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


Application and selection

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How do I apply for the MRC 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?

Imperial College MRC studentships will be evaluated by our MRC Centres and applications will be reviewed in a longlisting exercise.  Applications that progress to the next stage will be assessed by a panel of academics within the Centres, who will identify candidates that will be offered an interview. 

Interviews will be conducted by academic panels that will provide comments and scores for each candidate.  Following the interviews, the interview panels will make recommendations for selection, and the MRC Centres will contact successful applicants accordingly.



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

Although you are required to supply referee details as part of your application, references are likely to be sought after the application deadline (4 July 2017).

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 see the question above on ‘What is the selection process?', and 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?

Successful applicants will be informed by 31 August 2017.  Unfortunately, due to the high number of applications, we are unable to respond to all applicants.

I would like to apply for a 4.5 year MRC studentship.

Unfortunately these specific studentships are funded for 3.5 years only (3 years research followed by an additional 6-month funded writing-up period).  Please apply for the 2018-19 MRC DTP studentship which includes an opportunity to complete a master's programme in the first year of the studentship, to be followed by a PhD, hence provides funding for 4.5 years.

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

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Am I eligible to apply for the MRC Studentships?

Please refer to the eligibility criteria.

I am an international candidate - can I apply for this studentship?

We can consider applications from international candidates with exceptional skills in the area of Digital Technologies and Informatics For Health, but only under the terms of the MRC 'scarce strategic skills' guidance.  Please see further details in the recruitment of international students section.

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.  However, do check the eligibility criteria page as the residence exception may apply to you under the MRC Scare Strategic Skills criteria.

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).

I am an EU student but will not have been living in the UK for 3 years when starting the studentship - can I still apply?

You are still able to apply but you will only be eligible for a fees-only studentship. This means that your studentship will include the main programme fees, the conference fund and the Research Training Supplement Grant, but you will not be eligible for the monthly stipend.


Supervisors and research projects

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Which projects are available for this studentship?

A list of example projects is given on the studentships home page.  Final choices will be decided in discussion with successful students and Imperial's MRC Centres.

Am I required to meet the project supervisor prior to applying?

There is no requirement to meet prospective supervisors before applying or before interview, however successful students will have an opportunity to discuss projects before the start of the studentship.


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 MRC 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 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.