Frequently Asked Questions
Information about the application process, selection criteria, and eligibility requirements can be found in our helpful FAQ guide.
When can I apply?
Applications are now open.
How do I apply?
You will need to apply directly to the university leading the PhD project you wish to apply for. A weblink is provided with each project’s details (see Research Projects).
Can I apply for more than one project?
When is the closing date for applications?
The deadline is 31 March 2019.
What is the selection process?
The selection process will be managed by the university that leads on the project that you apply for. Details will be provided during the application process.
As these are interdisciplinary projects, do I need to be an expert in all the disciplines?
No, but we are looking for students with an interest in working across disciplines. Your expertise in the main research area of the project will be most important.
What qualifications are required?
This will depend on the hosting university and will be made clear in the application process.
If I am a non-UK/EU citizen can I apply?
Fee status is determined by UK government regulation. Details of this can be found on the UKCISA website. To qualify for Home/EU fee status, an applicant must be a UK or EU citizen who has maintained ordinary residence in the UK continuously for 3 years prior to 1 September 2019. You will still be eligible for funding through this scheme but you will need to pay the difference between the Home (i.e. UK/EU) tuition fee and the fee required for yourself. Overseas students should be able to demonstrate adequate financial support to cover the difference between the Home/EU fee and the overseas fee. Applicants are also required to meet the English language requirements of the university you are applying to.
Can clinically qualified students apply?
Yes, however stipends will not be higher for clinically qualified students and clinical training cannot be conducted in parallel with the PhD programme.
Benefits of the fully-funded PhD studentships
What is the stipend attached to these studentships?
A stipend will be paid at a rate approximately £2,000 above the standard MRC studentship rate for 4 years (£17,000 in Year 1).
Are they any additional benefits of this programme?
- This is a fully-funded 4-year PhD programme.
- There are no required training elements in Year 1.
- You will have the opportunity to undertake a 3-month interdisciplinary training project or a placement which could be in industry, academia, the media, policy development etc, as you choose with your supervisor.
- You’ll be provided with flexible travel allowance to attend national or international meetings/conferences.
- You will attend a 1-week residential training course each year and a number of cohort-building events which are designed to bring the programme participants together.
Can I study for a PhD under this scheme on a part-time basis?
Yes, this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The wider cohort
What is the benefit of being part of the wider cohort?
You’ll be funded to attend a 1-week residential training course during your PhD. You’ll be funded to attend an annual interdisciplinary conference where you will be able to present your work and interact with other PhD students studying AMR from all different disciplines.
How do I apply to join the wider cohort?
We will advertise for members to join the wider cohort so please look out for announcements.
Who is eligible to join the wider cohort?
Anyone (UK, EU and overseas citizens) studying, as the main focus of their PhD project, AMR from any discipline at any UK university. We will assess the description of your PhD project and the supporting statement from your supervisor.