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We support around 1,900 PhD students at any one time. Funding for both PhD and Masters studentships is provided to research organisations, such as universities and MRC units, institutes and centres, who select outstanding candidates for projects with leading researchers.  We do not fund students directly, so prospective students should contact the institution at which they wish to study.

We expect MRC-funded students to receive exceptional training opportunities and the statement of expectations for doctoral training lays out the common principles for the support of students funded by all research councils.