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- The priority remains for students to adapt and adjust research projects to mitigate the delays caused by COVID-19, where possible, to complete their research to a doctoral standard within their original funding period.
- Funded extensions should be allocated on a needs-priority basis, for those who have been unable to mitigate delays of COVID-19 or adjust their projects.
- This funding is not intended to cover ‘time lost’ due to COVID-19, but rather to address circumstances where, even with adjustments and mitigation, the student will be unable to complete their doctoral research within the funding period.
- That the focus of supporting extensions is to provide the additional time an individual student requires to complete their revised doctoral research project.
- All students and their supervisors should explore, if they have not already, what can be done to adapt their doctorate to ensure they can complete it within their funded period. This could mean adapting the research question, approach, or methodology, providing that this still enables the student to conduct a doctoral level research project. For some students this could result in their research project being different from that originally proposed.
Who is eligible?
All UKRI funded students whose research has significantly been impacted by COVID-19 and who are unable to mitigate the impact or adjust their projects to complete on time.
We recognise that student’s individual personal circumstances may mean they are less able to adapt their research in light of COVID-19 impacts and this will be taken into consideration by the panel.
We anticipate that the majority of students earlier in their studies (i.e. current Y1-3) will be able to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Very importantly, there is limited funding and understandably we want to ensure that students in most need can be supported.
What can I apply for?
Extension requests are expected to be for up to 3 months.
Only under very exceptional circumstances, and where funds are available, will longer extension requests be considered.
When can I apply?
Who do I apply to?
As a SWBio DTP student, you now need to apply though the DTP. These funded extension requests are no longer managed through your registered university.