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PhDs in Science and Engineering

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship (EPSRC DTP)


  • Tuition fees
  • An annual stipend at the standard UKRI rate (£18,662 in 2023-24, or pro rata if part-time)
  • £1,000/year research training support grant (RTSG)

Specified use

+3 - covering a full PhD programme

Tenable period

3.5 Years

Funding provider

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor's (Honours) degree at 2:1 or above (or overseas equivalent); and
  • Master's degree in a relevant subject - with an overall average of 60% or above.
  • An equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience may be considered.
  • Additionally, you must meet the specific requirements of your PhD programme.

Other eligibility criteria

The proposed research must be within the remit of EPSRC as follows:
  • Advanced materials
  • Artificial intelligence and robotics
  • Circular Economy
  • Digital Economy
  • Digital twins
  • Energy and decarbonisation
  • Engineering
  • Healthcare technologies
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Manufacturing the future
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Quantum technologies
  • Research Infrastructure

Candidates and supervisors should consult the EPSRC website for further details of the eligible research areas and themes. The research proposal should be a maximum of 1,500 words excluding references.

Application procedure

Stage 1:

You must submit a complete programme application for a place on your chosen PhD programme.

Section 9 of the application asks for your funding intentions. Add a funding source, and populate this as below:

Type of Funding: Research Council

Awarding Body: EPSRC DTP

Status of Funding: Intend to Apply

Your programme application must include all supporting documents.

Stage 2:

You must hold an offer by 30 April 2024. Otherwise, you will not be included in the competition.

Stage 3:

You should discuss your funding application with your primary supervisor. The Supervisor Nomination Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form must be submitted to the HUMS DA Admissions Team by 17 May 2024. Late Forms will not be accepted.

Application form

Additional documentation

Your full online application must include:
  • A 1,500 word PhD research proposal. Please state the word count on page 1 of the document.
  • Copies of the academic transcript and certificate from both your Bachelor's and Master's degrees. If your Master's degree is pending, please provide an interim transcript;
  • An up to date academic CV, detailing your education and qualifications; employment history; publications; and any other relevant information.
  • You must nominate two academic referees (including one from your most recent institution). Your referees will be contacted directly via the Referee Portal following submission of your application form. 
  • International applicants must additionally provide English Language evidence (e.g IELTS). 

Selection criteria

  • Proposal quality and research potential
  • Preparedness for research
  • Fit with supervisory team
  • Fit with remit of EPSRC's research themes

Closing date

16 May 2024

All EPSRC Nomination Forms and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Forms must be received by the Humanities Doctoral Academy before 17 May 2024, 5pm BST.

Please note that this is a strict deadline and nomination forms received after 5pm or incomplete applications will not be included in the competition.

Decision date

We expect to communicate the outcome to applicants in June 2024.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications, as outcomes are determined by independent panels.

Deferral information

Offers of funding are not deferrable. If you cannot start your programme by the date mentioned in your studentship offer letter, the award will be withdrawn. You are permitted to re-apply in future.

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