The University of Southampton

Mayflower Scholarships

School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Southampton

Applications are invited for three PhD studentships supported by Mayflower Scholarships in the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Southampton. The Mayflower Scholarships provide full support of fees, student grant and some research support. These scholarships are available only to United Kingdom and European Union citizens.

We are seeking physics graduates with interests in one of the following research areas:

Astronomy - high energy astrophysical processes associated with black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs.

High Energy Physics – theoretical studies of the basic structure of matter ranging from string theory through quantum chromodynamics to the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

Nano-Structured Materials – solids patterned on sub-micron length scales; including photonic, magnetic and spintronic materials, superconductors and molecular electronics.

Lasers and Opto-Electronics – nano-photonics, quantum opto-electronics, semiconductor lasers.

The School of Physics and Astronomy at Southampton achieved a 5* rating in the last government Research Assessment Exercise, making it one of the top five schools in the UK. We offer an international atmosphere in a lively, interdisciplinary research environment with strong links between the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Schools of Mathematics, Electronics and Computer Sciences, Chemistry, and Engineering Sciences.

Applicants should have, or be about to obtain, a good upper second or first class honours degree in Physics, or equivalent. Successful applicants are expected to engage in research in one of our internationally-leading groups and also to assist in the School's teaching programmes, acquiring a combination of research and teaching skills that are highly valued by both the academic research and education professional economies. For further information and application forms, potential candidates should contact the graduate school office at

Mayflower Scholarships Rules of the Scheme

The school is offering a scheme to support UK/EU students who wish to study for a PhD. The rules of the scheme for 2018/19 entry are:

1. They will be fully funded for 4 years and any UK/EU person will be eligible to hold a scholarship.

2. The student will receive subsistence at the level of £10,277 pa subject to RCUK inflation rates + all fees.

3. The main purpose of the scheme is to provide students with an opportunity to carry out research to a PhD level in one the world-leading groups in our school. The applicant therefore needs to satisfy all the normal entrance requirements for the PhD programme.

4. Mayflower scholars can engage in paid demonstrating (teaching) of up to 300hrs per year spread over 46 weeks, with no more than 12 hours in any one week. This will amount to just under 20% of their working time. Payment will be made on submission of relevant demonstrator claims, payable through the Fees and Casual payroll at the current demonstrating rates.

5. All applicants need to be personally interviewed by the Deputy Head of School (Education) (or his/her nominee) as well as the normal research group selection process. This is to assess the suitability of the applicant to support our teaching programme.

6. The time the student spends doing teaching will be line-managed by an appropriate person e.g. Director of Teaching Labs, Director 3rd year studies, Course Coordinator etc. This manager will endeavour to develop the teaching skills of the student and use them in a positive and creative manner over the 4 years.