Applications are invited from academic staff for projects for at least 22 x 4-year DTP PhD studentships (16 standard and 6 CASE) to commence in October 2019

Closing date: Monday 1 October 2018 at 5.00 pm

The DTP project application form is available here.

Projects MUST fall within BBSRC remit and address one of the BBSRC strategic priorities. Please note that to meet the requirements of BBSRC strategic fit, strong preference will be afforded in this call to projects in the priority area Agriculture and Food Security (AFS) and at least two-thirds of studentships will be awarded in this area.

Each studentship will be funded for 4 years: stipend, tuition fees and Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). 50% of the funding will come from the BBSRC DTP, with the other 50% matched from the lead Institution for each individual studentship. For 2018-19 values (stipend, £14,777; fees, £4,260; RTSG, £5,000), the total cost over 4 years is at least £96,148, £48,074 being available from the BBSRC DTP. The RTSG will be held centrally to the benefit of the student’s training. Some funds (exact amount to be determined) will be released in year 1 and at least £4,000 annually will be released in years 2, 3 and 4 to be managed by the student’s supervisory team.

Applicants will be required to confirm that the Head of Institute/School/Department has agreed to take responsibility for assuring the matching funding.

Please note that since this is the final round of studentships under DTP2, project applications are invited from all staff, irrespective of whether they were successful in the previous round (Oct 2018 start). 

Selection process:

Each application will be scored by a cross-partnership panel, using the following scoring criteria:

1. Project clearly within the remit of BBSRC and aligned to strategic priority, including new ways of working/multidisciplinary skills.

2. Excellence of science and training.

3. Cross-partnership supervision.

4. Supervisory teams recognised and providing an excellent research training environment.

5. Supervisor(s) at an early stage of their career.

These scores will inform the cross-partnership DTP Executive Committee in making final allocations taking note that to meet the requirements of BBSRC strategic fit, at least two-thirds of studentships in this call will be awarded in the priority area Agriculture and Food Security. 

Student recruitment:

Projects will be advertised on findaphd.com and elsewhere. Students will be invited to apply directly to the supervisor. Supervisors will select their best candidate for a local interview chaired by a representative of the NLD BBSRC DTP management committee. Applicants will then be ranked by the DTP Executive Committee and successful applicants will be offered studentships.

Training model:

Standard studentships MUST have cross-partnership supervision.  Cross-partnership supervision is not an absolute requirement for CASE studentships, but is encouraged. Students will register in one lead institution, with occasional/guest registration in the other partners.

In year one, students will engage in a variety of flexible training, utilising the expertise of the whole partnership. Training will provide opportunities to engage in New Ways of Working, including the online SysMIC course (offered through UCL), non-credit bearing master classes, laboratory rotations and a Professional Internship for PhD students (PIPS) placement in a non-academic setting.

Students will be required to engage fully in the training offered by the DTP, including attendance at cohort events, throughout the 4-year programme.  Supervisors should be aware that if their students do not fully engage in the training programme (including PIPS) then they are unlikely to qualify for future BBSRC DTP funding. 

CASE studentships:

As previously communicated, BBSRC have awarded six CASE studentships to our DTP and those applications are to be made on the same DTP project application form. In addition, BBSRC encourages the conversion of standard DTP studentships to CASE DTP studentships. Please consult the BBSRC information pack (http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/documents/case-information-pack-pdf/). Placement with the CASE partner negates the requirement for a PIPS placement and although cross-partnership supervision is encouraged as always, it is not an absolute requirement for our CASE studentships.

Timely submission of thesis:

It is of crucial importance for the DTP that all students submit their theses within four years of initial registration.  Supervisors of students who submit late will not be considered for further BBSRC studentships for the period of the DTP or for three years (whichever is shorter).