Funding and Eligibility

The NRPDTP and iCASE welcomes applications from UK and EU nationals. Please check your eligibility both for academic admission to study for a PhD degree, and for DTP studentship funding.

Studentship Funding & Eligibility

The studentships are for a maximum of 4 years and cover full tuition fees (Home/EU), and student stipend (2018/9 stipend is be £14,777 per annum) and a Research Training Support Grant (£5,000 per annum) subject to eligibility and satisfactory progress.

All candidates should check the Research Councils UK (RCUK) eligibility guidelines to confirm their eligibility for funding before they apply.

Further information can be found on the RCUK Training Grant Guide (specifically pages 5-6 & Annex 1) and RCUK Grant Terms & Conditions (specificially pages 11-12) and by consulting the BBSRC Guide to Student Eligibility.

Academic Eligibility

Applicants for DTP and iCASE studentships must have obtained (or be about to obtain), a First or Upper Second-class UK Honours degree - or qualifications gained outside the UK that are considered to be equivalent - in an appropriate area relevant to their proposed field of research. Applicants with a Lower Second-class degree will be considered if they also have a Master’s degree, or have significant relevant additional non-academic experience. Studentships awarded based on predicted grades will be conditional upon final results.

If English is not their first language, applicants must also meet the University's English language requirements. Details of English Language requirements for candidates for research degrees in Science or Medicine and Health can be found on the University website.

Residence Eligibility

In general, there are residence requirements for research council funding for postgraduate research. These are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments. Normally, to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education). For further information regarding residence requirements, please see the regulations above. These include further information, for example, about refugees, migrant workers, residence for education and EEA nationals.

In most cases UK and EU students who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the course are eligible for a full award. Other EU students may qualify for a fees-only award from BBSRC if they meet the EU residency requirements, or a full award if they are migrant workers in the UK.

The NRPDTP also offers Bioscience Doctoral Scholarships which pays a stipend grant at RCUK level to students in the NRPDTP who meet the EU residency requirements for a fees-only award. There is no application form for this funding; as long as you have applied for admission by the deadline and meet the RCUK eligibility criteria for a fees-only award from the NRPDTP, you will automatically be considered for this scholarship competition.

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