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EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

The EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (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 research in which doctoral students are involved includes discovery-led projects in new and innovative areas, as well as that which addresses established themes which are strategically important.

The research funded is with research groups which are recognised as delivering internationally excellent and world leading outputs.  There is also significant focus on links with industrial partners, in order to deliver impact, including CASE studentships, through which students have the opportunity to develop significant links with a company.

The main opportunity delivered by the DTP is in providing funding to enable students to undertake doctoral research projects. The fund allows for the equivalent of approximately 60 fully funded studentships per year, across a range of fields. Departments are encouraged to leverage other funding opportunities to maximise the number of studentships which can be awarded. Studentships are awarded in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science and Materials Science.  A small number of studentships are also funded in areas of Physical Science relating to Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences and Architecture.

These studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for UK students, provide fees for EU students from outside the UK, and a small number can be used to fund students from outside the EU under the International Doctoral Scholar Scheme.

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 to develop 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.

The DTP also funds Doctoral Prizes, allowing students at the end of their doctoral studies to progress to research assistant or research associate posts, enabling them to move high quality work to publication or to transfer technologies.

An additional opportunity is the funding of vacation bursaries each year enabling undergraduate students to gain a first experience of research and to assess whether they wish to later progress to doctoral training.

Applications from eligible students can be considered by host Departments until 30th June each year; however students are encouraged to apply by early December. Students from groups currently underrepresented in Engineering and Physical Science subjects are particularly encouraged to apply.

Host Departments

Requirements and How to Apply

Competition for admission to the University of Cambridge graduate programme is intense.  Candidates must meet the University's minimum requirements for graduate studies and apply via the standard GRADSAF application form. The option to be considered for a studentship is included in the form. Two outstanding references from senior University staff at your most recent University will be required for consideration for a studentship.

Applications from eligible students can be considered by host departments throughout the year; however students wishing to begin projects in October are encouraged to apply by early December the previous year. Students from groups currently underrepresented in engineering and physical science subjects are particularly encouraged to apply.

Additional information about eligibility for Research Council UK funding can be found here

Studentships available for doctoral training at Cambridge for entry in October 2017

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