External-funded applicants

External-funded (including self-funded) applicants can apply for projects two ways:

  • By applying to advertised projects
  • By directly contacting a supervisor

Applying to advertised projects

ApplicationYou can apply via the normal recruitment cycle via the institution’s how to apply route but you will need to state that you will be externally-funded. These projects will have an application deadline and the two-stage selection process will be applied.

InterviewIf successful, you will be invited to attend a DTP interview day. If you are unable to attend due to your geographical location, a Skype interview will take place with a DTP selection panel.

Applying after the application deadline

Following the main application deadline, any projects that have not received applications will remain advertised for external-funded students only. Please refer to the how to apply section on the website, following the institutional guidelines for external-funded students that apply outside of the normal recruitment cycle.

InterviewIf successful, you will be invited to attend a DTP interview at a time that is mutually convenient for both yourself and the DTP selection panel. If you are unable to attend due to your geographical location, a Skype interview will take place with a DTP selection panel.

Directly contacting the supervisor

External-funded students are able to contact potential supervisors directly to develop a project. Examples of projects can be found on our Current PhD projects webpage or alternatively please visit local research pages within the SWBio DTP institutions.

Note: the final project will need to be approved by the DTP Management Group to ensure the project meets the strategic priorities of the DTP and within the BBSRC remit.

ApplicationPlease refer to the how to apply section on the webpage, following the institutional guidelines for external-funded students who apply outside of the normal recruitment cycle.

InterviewIf successful, you will be invited to a DTP interview at a time that is mutually convenient for both yourself and the DTP selection panel.  If you are unable to attend due to your geographical location, a Skype interview will take place with a DTP selection panel.

 

Applications from external-funded applicants will be accepted up until midnight, 1st June 2017*.

Please ensure that you have considered the length of time it may take to obtain government sponsorship/apply for a VISA when applying to this programme. Where applicable, these will need to be obtained prior to the start of the academic year otherwise your offer of a studentship may be declined.

Of note, the two-stage selection process and notification of the outcome for a DTP studentship can take up to 1 month.

You are welcome to discuss this further prior to submitting an application. Please contact the listed main/Rothamsted supervisors or the institution you are applying to.

*Of note, if the deadline has passed and you are able to obtain all necessary documentation ahead of the start of the academic year, please contact the listed institutional contacts on the how to apply page to discuss further.

Funding

External-funded students, including self-funded and those supported by studentships from outside of our funding programme, will need to provide funding to cover their fees, research costs (bench fees) and an adequate level of stipend support for living expenses for a four-year funded studentship. These costs are expected to be provided each year for a total of four years.  These are as follows:

  • Annual living costs (stipend): Guidance on expected living costs are provided on each institution’s website
  • Annual tuition fees: dependent on the institution
  • Annual research costs (bench fees): £5,000
  • Additional costs*: £1,920

*Additional costs are a one-off payment and are provided for DTP studentships to cover costs associated with undertaking an internship (optional for external-funded students), and to support fieldwork/conference costs.

Where these costs are being provided by a sponsor suitable documentation confirming the arrangement will be required. Confirmation of funding will be required prior to 1st August 2017.

Start date

It is expected that successful external-funded students start their postgraduate studies at the start of the academic year, including attendance at the Annual Student Conference in September. Only under exceptional circumstances will a delayed start be considered (up to a maximum of 2 weeks). An option to defer studies is not available.