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EPSRC Doctoral Training Opportunities


EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership (EPSRC DTP) enables the University of Cambridge to develop future leaders by funding doctoral training across a wide range of Engineering and Physical Science research areas.

The main opportunity delivered by the DTP is in providing funding to enable students to undertake doctoral research projects and the School of the Physical Sciences (SPS) allocate funding to the departments of Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Earth Sciences, Computer Science and Materials Science, allowing them to award studentships to their best applicants.

Studentships are fully-funded (fees, maintenance and consumable/training costs) up to the home fees rate. Those who are deemed overseas students by the University of Cambridge will need to source the addtional funding to secure the fee difference and are encouraged to apply for all funding opportunites offered by the University. Departments also have access to a limited number of 'fee reductions' enabling departments to fully fund the best overseas students from their DTP awards.

In addition to the skills gained during the PhD research, students also undertake a Researcher Development programme, with courses and activities tailored to their needs and selected from a wide range of provision. This equips those completing their doctoral programmes with the broad skill set which will make them well-placed to develop into future leaders across a range of careers in the academic, industrial and public sectors.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for a PhD in any of the departments noted above, please refer to their individual websites below for details as each department may have different timelines and requirements.

General guidance on the application process, including funding, can however be found on the Postgraduate Admissions website. Please do take some time to review this site as it provides all the information you need on the admissions process, both pre and post application. 

We particularly encourage applications from groups currently under-represented i.e. women and BAME applicants.

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Other opportunities

In addition to funding doctoral research, SPS are able to utilise funding from EPSRC to support internships and Doctoral Fellowships. These opportunites are advertised via departments and allow undergraduates to gain first hand experience of research, and post doctoral candidates to work at a research associate level, developing their skills and experience further.

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