Heilbronn Doctoral Partnership Scholarship

The Heilbronn Doctoral Partnership (HDP) invites applications for fully-funded PhD studentships in association with the Universities of Bristol, Manchester and Oxford. We are seeking applicants with research interests in Discrete Mathematics, interpreted in its broadest sense, which includes most areas of Pure Mathematics, Computational Statistics, Data Science, Probability and Quantum Information.

In addition to undertaking cutting-edge research in one of the partner universities, students on this programme will have the opportunity to spend nine weeks each summer (in years 1-3) at the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research (HIMR), where they will contribute to the classified research activities of the institute.

You may either apply for the 4-year programme, for which the nine week summer work at HIMR in years 1-3 is a requirement, or the 3.5-year programme, for which these summer placements are optional. Both programmes come with full funding for their duration, the former being funded directly by HIMR.

Successful candidates who wish to work at the Heilbronn Institute must satisfy vetting in order to engage with the classified research at HIMR and UK resident UK nationals will normally be able to meet this condition.

Students from traditionally under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

In order to apply, simply complete and submit a standard online DPhil application with all supporting materials via the following link:


and state that you would like to be considered for the Heilbronn Doctoral Partnership (in addition to all other available funding sources). You will be asked in the application if you are applying for a studentship, in the application please state yes and for the 3.5-year programme please state the code "3HBS" and for the 4-year programme please state the code "4HBS".

By applying for the DPhil in Mathematics at the University of Oxford, you will only be considered for the scholarship and a place on the course at Oxford, however you may apply to one or more partner universities.