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 the Research Councils UK (RCUK) website.

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.

  1. High cost training in recognised areas of strategic need, including support for extra training, such as Masters, for individuals changing discipline
  2. Exceptional training opportunities, such as:
    • overseas fieldwork where this is an essential part of a student’s training
    • time ‘out of programme’ to complete a complementary and beneficial placement
    • training in new advanced research skills
  3. Opportunities to provide training with industry or at the interdisciplinary interface
  4. Transitions from PhD to first post-doc positions to increase the competitiveness of outstanding candidates.

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.