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Doctoral Training Partnerships

What are Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs)?

Doctoral Training Partnerships are multi-institutional partnerships designed to train the next generation of world-class researchers. They provide funding for innovative training environments of doctoral studies to either individual universities, or a group of universities.  

As a Doctoral Training Partnership student you will benefit from:

  • a community of other excellent students from across all participating institutions
  • a stipend and your fees paid
  • collaborations from leading researchers and world-class research centres
  • a specialised programme of training led by the Doctoral Training Programme partners
  • a chance to collaborate with an organisation from business or industry
  • help with costs like research materials and conference travel 

    PhD studentships for Home, EU and International students

Who can apply for a Doctoral Training Partnership?

  • From 21/22 onwards, studentships supported by the United Kingdom Research and Innovation are open to Home, EU and International students.
  • Students must reside in the UK during their studies to receive United Kingdom Research and Innovation funding
  • The studentships are highly competitive with two stages of selection: first selection at Brunel and then the second stage at the Doctoral Training Partnership level
  • Applicants are normally expected to hold a Masters degree and a minimum IELTS 7 for international students

What will you receive if you’re successful?


Full fees at the current home rate for the length of the studentship, irrespective of your fee status. Brunel University London has waived the difference between Home and International fee level so that International students will not be charged the difference.


 A stipend including London Weighting: £17,609 per year as at 21/22 academic year

How to apply?

  1. Contact designated Brunel academics to match your research project and our expertise
  2. Prepare the paperwork:
    • complete the word version of the application form and Equal opportunities form.;
    • two written references, they should have a good knowledge of your academic record and your plans for the research project
    • CV;
    • your degree certificates in the relevant areas and transcript(s); Applicants should normally have a masters degree. 
    • A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
    • evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 7.0 or equivalent, 
  3. Submit application to Brunel by the internal deadline - a panel will review your application and decide whether it can go forward to be submitted to the DTP
  4. If you are shortlisted we will contact you for a qualifying interview
  5. Get feedback from the panel and refine your applications prior to the external DTP deadline
  6. Apply to Brunel as a Doctoral candidate if your scholarship application is sent to the DTP


Brunel is a participant in the following Doctoral Training Partnerships:

Our funded studentships become available at different times of the year. Please keep checking our page regularly to see the latest funded opportunities. We also advertise all our funded studentships as soon as they become available on the @BrunelResearch twitter account.

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I would definitely recommend applying for the Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships, as the process proved to be highly rigorous but immensely rewarding. My PhD research proposal underwent in-depth evaluations, both by the DTP's panel of experts and my supervisors, which were invaluable in helping me to reach an advanced level of critical thinking, reflection and innovation in my work. Throughout the experience, my DTP administrator at Brunel was always on hand to answer any questions, and kept me well-informed about the status of my application.

Jaspreet Nijjar, Techne DTP Student