Doctoral Career Development Fund

This fund is to support doctoral candidates and recent graduates to build on their doctoral research, PIPS or CASE placement or any other training they received on their BBSRC studentship to:

  • Develop new lines of research for Fellowship applications
  • Explore new interdisciplinary research and innovation collaborations
  • Explore the application of their doctoral research and/or training beyond academia for economic or societal impact in other sectors

The training may take place either at the host organisation of your doctoral degree or at an external organisation from any sector.

There are a number of different activities that we are supporting to meet aims of this funding as listed in the scope section. These include:

  • Placements - research or non-research based
  • Engagement visits - to support short visits to companies of interest in the UK and abroad to explore placement and collaboration opportunities and to develop networks.
  • Skills development and training - to support training opportunities tailored to your own development needs: these may be internal or external courses and seminars.

Further guidance >>

We have created a site for past and current students which includes useful resources such as example placements, local institutional contacts and training support.  Please contact for access.


To fund any BBSRC-funded DTP or CTP doctoral candidate or graduate who submitted their thesis on or after 1st January 2021.

Activities can only be undertaken after your thesis is submitted.

Activities need to have been completed by 31st December 2022.

How to apply

You should discuss any potential activities with the DTP Hub before applying.

Complete the relevant application form and send to

Application deadline: This will be an open call, but applications will be approved bi-monthly, therefore, we ask that you submit any applications at the end of the following periods: end of Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sept.

Please also be mindful of the time that it may take to set up a contract/seek permission from your employer if undertaking placements; we ideally suggest allowing 2-3 months for this.


If you are interested in advertising a placement opportunity, please complete the DCDF advert form.