UCL EPSRC Doctoral Training


UCL EPSRC DTP - Open Doctoral Studentships Competition



The 2020/21 round has now closed. The information has been left here for reference, however any future rounds may be different so please check back for updates.

The UCL EPSRC DTP Studentships Open Competition aims to recruit outstanding students to undertake fully-funded PhD studentships at UCL. Closing date: 18-Mar-2020

Applications for studentships starting in the 2020/21 academic session are now open.

Closing date: 18-Mar-2020

Key Facts

Value: Fees, Stipend (minimum £17,009 per year), Research Trainining Support Grant

Duration: Up to 4 years (thesis to be submitted within funded period)

Eligible Fee Status: UK, EU, Overseas

Eligible Programmes: Full- or  part-time research degrees (MRes/PhD, MPhil/PhD, or EngD) except EPSRC or UKRI funded CDTs (Centres for Doctoral Training)

Primary Selection Criteria: Academic merit

Available To: Prospective students

Application Deadline: 18 March 2020

How to Apply      Application Template Forms


The EPSRC DTP (Doctoral Training Partnership) Governance Board Open Competition is intended to recruit the most promising PhD students regardless of their chosen faculty. All studentship projects must lie within the EPSRC remit. Studentships are expected to start on 28-Sep-2020 unless exceptional circumstances require an alternate start date.

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Studentships provide 4 years fees (UK/EU rate) and maintenance stipend (for eligible students) at the minimum UCL rate (£17,009 in 2019/20, rises with inflation each year). Studentships are automatically renewed each year provided that sufficient academic progress is made. Students also receive an RTSG (Research Training Support Grant) of £4,800 to cover additional costs of training eg courses, project costs, conferences, travel. Students will be initially registered for 4 years and are expected to submit their thesis within the 4 year funded period. The project should be designed and supervised to facilitate this.

Thesis submission before 4 years is possible if all academic requirements are met.

Student Eligibility

Applicants must fulfil the academic entry requirements for the programme they are applying to. They must have a minimum of a class 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Further eligibility criteria are based on nationality and residence:

  • UK nationals are generally automatically eligible
  • EU (non-UK) nationals are eligible for a full award if they have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately before the PhD start date, otherwise they are eligible for a fees-only award
  • EU (non-UK) nationals who don’t meet the residency criteria and non-EU nationals may be eligible if they also receive an ODA (Overseas Doctoral Award)

These studentships are offered with open eligibility. If an ODA is required, the department you are applying to will need to submit an ODA application as part of your application.

Degree Programme and Project Eligibility

You can apply for MRes/PhD, MPhil/PhD, or EngD programmes in any UCL Faculty. These studentships may not be used to apply to EPSRC and UKRI CDTs (Centres for Doctoral Training). The research project must lie within the EPSRC remit — the EPSRC’s website provides information on the Themes and Research Areas within their remit. The proposed project supervisor must agree to support your application.

The UCL prospectus has details of the available research degree programmes. The following list of UCL Faculty websites may help you to find more information and contact details for their constituent departments:

BEAMS School faculties:

SLMS School faculties:

SLASH School Faculties:

How To Apply

To apply for a funded studentship you will need to apply via the department in which you wish to study. All application documents must be submitted to the department by 17:00 on 18-mar-2020. You should be in contact with the department and your potential supervisor well in advance of submitting your application. Use the faculty websites listed above to find the website for the department you wish to apply to. Ask the department for the email address of their administration team member that you should submit your application documents to. The department will also be able to tell you the correct programme/route code for the degree programme you are applying for to include in your application.

You must use the provided templates for your application and ensure that all documents are submitted in pdf format.

A complete application form consists of:

  1. The application form. [You must complete this yourself and submit as a pdf file. Ask the department for the correct degree programme and route code]
  2. Grade transcript. [Provide grade transcript(s) for all degree(s) already obtained, and for all completed modules of currently in progress degrees. Make sure the transcript(s) give details of the scale/structure of all grades possible for the degree. The transcript(s) should be combined and submitted as a single pdf file]
  3. An academic reference. [This should be completed by a member of academic staff at the institute of your current (if applicable) or most recent degree. You should send them a copy of the referee template and the email address of the UCL staff member they should submit their reference to (ask the department you are applying to for this address). For current students and graduates of UCL, the referee cannot be the proposed PhD supervisor.]

Your submitted application form, grade transcript, and academic reference will be reviewed by the department you submit them to. If the department decides to support your application, it will complete the remaining required forms and submit the complete application to the selection panel.

Application Templates

Application Form

Referee Template