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Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP)

DTPs provide PhD training in research areas relevant to our remit and strategic priority areas. They also provide a breadth of professional development training opportunities to enhance students' capability and develop the world-class, highly skilled workforce the UK needs for its future.

DTP courses offer four-year PhD studentships, during which each student also undertakes a 3-month Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) placement. There have been two DTP calls so far, DTP 1 (October 2012-2014) and DTP2 (October 2015-2019), supporting more than 250 students every year.

DTPs also include Research Experience Placements for undergraduates, and students may be eligible for In Vivo Skills Awards to enhance their training. The Disabled Students Allowance is also available to DTP students. All these should be applied for via the research organisation offering the DTP.

Note: BBSRC Training Grant FAQs and BBSRC Guide to Studentship Eligibility documents are no longer available. Please refer to the UK Research and Innovation: Grant terms and conditions for the relevant information.

BBSRC Doctoral Training organisation contacts

Lead research organisation Contact name Contact email
University of Bristol Dr Samantha Southern
University of Cambridge Jen Goodwin
The University of Edinburgh Dr Caroline Proctor
Imperial College London Joel Santana-Mondo
John Innes Centre Dr Kate Conway
University of Leeds Dr Clare Green
The University of Manchester Isabella Darbyshire
Newcastle University Barbara Sumner
The University of Nottingham Rachel Van Krimpen
University of Oxford DT Enquiries
University College London Nadine Mogford
The University of Warwick General enquiries

BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships Allocations (2015-19)

Lead research organisation Partner research organisation(s) Associate Partner(s) Nominal total of Studentship awards per year Total of Collaborative (CASE) Studentship awards per year (from October 2016)
University of Bristol Cardiff University, Rothamsted Research, University of Bath, University of Exeter None 16 5
University of Cambridge Animal Health Trust, Babraham Institute, EMBL-EBI, National Institute of Agricultural Botany, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute None 30 11
The University of Edinburgh Scotland's Rural College, University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, University of St Andrews Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance, The James Hutton Institute 15 5
Imperial College London Natural History Museum, Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, Royal Holloway University of London Research Complex at Harwell 16 5
John Innes Centre Quadram Institute, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the Earlham Institute, University of East Anglia Plant Bioscience Ltd, The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, The SAW Trust 25 9
University of Leeds The University of Sheffield, University of York Food and Environment Research Agency, Research Complex at Harwell 22 9
The University of Manchester None None 12 5
Newcastle University Durham University, University of Liverpool None 8 3
The University of Nottingham Diamond Light Source, East Malling Research, Rothamsted Research Research Complex at Harwell, Centre for Process Innovation's (CPI's) National Industrial Biotechnology Facility, Crops for the Future Research Centre (Kuala Lumpur) 25 9
University of Oxford Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron Source, Oxford Brookes University, STFC Central Laser Facility, The Pirbright Institute Research Complex at Harwell 25 9
University College London Birkbeck College, King's College London, Royal Veterinary College, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Queen Mary University of London None 30 11
The University of Warwick University of Birmingham, University of Leicester None 26 9


Doctoral Training Partnerships