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A number of research studentships are also available as well as a large number of bursary awards worth pounds 6,500 a year..
CELS has joined forces with its partner, North East networking forum BioNEt, to fund industrial studentship grants to PhD students across the region.
The new fully-funded studentships, subject to contractual agreements, will power innovative research in the financial and professional services, advanced materials and manufacturing, creative industries and ICT sectors.
A spokesman for regional development agency One North East explains: "The North East Studentship provides full or partial funding for study at Masters or PhD level at one of the five universities in North East England combined with work-based placements at companies in the region.
The Studentships will provide invaluable financial support for students who might otherwise be unable to undertake research and therefore be prevented from helping to build the future of the department.
Bionet funds three-year research studentships to do this, with six studentships ongoing at any one time where each student, although primarily based within a university research laboratory, must spend significant amounts of time working with the industrial partner ( with impressive results.
The Richard Whipp Studentships will provide support for post-graduate research students.
The studentships play a crucial role in bringing together the region's academic and industry bases and include an industrial attachment spanning from six to 18 months.
The studentships will provide opportunities and support for bright students from all social backgrounds to undertake PhD studies at the university.