Physics: Royal Society Funded PhD Scholarship: Title Duality and Integrability in String Theory

Closing date: 15 February 2018

Key Information

Project Supervisors:

Start date: 1 October 2018 

Project description: 

Duality, Holography and Integrability are three central pillars of research into string theory. The purpose of this project is to investigate the rich mathematical and physics insights that lie at the intersection of these three pillars. This project will focus on integrable two-dimensional world sheet theories that can be used to describe strings propagating in certain target spacetime backgrounds which, in turn, are thought via holography to describe Quantum Field theories in four-dimensions. 

A particular aim of this project is to develop a better understanding of the quantum aspects of integrable models and their relation to generalised notions of T-duality.  


Candidates must have a first, upper second class honours or a Masters degree with Merit, in a relevant discipline.

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests

There are no restrictions on nationality of candidates however please note that the scholarship only covers UK/EU tuition fees.


The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, an annual stipend of £14,553 and research costs for 4 years by the Royal Society.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the stated deadline.

To apply for this studentship, please download the Scholarship Application Form ‌and return it to the College of Science with the following:

  • Academic References – all scholarship applications require two supporting references to be submitted. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as their references form a vital part of the evaluation process. Please either include these with your scholarship application or ask your referees to send them directly to
  • Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates – academic transcripts and degree certificates must be submitted along with the scholarship application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.
  • A recent CV

Applicants should use the ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ section of the application form to explain why the award they are applying for particularly matches their skills and experience and how they would choose to develop the project.

Please email the documents to or post them to:

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College of Science
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Swansea University
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Informal enquiries before the deadline for formal applications are welcome by emailing Dr Daniel C. Thompson (