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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council DTP

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council fund around 2000 PhD students each year in universities, research institutes or industrial partners doctoral training in UK Research Organisations.

Awards support doctoral training in any areas of engineering and the physical sciences with relevance to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council remit to develop the world-class, highly skilled workforce the UK needs for its future. 

Read more hereFunded opportunities are available from March for start dates in October 2024

Who can apply for a Doctoral Training Partnership?

  • 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. Please see here for the current stipend amount. 

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


View all studentships currently available in the engineering and physical sciences here:

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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