Co-funded & Collaborative Studentships 2018 entry

Deadline: Thursday 30 November 2017

Academics are invited to apply for Co-funded and other Collaborative Studentships to begin October 2018.

Co-funded and Collaborative Studentships are doctoral projects which are jointly and collaboratively run by both academic and non-academic organisations, in the first case with financial support from the non-academic partner. The UCL, Bloomsbury and East London DTP are asking academics to submit proposals for these studentship projects to begin October 2018.

In collaboration with non-academic partners, projects should address a research topic of both theoretical and practical importance, providing opportunities for the selected candidate to gain first-hand experience of work outside an academic environment. The project should be both intellectually and practically (depending on the nature of the non-academic partner) rigorous and should seek to have wider relevance than just the needs of the non-academic partner. We are looking for projects which contribute to the creation, development and application of new techniques and ways of working or projects which help facilitate greater effectiveness and efficiency of individuals and organisations. Proposals for interdisciplinary projects (which involve more than one DTP pathway) are actively encouraged.

The collaboration partners must be non-academic organisations with an operating base in the UK. Beyond this, there are no restrictions and applicants are encouraged to think innovatively about potential collaborations. Partners can be private sector companies, public sector bodies or voluntary/third sector organisations.

Co-funded and Collaborative Studentships can be held on a full-time or part-time basis and within a 1+3, 4-year (Integrated PhD) or +3 programme.

The estimated cost of a 2018 co-funded studentship is £23,190 per annum, which equates to:

£69, 570 for a +3 student and £92,760 for a 1+3 or +4;

Therefore, the 25% that a non-academic organisation would be expected to contribute towards a co-funded studentship is £17,392 and £23,190 respectively.


Application for Co-funded and Collaborative Studentships is a two-stage process: 1) Selection of projects from academics’ submissions; 2) recruitment of suitable candidates to undertake the PhD.

At the first stage, one or more academics, working in an area of an identified DTP pathway, collaborate with their non-academic partner to put together a proposal for a collaborative studentship project. These applications will then be submitted to the DTP Board for consideration.

The deadline for the submission of the application form which details the proposed project is Thursday 30 November 2017.

In the second stage, the successful projects will recruit a suitable applicant for their award, in consultation with the relevant Pathway Leader. The projects will be advertised through the institution of the designated lead supervisor and through the DTP website. Once a suitable candidate has been chosen, details of the nominated award holder will then be submitted to the DTP Board for confirmation at their general studentships meeting in March.

To apply for your studentship, please complete the UBEL DTP co-funded and collaborative application form 2018 entry and submit to the UBEL DTP, by 30 November 2017.

Please ensure that you have read the guidance notes, UBEL DTP co-funded and collaborative guidance notes 2018 Entry, before applying.


Application Documents

Competition call for projects: Collab and Co-funded Studentships 2018 entry advert

Application form: UBEL DTP co-funded_collaborative application form 2018 Entry

Guidance notes: UBEL DTP co-funded_collaborative guidance notes 2018 Entry