Selection process

Please note that the studentship selection process will take place in two stages.  A candidate needs to be successful at both stages of the selection process to be considered for the award of a studentship. 

Stage one

The project supervisors will consider your application and may invite you to visit for an informal interview. These may take place virtually or in-person.

You can apply for more than one project, although supervisors may take in to account your interest and commitment to their particular project. If you apply for multiple projects, please indicate your preferred project choice in your letter of application as part of your online application. Each application for an individual project will be considered separately by the project supervisors.

Stage two

After the application deadline, each supervisory team will then put forward two ranked nominations (a first-choice and a reserve). Normally all first-choice nominations will be invited for an interview at a DTP interview day, subject to meeting the minimum academic criteria. Reserve candidates may also be invited for interview at a DTP interview day, but this is subject to the number of first-choice nominations that are invited for interview/have accepted their interview invite.


DTP interview day

If you are successful and invited to interview, you must be available to attend the relevant DTP interview day.  These will be conducted virtually.

Project Interview dates Interview panel Studentships available/projects advertised
Open competition (Bristol, Exeter, Rothamsted based projects) Mon 25th July 2022 Academics from across the DTP partnership Up to 2 studentships / 10 projects advertised
Bath based projects Tues 26th July 2022 Academics from within the institution. Up to 2 studentships / 5 projects advertised
Cardiff based projects w/c 1st August 2022 (exact date TBC) Academics from within the institution. Up to 2 studentships / 10 projects advertised

We will endeavour to notify you 1 week before the respective interview days (listed below), and interview candidates will be provided with further information about the DTP interview day at this stage.  You will normally be notified of the outcome of your interview within 1 week after the last DTP interview day taking place at that institution.


Interview criteria

Applications will be initially screened by the prospective supervisory team based on the following criteria: eligibility, academic performance, skills training, appropriateness for the project, prior research experience, and any other relevant information.

As part of the interview, applicants will be asked to make a short research presentation. Candidates can expect to be questioned by the interview panel on their research presentation, their background research interests and experience, and future career plans. In addition to the interview, there will also be a written-based exercise to complete.  Instructions related to the interview day and written-based exercise will normally be provided at least 1 week in advance of the respective interview day.

Performance in the interview along with the written-based exercise, previous academic record, research experience and potential will all be used to select successful candidates.