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We are no longer accepting student applications on to the CDT React.

Applicant Requirements 

Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a first or upper-second class honours degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related field. A Master’s degree in one of the above fields is an essential requirement.

Imperial College PhD entry requirements must be met and the successful applicant will subsequently need to apply online

How To Apply

To apply, please email the EPSRC CDT with the following documents in PDF format.

  • An up to date CV 
  • A copy of all transcripts
  • A cover letter (please indicate here if you have any additional information you'd like the panel to take into consideration)
  • Full contact details of two referees
  • List of up to three projects of interest from the projects currently available

Application and Selection Process

Please note that all available studentships will be released - via Imperial College and around October/November of each year. 

  1. Please submit ALL the documents listed above in PDF format to EPSRC.CDT.REACT@IMPERIAL.AC.UK
  2. CDT Interview Panel review applications and suitable candidates are put in touch with prospective supervisors
  3. Feedback from prospective supervisors are collated to determine the final interview shortlists
  4. Invited candidates will interview with the CDT interview panel, network with current students and tour our facilities
  5. Candidates are then given the opportunity to consider and reshuffle project choices in order of preference
  6. CDT Interview Panel will match students to suitable projects and offers/rejections are issued accordingly

Please note that the offer at Stage 6 is subject to students qualifying the eligibility check with Admissions. 

Funding Information - Home Students

Fully funded EPSRC/UKRI CDT studentships are available for Home Students and limited spaces for international students (at the Home rate - see below). A fully funded studentship covers tuition fees at the Home rate for MRes and PhD and stipend will be awarded at the UKRI rate plus London allowance.

EU and EEA students who are recruited and start from AY 2021/22 onwards, will become international students. EU and overseas/international students are still welcome to apply within a deadline.

To be classed as a Home student, EU candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), the UK includes the United Kingdom and Islands (i.e. the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).  or
  • Have settled status (usually if you have lived in the UK by 31st December or have lived for 5 continuous years) or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirement) or,
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

The above residency requirements will not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

Guidance for EU and International Students

Please note – Like international students, EU and EEA students who are recruited and start from AY 2021/22 onwards, will become international students. All recruited students will received a full award, to include stipend and fees at the Home level only. The difference in Home and International rates will need to be covered by the student or others and we have very limited places for international applicants on offer so early applications encouraged.


All international applications will be considered together after the deadline. Applications beyond this date will not be reviewed.

International candidates with their own funding can also be considered for a place in the CDT programme, but must first contact supervisor(s) to develop their own project.

  • For students who wish to self-fund, details of tuition fees and financial support can be found on the Student Finance page.
  • For those who are ineligible for funding but would still like to apply, alternative funding opportunities can be found on the Scholarships & Awards page.
  • In addition to this, the President’s PhD Scholarships entry is now open for applicants for intake 2023. The CDT is able align scholarship recipients to the CDT programme.

Industrialy Funded Projects

We have a number of fully or co-funded industry projects available. These will provide an equivalent level of funding to the full EPSRC award and are currently only open to Home students only.

For further information, please contact the CDT Programme Manager Jinata Subba.

EDI Recruitment Process

At the CDT React, we believe that diversity is critical to maintaining excellence in all of our endeavours and with students and staff from all around the world, it is integral to the CDT. The CDT's dynamic mix of people and ideas has underpinned our global reputation for excellence in the field of chemistry, chemical engineering and data science, and makes training at the CDT a unique and enriching experience.

Furthermore, we are proud of our EDI friendly selection process aims for a fair recruitment process without the bias (conscious or subconscious) of gender, race, age and disability. All EDI information on applications are redacted before they are reviewed by the shortlisting panel. This process ensures that selections are made based purely on aptitude and academic merits of applicants. 

For more information on the CDT React's EDI statement, please click here.