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Applications are now closed for this studentship - applications for 2019-20 will open in October 2018


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. The College application form will allow you to make up to two programme choices, a first and a second choice.  If you would like to apply for another programme at the time of applying for this studentships, please ensure you list the MRC DTP as your first choice.  Selecting the MRC DTP as your second choice may result in missing the application deadline for this studentship.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 23:59 on 4 December 2017, with notification of the application outcome by 30 March 2018.  Please also note that the last date for receipt of references in support of your application is 18 January 2018.

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.

Applying for the President’s PhD Scholarship on the same application form

Please note that if you apply for the President’s PhD Scholarship on the same application form as the MRC DTP, the President's PhD application will be forwarded for consideration to the relevant department at the same time as we receive your MRC DTP application.  Therefore you will also meet the deadline for the President's PhD Scholarship. 

As the requirements for the personal statement differ from that of the MRC DTP, you are required to submit a separate personal statement for the President’s PhD Scholarship application, which will be added to your application documents.  There are two ways to do this:

  1. Upload a separate personal statement for the President's PhD Scholarship in the ‘additional documents’ section of the application form, or
  2. Alternatively please email your separate personal statement to the Registry Admissions Team at,

Please ensure you make the title of this document clear, e.g. ‘Personal statement for President’s PhD Scholarship’

Personal statement

The application form will ask you to provide a personal statement or a research project. For the MRC DTP we require that you provide a personal statement. Projects are not expected to be identified at this stage, therefore a research project proposal is not required for the MRC DTP Studentship application.

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.

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 Anti-Microbial Research

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 18 January 2018. 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 (