Top imageApplications are now closed for this studentship.  Applications for 2018-19 will open in Autumn 2017.

Application process

After reading through this application guidance, please complete the online application form. To find the correct programme for your application, select the 'Postgraduate Programme Search' option at the top of the page. You will be directed to the next page where you should enter 'MRC' in the 'Find your programme' search field.

Notification of the application outcome for the 2017-18 call will be sent by 28 February 2017.

If you have any queries or issues with the online application form or setting up an Apply.Imperial account, please use the ‘contact us’ details to log your query with registry admissions

Before you begin:

  • Ensure you request a transcript from your university. This can sometimes take up to 28 days.
  • Prepare your personal statement and have access to details of your qualifications and achievements.

Research themes

The research themes, as listed below, are broad and encompass an extensive and wide range of research areas. Within the online form, you will be asked to rank these areas in order of your preference and provide three key phrases. The purpose of the key phrases is to further define your research interests.

  • Informatics for health
  • Experimental medicine
  • Infection and antimicrobial research 

Personal statement

The personal statement should be 500-800 words in length and should include the following:

  • Why you are applying for an MRC DTP Studentship
  • The area of research you wish to focus on
  • Why you believe that research in this area is important  

Applicants are not expected to have confirmed a PhD supervisor or title before application, but a clear idea of the area you wish to pursue will be beneficial for your personal statement.

Requirements of the online application form

Your nationality/visa status
Since there are nationality/residence eligibility criteria associated with the studentship, we will ask for your nationality and residence status. Please see the eligibility criteria for more information about residence eligibility.

The contact details for two academic referees
Referees will be approached at the application stage. The deadline for receipt of references is 1 December 2016.  You should ensure that at least one reference is submitted by the deadline in support of your application. If you have substantial research experience within an employment setting then one of your referees can be an employer who can attest to your research skills, but the other referee must be academic.

Education history with grades, or predicted grades for studies which are still in progress
If predicted grades are not available for undergraduate degrees then overall grades for years one and two of the course can be provided instead.

Research experience 
Where relevant, please provide a summary of skills and techniques used.

List your relevant publications in this part of the application form.

For more information, please refer to the MRC Studentships frequently asked questions page, and for any queries not covered there please email Mrs Nousheen Tariq (