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EPSRC Doctoral Training Opportunities


Applications have now closed for 2022 - Applications for 2023 will open in Spring next year.

The EPSRC Doctoral Fellowship scheme allows universities to recruit and retain the very best newly qualified doctoral PhD students, and to help them launch careers in research.

The University of Cambridge EPSRC DTP has funding for up to two fellowships, and applications are invited from anyone who meets the following eligibility criteria:

  • the doctoral thesis must have been submitted (and viva ideally completed) before the Doctoral Fellowship commences;
  • candidates must have been supported by recent EPSRC PhD funding*;
  • candidates should be in the top 10-15% of EPSRC-funded students in their PhD host department;
  • applicants must have the right to work in the UK;
  • a University of Cambridge PI must be identified;

*Any student who has received a recent EPSRC studentship at a UK institution is eligible to apply. This includes: CDT (both CDT grant funded and Incorporated), DTP, I-CASE, and NPIF-funded DTP. Those funded by other Research Councils or other funders are not eligible, including students aligned to EPSRC CDTs funded from non-EPSRC sources.

Whilst it is not specified by EPSRC what constitutes recent funding, we would expect no longer than a year to have passed since the end of the funding period (when stipend payments stopped) to the start of the fellowship.

Applicants must propose a project that falls within an EPSRC theme, and has the support of a Cambridge PI - candidates are advised to engage with the project PI as soon as possible.

Please note that proposed projects should not be an extension of the PhD, but will constitute a new and discrete body of work which will increase the impact of the PhD work.

Appointments will be made at Research Associate Grade 7, spine point 41 (current rate £33,309) and are available for a maximum of two years in duration.