Applications for 2021 will open on 16th October 2020.
Cambridge MRC DTP (PhD) Studentships
Academic requirements: At least a 2:1 Honours degree from a UK university or equivalent in a related topic.
If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.
English language requirements: The University requires a high level of proficiency in English. For details, click here http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/international-students/competence-english/will-i-have-language-requirement
UK students will be eligible for a full studentship, covering the costs of Home fees, and a stipend of £18,000 per annum for 3.5 years. Further information on how your fee status is determined can be found here: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/fees/what-my-fee-status
UKRI have confirmed that international students (EU and non-EU) will be eligible for all Research Council-funded postgraduate studentships from the start of the 2021/22 academic year. The text of the August 2020 public statement is here https://www.ukri.org/news/ukri-funded-postgraduate-programmes-to-open-to-international-students/
Cambridge MRC DTP will be able to offer a limited number of studentships to international students, and funding will cover both fees and a stipend to support living costs. These international studentship awards will be subject to eligibility, and also the availability of complementary funding (to provide the differential to the international fee rate); we expect there to be keen competition for these places.
Please note that EU, EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights (under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively), and Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland (whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement), will continue to be treated as Home students for the purposes of Research Council funding.
How to apply for additional funding can be found here: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/funding/how-apply-funding
How to Apply
Applications must be made on the University’s Applicant Portal. Click here for a link to the Graduate Admissions webpages (http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply).
Please search in the Course Directory for “MRC DTP” PhD studentships, selecting course code MDSM22 as the programme of study. https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/cvcmpdmsc
You can select one research theme and two projects from that theme. Please add these to the ‘Research title’ field in order of preference quoting the project ID.
In the ‘Research summary’ field provide a brief synopsis of why you have chosen your project/s. Please provide the name of the Primary Supervisor for your first choice project in the ‘Research Supervisor’ field. Please note that these selections are for guidance only, most students will make their final project selections after they have received an offer of a place.
Additionally, students can also arrange their own research projects, seeking a suitable PI. These requests will be considered at the time of application, and should be made through the MRC DTP Administrator in the first instance to check for suitability of project and to seek departmental authorisation.
Applicants are strongly advised that in addition to applying to a Research Council funding programme, that they also apply simultaneously for a place direct with the relevant Department on a second application (also selecting ‘yes’ to the funding question on the ‘How to apply for Funding’ page). By doing so you will automatically be considered for a place and funding via the Department should you not be awarded a Research Council funded place.
You should also be seeking and applying for alternative and additional funding opportunities.
You need to upload the following documents with your application:
- Transcripts or degree certificates
- English language score report forms (if English is not your first language)
Further details on entry requirements can be found here:https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/entry-requirements
For general enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note this page was updated on 08/10/2020, in conjunction with the current information from Cambridge University Admissions Office.