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Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs)

MRC DTPs provide funding for doctoral training across MRC’s remit and strategic priority areas.

DTPs are awarded for multiple intake years of students and provide Research Organisations (ROs) with significant flexibility in the use of funds to support postgraduate studentships aligned to the RO’s scientific strategy and strengths.

Note to prospective students interested in applying for a DTP studentship. We do not recruit students and we do not run the process of recruitment for individual DTPs. Please refer to the relevant DTP institutions (see below) for details of recruitment, including timescales, deadlines and application processes

Current DTP

In September 2015, MRC made 15 DTP awards across 29 institutions for intake years 2016, 2017 and 2018, by competition (PDF, 423KB). As set out in the original DTP award guidance, the MRC completed a light-touch mid-term review of the 15 DTPs in summer 2018, to inform decisions to extend allocations by two intake years (October 2019/2020). The panel considered the current management of the DTP award, recruitment processes, training delivery, skills alignment, partnerships and industry links and development of best practice. All 15 DTPs were renewed for a further two intake years, at the same allocation level. See the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership Allocations table (PDF, 55KB) for full details of allocations.

Previous DTP funding

Previous DTP allocations (until the 2015 intake of students) are published under studentship application success rates.

Conversion of DTP studentships into iCASE studentships

Universities in receipt of an MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) have the flexibility to convert DTP studentships into iCASE studentships, if appropriate for the project, partners and student. Non-academic partner contributions should adhere to MRC’s current guidelines (PDF, 174KB):

  • an annual cash contribution to the academic partner towards the cost of the project of at least £1,400 per year, for the remainder of the studentship
  • a mandatory cash payment of at least £2,500 per year as a supplement to the stipend, for the remainder of the studentship
  • a cumulative period of no less than three months spent working in the facilities of the industrial collaborator. This three-month period can be at any point during the studentship and may consist of a number of shorter visits if appropriate
  • the company’s costs while the student is working at the premises of the company
  • all additional expenses, such as the cost of travel and accommodation incurred by the student as a direct result of attendance at the premises of the cooperating body.

SMEs are exempt from making cash contributions to stipends and project costs. The MRC DTP flexible supplement can be used to meet these additional costs where the collaborating partner is an SME.