Skills & careers

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

DTP renewals

In September 2015, MRC awarded the following allocations by competition (PDF, 423KB) for studentships commencing in October 2016, 2017 and 2018. See the table (PDF, 26KB) 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):

  1. An annual cash contribution to the academic partner towards the cost of the project of at least £1400 per annum, for the period during which research data are being collected and analysed – a minimum of 80% of the approved length of the studentship;
  2. A mandatory cash payment of at least £2500 per annum as a supplement to the stipend for the entire length of the studentship award.
  3. A cumulative period of no less than three months spent working in the facilities of the industrial collaborator. This 3 month period can be at any point during the studentship and may consist of a number of shorter visits if appropriate.
  4. The company’s costs while the student is working at the premises of the company.
  5. 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.