EPSRC iCASE training grants provide funding for doctoral studentships where businesses and related organisations take the lead in arranging projects with an academic partner of their choice.  The aim of these awards is to provide doctoral students with a research training experience, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between academic and partner organisations for example industry and policy making bodies.  Funding to support iCASE studentships is allocated via industry partner.

International Doctoral Scholars

EPSRC iCASE 2021 training grant - International Doctoral Scholars

UKRI has limited the proportion of international doctoral scholars (IDS) appointed each year through individual doctoral training programmes to 30 percent of the total.  For studentships supported by the EPSRC iCASE 2021 training grant, the following process has been put in place to manage this IDS allocation:

  • IDS studentships will be issued on first-come-first-serviced basis
  • To request an IDS studentship, the following information will be required (sent via email to epsrc.studentships@imperial.ac.uk)
  • From the iCASE academic supervisor, the IDS student’s name (Note that the IDS place will be reserved for this particular student.  If the student declines the studentship offer, the IDS spot must be returned and will be re-allocated to the next requester)
  • From the iCASE academic supervisor, written confirmation that they intend to make an offer (including interview notes, where possible)
  • From the Departmental Director of Postgraduate Studies or equivalent, information on the mechanism for covering the fee difference (e.g. department, student, partner paying the difference, fee waiver etc.)

Once received, the IDS spot will be issued for that particular student. Once all IDS places are allocated, the remaining studentships will need to be taken by Home students. There is no funding associated with an IDS spot; the difference between home and international fee rates will have to be met by institution (i.e. department), co-funding partners or from the students directly (as per the UKRI Implementation Guidance) or waived by the department.  Any queries can be directed to epsrc.studentships@imperial.ac.uk