To be eligible for a fully-funded studentship, you must meet the below academic and residence criteria.

A fully-funded four year SWBio DTP studentship will cover:

  • a stipend* (at the standard Research Councils UK rate; £14,777 per annum for 2018-2019)
  • research and training costs
  • tuition fees (at the standard Research Councils UK rate)
  • additional funds to support fieldwork, conferences and a 3-month internship

* An enhanced stipend is available for students with a recognised veterinary degree qualification (£22,806 per annum for 2018-2019). There may also be enhanced stipends associated with projects that have a collaborating CASE partner (CASE projects are highlighted with an asterisk * in the project lists).

Academic criteria

Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. Applicants with a Lower Second Class degree will be considered if they also have a Master’s degree or have significant relevant non-academic experience.

In addition, due to the strong mathematical component of the taught course in the first year and the quantitative emphasis in our projects, a minimum of a grade B in A-level Maths or an equivalent qualification or experience is required.

Equivalent qualifications/experience

  • Physics A-level (grade B and above)
  • Undertaking units as part of your degree that have a significant mathematical component*

*Significant mathematical component examples include; maths, statistics, bioinformatics.

Applicants must ensure they highlight their Maths background within their application and to upload any supporting evidence.

Residence criteria

BBSRC funding is available to UK and EU nationals who have established UK residency (EU nationals must have ordinarily lived in the UK throughout the three years preceding the start of the studentship).  Applicants from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.

However, the four universities have a very limited number of fully-funded four year studentships for EU students who do not meet the residency requirements (1-2 studentships per university).  These are not available for CASE studentships i.e. a studentship with a listed CASE partner.  Please contact the relevant university for more information.

Please refer to the regulations or Annex 1 of the Research Council Training Grant Guide (from page 17) to confirm that you meet the residence criteria for a fully-funded studentship.  Any further queries in relation to residency must be directed to the institution that you are applying to.

We also accept external-funded (including self-funded) applicants as part of our programme.