Skills & careers

Additional support

The terms and conditions for training grants offer substantial flexibility to best support individual students. This page details additional support that is available to students receiving MRC funding.

Disabled students’ allowance

Disabled students’ allowances (DSA) are intended to help with additional expenditure for the costs of study-related requirements that may be incurred as a result of disability, mental health problem or specific learning difficulty that means additional support is needed to undertake a research council funded studentship. For further details, please see UKRI: Funding for research training.

Doctoral training partnership supplement 

Universities in receipt of an MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) receive an additional flexible supplement to support unique training opportunities for MRC-funded PhD students. The process, management and allocation of this flexible supplement award is at the discretion of the DTP.

Supported use of this flexible supplement falls broadly into the following areas (although this list is not exhaustive and categories advertised via DTPs are at the discretion of the research organisation):

  • high cost training, which could include training in MRC skills priorities (PDF, 58KB), bioinformatics and modelling
  • exceptional training opportunities, such as overseas fieldwork, internships/placements and training in new advanced research skills
  • opportunities to provide training in partnership working with industry or at the interdisciplinary interface, including internships/placements and collaborative training
  • transitions from PhD for outstanding candidates to increase competitiveness in applying to positions within and beyond academia, following thesis submission.

The award replaces a number of bespoke schemes previously available from the MRC, such as individual overseas fieldwork allowances and in vivo science strategic skills awards. Universities with flexible training awards are able to make local decisions on who will benefit most from further support. They are able to use the funds to support all MRC-funded PhD students at their institution; interested students should seek guidance from their university on support available.