Below are some answers to frequently asked questions in regards to the Enterprise DTP Studentships award and application process.

Please note: This information relates to the College Enterprise DTP Studentship programme. Other studentships will have a different recruitment process and may have different award details.


Application and selection

Application and selection

How do I apply for the Enterprise DTP Studentships, and what should I include in my personal statement?

Please see the How to apply page for all necessary information about the application process.

What is the selection process?

The Enterprise DTP programme is overseen by the Programme Director of the Imperial Medical Research Council Studentships, who together with supervisors and department leadership will evaluate all applications in a longlisting exercise. Applications that progress to the next stage will be scored by a panel of academics before reaching a shortlist for interview.

The scores and reviewers’ comments will be used to identify candidates that will be offered an interview. Interview panels will provide comments and scores for each candidate, which will be discussed with the Programme Director in making selection recommendations.

Will you need my references at the time of my application?

We will contact your referees after reviewing your application and prior to sending invites for interview.

Your application should include the name and contact details of two academic referees. If you are working, we will accept one academic referee and one work referee. Please also ensure that you choose referees who will be able to return a reference for you without delay.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

Shortlisted applicants should expect to be contacted within 2-4 weeks following the application deadline (26 April 2018).  Following interview, all outcomes will be sent by email no later than 29 June.  

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, we will not be able to respond to all applicants.

Can I take on teaching/clinical work or other paid work during the studentship?

Students may undertake teaching, demonstrating and other paid work, provided that the total demand made on their time, including time spent in preparation, does not normally exceed six hours a week. Any work that a student undertakes must be formalised with a proper contract of employment covering the work the student is expected to do, and would need to conform to Home Office regulations regarding employment.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Am I eligible to apply for the Enterprise DTP Studentships?

Please refer to the eligibility criteria. Please check carefully that you are eligible to apply before submitting an application.

I have lived in the UK for 3 years but this included time as a student. Am I still eligible for a full studentship?

Only if you are an EU student. Unfortunately non-EU students who have been in full-time education during their time in the UK will not be eligible. The MRC residence requirements state that for a full studentship, an applicant from outside the UK or EU must not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education.   

I have lived in the UK for 3 years but spent some of this time outside the UK. Am I still eligible for a full studentship?

If you have been ordinarily resident in the UK and the absence was temporary, you may still apply for the full studentship. The full residence eligibility is given again below and you must meet all these conditions to qualify:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning you have no restrictions on how long you can stay. 
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship. This means you must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences).
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

Financial support package

Financial support package

What does the fully-funded financial package include?

This information relates to a fully-funded studentship.  For a breakdown of the fees-only studentship, please see the question below.

To be eligible for a fully-funded Enterprise DTP Studentship, candidates must be able to demonstrate a settled status in the United Kingdom. Please see the Eligibility criteria page for more information.

A fully funded studentships covers: 

  • Payment of tuition fees 
  • A maintenance award of £18,000 per annum for the period of 3.5 years.
  • A research training support grant (RTSG) of £5,000 per annum, paid to the supervisor for supporting the student’s training and research.
  • A conference fund of £300 per annum to facilitate registration and attendance at conferences and scientific meetings.
  • Supplement funds to support a wide range of research and training activities including internships, high cost training and outreach.

What does the fees-only financial package include?

This information relates to a fees-only studentship.  For a breakdown of the fully-funded studentship, please see the above question.

To be eligible for a fully-funded MRC DTP studentship, candidates must be able to demonstrate a settled status in the United Kingdom. Please see the Eligibility Criteria page for more information.

A fees-only studentships covers: 

  • Payment of tuition fees 
  • A research training support grant (RTSG) of £5,000 per annum, paid to the supervisor for supporting the student’s training and research.
  • A conference fund of £300 per annum to facilitate registration and attendance at conferences and scientific meetings.
  • Supplement funds to support a wide range of research and training activities including internships, high cost training and outreach.