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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. The allocations held by the successful DTP grant holders are detailed below.

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: Our training grant FAQs and guide to studentship eligibility documents are no longer available. Please refer to UK Research and Innovation: Grant terms and conditions for the relevant information.

National Productivity Investment Fund Studentships

In 2017 and 2018, BBSRC was allotted additional studentships from the government’s National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) to provide high-quality doctoral training in STEM and interdisciplinary areas aligned to the Industrial Strategy. Projects in the 2017 tranche were required to be partnerships between academic and industrial organisations and came with flexibility to address any area of the Industrial Strategy. The total number awarded was 105 studentships. The 2018 allocation was 31, and came with a specific focus on the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge theme of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data-Driven Economy. This allocation totalled 31 studentships, with a minimum of 10 studentships ring-fenced for AI.

BBSRC’s Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) and Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTP) were invited to apply for an allocation of studentships via a competitive process. The allocations held by the successful NPIF DTP grant holders are detailed below.

BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships Allocations (2015-19)

DTP name Contact Partner research organisation(s) Associate partner(s) Nominal total of studentship awards per year Total of collaborative (CASE) studentship awards per year
EASTBIO Dr Maria Filippakopoulou The University of Edinburgh (Lead), 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 DTP Joel Santana-Mondo Imperial College London (Lead), Natural History Museum, Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, Royal Holloway University of London Research Complex at Harwell 16 5
London Interdisciplinary Doctoral programme (LIDo) Nadine Mogford University College London (Lead), Birkbeck College, King's College London, Royal Veterinary College, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Queen Mary University of London None 30 11
Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership General enquiries The University of Warwick (Lead), University of Birmingham, University of Leicester None 26 9
Newcastle Liverpool Durham General enquiries Newcastle University (Lead), Durham University, University of Liverpool None 8 3
Norwich Research Park Dr Kate Conway John Innes Centre (Lead), 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
Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP DTP Enquiries University of Oxford (Lead), Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron Source, Oxford Brookes University, STFC Central Laser Facility, The Pirbright Institute Research Complex at Harwell 25 9
South West Biosciences (SWBio) DTP Dr Samantha Southern University of Bristol (Lead), Cardiff University, Rothamsted Research, University of Bath, University of Exeter None 16 5
University of Cambridge DTP Jen Goodwin University of Cambridge (Lead), Animal Health Trust, Babraham Institute, EMBL-EBI, National Institute of Agricultural Botany, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute None 30 11
The University of Manchester DTP Abbie Roberts The University of Manchester None 12 5
University of Nottingham DTP Rachel Van Krimpen University of Nottingham (Lead), 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
White Rose Mechanistic Biology DTP Catherine Liddle University of Leeds (Lead), The University of Sheffield, University of York Food and Environment Research Agency, Research Complex at Harwell 22 9

BBSRC DTP National Productivity Investment Fund Studentships Allocations

DTP Grant holders Contact Number of studentships


Number of studentships


East of Scotland Bioscience DTP Professor C Blackburn 3 5
Imperial College London DTP Dr K Gounaris 9 0
London Interdisciplinary Doctoral programme Professor G Thomas 6 6
Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership Dr V Ntoukakis 5 0
Newcastle University DTP Professor K Lindsey 4 0
Norwich Research Park Professor D Evans 5 4
Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP DTP Enquiries 9 4
South West Biosciences DTP Dr Samantha Southern 3 2
University of Cambridge DTP Jen Goodwin 0 4
The University of Manchester DTP Jessica Bowler 9 0
University of Nottingham DTP Professor Z Wilson 8 2
White Rose Mechanistic Biology DTP Professor A Berry 10 2


Doctoral Training Partnerships