Funding and Eligibility

**Please note this guidance relates to those Students who have been, or will be, recruited to start in the academic years up to and including 2020/21**

The NRPDTP welcomes your application. Please check your eligibility, for academic admission to the programme and postgraduate research degree study, and the residence requirements for NRPDTP studentship funding. In general funding is available to UK and EU nationals who have established UK or EU residency, but you are advised to check the details below to confirm your eligibility.


The NRPDTP studentship funding is from a UKRI-BBSRC training grant and supports for a maximum of 4 years to successful eligible candidates:

  • UEA tuition fees (Home/EU)
  • Student stipend per annum* (at the standard UKRI rate, 2020/21 stipend is £15,285)
  • Research Training Support Grant (£5,000 per annum)
  • PIPS or CASE placement costs

For information on University fees and funding relating to postgraduate research degrees please visit the UEA website.

*Some CASE studentships may have an enhanced stipend from the Non-Academic Partner associated with the project.

Qualification requirements

Candidates for academic admission to a doctoral degree at UEA and for entry to the NRPDTP programme 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 experience in the proposed field of research. Studentships awarded based on predicted grades will be conditional upon final results.

Before admission candidates must also meet the University’s minimum English language requirements. Details of English Language requirements for candidates for research degrees can be found on the UEA website.

Residence Requirements

In general, funding is available to UK and EU nationals who have established UK or EU residency. There are residence requirements for UKRI 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 candidate:

  • has been ordinarily resident in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long they can stay; and
  • has been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship grant, and
  • has not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purposes of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK nationals and EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education.)

All candidates are advised to check the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) training grant policy to confirm their eligibility for funding before they apply. See Annex B of the UKRI Training Grant Guidance document for ‘Residential and Eligibility Guidelines for UKRI Funded Studentships’. This includes further guidance, for example, about refugees, indefinite leave to remain, migrant workers, residence for education and EEA nationals.

In most cases, UK and EU nationals 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 nationals may qualify for a fees-only award if they meet the EU residency requirements, or a full award if they are migrant workers in the UK.

NRPDTP stipend-only award to candidates eligible for a UKRI fees-only award

Successful candidates who do not meet the UK residency requirements for a UKRI full award, but who do meet the EU residency requirements for a fees-only award, will be eligible for a NRPDTP Scholarship which pays a stipend grant at UKRI national levels for each year of study. There is no application form for this funding; if you have applied for admission by the deadline and meet the UKRI eligibility criteria for a fees-only award, and you have received an offer for a UKRI-BBSRC NRPDTP fees-only award, you will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

If you have any queries regarding the NRPDTP programme, projects or application process, please contact us.