BBSRC DTP iCASE Studentships




The competition for entry for i-CASE project proposals within the White Rose BBSRC DTP is now open.  Academic staff can apply for a CASE project to fit into the recruitment cycle for student entry in October 2020.

The deadline for applications is Monday 30th September 2019 (12 noon).

Call for iCASE project proposals: 2020 entry

iCASE studentships (formerly known as ‘ Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering’) are industrial, collaborative training grants from the BBSRC.  They provide students with a first-rate, challenging research training experience, allowing top quality bioscience graduates to undertake research, leading to a PhD, within the partner organisations.  In addition to experience of an industrial research environment, the students should receive business-related training, for example, in project management, business strategy and finance.  

CASE studentships are awarded as part of the BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs).  The White Rose BBSRC DTP2 was allocated up to nine CASE studentships per year for students commencing in October 2016 to 2019 entry inclusive.  

As part of the DTP3 funding round, The White Rose BBSRC DTP has applied for further CASE studentships, as we value these high-quality industrial collaborations.  At the time of writing, we do not yet know how many we will have available.  The BBSRC DTP3 funding decision, including CASE studentships, is expected late September / early October 2019.  

We are calling for proposals in anticipation so that CASE studentships will fit into the normal student recruitment and selection processes of each university, as in previous years.  

What is iCASE for? 

iCASE funding MUST be used to support industrial, collaborative studentships. The collaborations should be with as wide a range of companies and organisations as possible.  In particular, partnerships should be sought with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and companies within the local area or which have specialist technical expertise.

  • The BBSRC has a list of employers within their Industrial Case Partnership (ICP) scheme:

 For CASE studentships, the BBSRC encourages the use of companies outside of their own ICP scheme.

Other useful links

Refer to the BBSRC website for further information about CASE studentships, including Frequently Asked Questions: 

How to apply

Click on the links below to download application forms A and B, plus the Guidance Notes.  

Please note that both forms must be completed.

WR BBSRC DTP iCASE application 2020 entry Guidance Notes

WR BBSRC DTP iCASE Form A_Case for Support 2020 entry

WR BBSRC DTP iCASE Form B_Non Academic Partner 2020 entry

Submit completed Forms A and B to Catherine Liddle, DTP via email:

The deadline for applications is Monday 30th September 2019 (12 noon).