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Fellowship, PhD and MSc opportunities

Post-graduate opportunities – Masters and PhDs

Are you an outstanding scientist or engineer who has recently completed, or expects to complete, your degree soon? UKAEA works with many UK universities, which have fusion-related post-graduate opportunities in physics, materials science, technology, engineering, computing and robotics.

Applications should be made to the universities, not UKAEA, but if you have any general questions on UKAEA and its research priorities, please contact studentenquiries@ukaea.uk.

PhD student


Several universities run Masters courses that have options for projects supervised by UKAEA staff, generally towards the end of the course, in particular:






At any one time, there are at least 100 students doing PhDs with us at around 20 different universities. Many are in Centres for Doctoral Training, in particular the following, which have PhDs at consortia of universities:

Applications are being sought for specific PhDs, fully funded by UKAEA and partner universities :

Applications are being sought for specific post docs in fusion related areas :

Fusion research fellowships (UKAEA)

Are you an outstanding scientist or engineer who has recently completed a doctorate or expects to complete a doctorate in the next few months? 

Do you want to be part of a vibrant research programme to develop fusion as an energy source for future generations?

Each year the UK Atomic Energy Authority aims to appoint one or two outstanding scientists or engineers who have recently completed a doctorate to a two-year research fellowship in any field of fusion research conducted at UKAEA.

Candidates need to be highly motivated and show initiative. UKAEA’s Fusion Research Fellows have a high degree of autonomy and are expected to define their own research programme, which should be aligned with the interests of UKAEA. The quality of the research project proposal, together with the skills and experience of the candidate, are key factors in the selection process. Since academic excellence is one of the selection criteria, it is recommended candidates mention significant prizes or other recognition in their application.

Managed and/or self-directed personal training and career development in UKAEA and elsewhere will be available and there will be opportunities for conference attendance and involvement in scientific outreach activities. Periods of overseas placements with our collaborators will be encouraged. The appointments will be two-year fixed term staff positions.


In general, successful candidates will have completed their doctorates in the previous five years. Candidates need a good degree in physics, mathematics, materials or engineering science and a relevant PhD, preferably in fusion research.

The closing date for 2022 applications has closed.  Applications for 2023 fellowships will open in October / November 2022.

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