Fees and funding
The CDT will fund up to 15 studentships each year, depending on the support available. Each studentship will be funded for 4 years. This includes tuition fees, stipend and a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG).
- Stipend: Students will receive a tax-free stipend of ca £17,000 per year.
- RTSG: A generous allowance will be provided for research consumables and additional training, and for attending UK and international conferences.
Home & EU students
EU students will be eligible to apply for a fees-only award and, dependent on residency in the UK, may be eligible for a full UKRI award inclusive of stipend if they have lived, worked or studied within the UK for 3 years prior to the funding commencing. For 2020/21 entry, UKRI will guarantee such students funding for the duration of their course, even when/if the United Kingdom leaves the EU during this time. It is expected that there will also be some full studentships available for EU applicants without the residency requirement.
International students are not normally eligible for these studentships. However, the CDT may occasionally fund outstanding international candidates and we encourage strong international candidates to apply.
It is possible to apply to the CDT to study on a part-time basis and we welcome applications from people who are unable to study full-time due to managing, for example, caring responsibilities, a disability or chronic illness. Because of the nature of the CDT and its training programme, the demands on part-time students are somewhat different to those made of part-time students on a standard PhD programme. All part-time students enrolled in the CDT are required to:
• Be physically present in the department during normal working hours for at least two days a week.
• Attend all compulsory elements of the CDT, including all training activities and all cohort building activities. This may sometimes necessitate full-time attendance over a period (for example, full-time attendance at the CDT Summer School will be expected over a 3 – 4 day period), and such activities may fall outside a student’s typical part-time hours. (Note that the CDT has a Carers’ Fund, which students may apply to in order to cover caring costs incurred by attendance of CDT activities that fall outside of normal hours.)
Part-time students will be supported by a pro-rata studentship in line with their mode of registration (assuming eligibility for a studentship as per UKRI Terms and Conditions).
If you are interested in the possibility of part-time study within the CDT please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the application deadline in order to discuss this. The CDT is unable to consider part-time applications from applicants who do not do this.
Students in full-time employment
Applicants should note that it would be exceptional for the CDT to enrol a student who is in full-time employment. It is extremely challenging to manage a standard part-time PhD alongside full-time work responsibilities; CDT students will additionally need to commit to the substantial part-time student requirements outlined above. In order to consider an application from a part-time student in full-time employment (not self-employed), the CDT will require the applicant’s employer to provide a signed letter confirming that they understand and accept the commitments associated with the CDT and are supportive of their employee’s application.
Students in full-time employment are not eligible to receive a tax-free stipend. They may be eligible to receive a fees-only award, dependent on residency.
If you are in full-time employment and are interested in the possibility of part-time study within the CDT please send an email to email@example.com in advance of the application deadline in order to discuss this. The CDT is unable to consider part-time applications from applicants who do not do this.
We also welcome applications from students (Home/EU/International) who have secured their own funding or are in receipt of alternative scholarships.
If you are a self-funded student and wish to study within the CDT please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the application deadline in order to discuss this.