancy Information

The Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) is seeking an exceptional graduate student to be the recipient of the prestigious H. Walter Stern Scholarship. The research project can be in any area where the department is active ( Catalysis & Reaction Engineering , Multiphase Systems , Electrochemical Engineering , Product & Process Systems Engineering, Molecular & Engineering Thermodynamics) as long as it applies a Nature-Inspired Engineering approach. Projects are widespread and range from fuel cells to self-healing materials, molecular engineering and fluidised beds.

H. Walter Stern was an alumnus of the department, who undertook a diploma course in Chemical Engineering in 1941. Mr Stern left a legacy in his will to the Ramsay Memorial Department of Chemical Engineering, to support teaching and research - and this generous gift has been used to set up this PhD studentship.

Studentship Description

The scheme aims to provide one new research student per year with the exceptional opportunity to work within their chosen research field to undertake a PhD programme at a world class research institution. The successful candidate will receive full tuition fees (UK, EU or Overseas) for 3 years, and a generous stipend and a research consumables fund for up to 3.5 years.

Person Specification

The candidate will have or be expected to obtain a First Class Honours degree from a UK MEng level programme or its overseas equivalent (e.g., a 4-year undergraduate degree) in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics or an associated discipline. The ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment that tackles questions across various fields of Chemical Engineering is expected. Effective written and verbal communication skills, good time-management, excellent attention to detail and the ability to work in a team are essential.


Applicants should be confident that they are able to demonstrate outstanding academic performance before applying for this scholarship scheme. Applications should be supported by a CV, a personal statement specifying you are applying for the Stern Scholarship and how you will use a nature-inspired engineering approach for the research subject you are interested in (approx. 1000 words and no more than 2 pages), and at least two recommendation letters, and must be submitted online at:

The successful candidate will receive written confirmation of their scholarship by 1 March 2020. Any offer of a PhD place will be conditional on a final interview by the Department and - if applicable - on the candidate receiving the required qualifications.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy, please contact

Contact name

Dr Mark Tilse

Contact details

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Closing Date

14 Feb 2020

Latest time for the submission of applications


Interview date


Studentship Start Date

September 2020

This role does not meet the eligibility requirements for a tier 2 certificate of sponsorship under UK Visas and Immigration legislation. Therefore UCL will not be able to sponsor individuals who require right to work in the UK to carry out this role.

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