Our EPSRC DTP Studentships enable exceptional postgraduate research candidates to undertake a 3.5-year research project in the field of engineering and physical sciences. For 2019/20 we have approximately 53 x 3.5-year studentships (home fees plus standard UKRI stipend) available for application.
At least nine of these will be industry collaborative CASE Studentships, where a minimum of three months will be spent by the student researcher in industry. The student is co-supervised by an academic supervisor and a qualified employee of the industrial partner and benefits from exposure to cutting-edge research relevant to the industrial partners’ priorities and objectives.
A small number of the most exceptional candidates will also be offered the opportunity to become part of the annual cohort of President’s Doctoral Scholars, an honour that provides them with advanced leadership training as well as an enhanced stipend.
How to Apply
Applicants should be from the UK/EU and have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in an appropriate area of science or technology. Applicants should apply directly to the relevant Department. Applicants may select a pre-approved advertised project or devise their own project in collaboration with a potential supervisor. Candidates are invited for interview by the supervisory team and a selection panel, before offers are made. Further information about the application process and available projects can be found by selecting the relevant discipline area:
Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
Physics and Astronomy
Our Graduate Development Training Programme is designed to provide research and transferable skills linked to academic progression, personal development and future employability. The training programme includes discipline-focused training as well as essential workshops addressing areas such as research integrity, research conduct and intellectual property. We also offer a range of transferrable skills courses to support your development as a researcher. All training is provided on a needs-based model. Early career researchers undertake an annual skills audit to identify gaps in their skills appropriate to their stage of study. They can then be directed to the appropriate training programme to address their needs.
Students benefit from a wide range of support initiatives ensuring that both their academic and pastoral needs are addressed. PGR Life helps you to make the most of your time as a postgraduate researcher, supporting your research and planning for your future.
EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships
We are committed to supporting early career researchers and as such 10% of the DTP is used to fund the University’s EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships. The fellowships are awarded to exceptional EPSRC-funded researchers who have submitted their PhD thesis within six months of the start of the prize and help to support them to launch a successful career in research.
Academic Staff applying for DTP funding:
EPSRC DTP project funding is allocated at School level for strategic cross departmental funding opportunities and at Departmental level to support specific disciplines. Applications are open to all academic staff. Awards are made on the basis of research excellence of the project and academic excellence of the candidate, support for ECRs etc. Please contact the School Head of Research or your Department PGR Director for further details.
For queries regarding the application process, available projects and eligibility please contact:
Tel: +44 (0)161 306 8889