The Faraday Institution PhD Enrichment Scheme

An enrichment scheme funded by the Faraday Institution designed to increase the knowledge, skills and aspirations of dynamic and diverse cohorts of UK battery related PhD researchers; setting up individuals for career success.

Past graduates of the Faraday Institution PhD programme have gone on to successfully secure positions as postdoctoral researchers in academia, scientists in the battery industry, analysts in the energy storage sector and one has even successfully set up their own company.

New criteria for October 2023 intake


  • You must be undertaking a full-time funded battery related PhD at a UK academic institution*
  • The scheme is designed for people in the first year of their PhD who will have started by autumn 2023 (and 2 January 2024 at the latest).

*Up to 30% of PhD researchers in the cohort can be international students working at UK academic institutions 

Who are we looking to work with?

  • Talented individuals who are keen to pursue a career in the UK battery sector (whether in academia, industry or other battery related role)

What must you be able to demonstrate?

  • Academic excellence
  • A high degree of motivation towards optimising the PhD experience, growing a network and building a strong researcher professional identity
  • PhD research is aligned to the Faraday Institution priority areas
  • Commitment – a condition of acceptance of a place, is full attendance at training events
  • Supervisor support

What do we offer?

  • A quality training programme from October 2023 – March 2025 (with potential extension subject to funding)
  • Equivalent to a monetary value of >£10,000
  • Lectures from experts, industry tours and a range of specific training on a variety of topics
  • The opportunity to be part of a dynamic community of 500+ battery researchers
  • 15 places

How to apply

In order to apply, please submit an application via Flexi-Grant.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide:

  • a mandatory letter of support from your supervisor
  • a 3-minute video to support your application (further instructions on page 6 of the application form on Flexi-Grant)

The closing date for applications is 18th June 2023.

 (If places remain unfilled, then applications will reopen and be reviewed on a rolling basis)

 Selection process

  • Applications will be reviewed by a diverse panel of battery experts and career specialists
  • Priority will be given to PhD researchers working on Faraday Institution research projects


  • Candidates who apply by 18th June 2023 will be notified of whether they have a place on the Faraday Institution PhD Training Programme (for an October 2023 start) by 18th August 2023.


For any questions relating to the Faraday Institution Enrichment Scheme, please contact


We also want to support supervisors in recruiting high-quality talent to PhD positions and have created a webpage featuring opportunities.  If you would like to have a battery related UK PhD position featured, please send details to

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