Diverse Talent Scholarships

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Deadline for the next round of applications to be announced soon!

The White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive environment within its postgraduate research programme. We are working to increase diversity and are encouraging applications from all backgrounds to apply for a fully-funded PhD scholarship as part of the White Rose DTP.

Are you excited about Biology, Genomics, Biological Chemistry, Computational Biology, or any area of Mechanistic Biology and its strategic application?

If so, and you are on course for a high 2i or a First class degree in your undergraduate study (or a Merit or above in a Master’s degree), please apply to our PhD programme.  We offer a 4-year, fully-funded programme of integrated research and skills training, with cross-disciplinary supervision and a 3 month professional internship with an external organisation. 

The studentships are fully funded for four years and it is expected you will complete your PhD within this four year time period. You will receive a minimum ‘stipend’ of £15,609 per year for your living costs, which is paid to you in regular instalments. The stipend is a kind of salary for postgraduate students that is tax free and does not need to be paid back. It is what you use to pay your rent and food and other living expenses. In addition, your tuition fees and lab costs are also paid by the studentship.

The Opportunity

The White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in Mechanistic Biology brings together world-class molecular and cellular bioscience centres at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, offering PhD projects in cutting-edge molecular, genetic and biochemical research. The DTP is committed to encouraging and supporting diverse talent. We are keen to attract the best talent from all backgrounds and encourage applications from candidates with outstanding potential, who will greatly benefit from the DTP training programme, and go on to contribute to UK and global society. Research projects are available at the Universities of York, Sheffield, and Leeds. Please look at the potentially available project titles using the following links:

Eligibility

These opportunities are open only to students who are eligible to home students/UK residents. We are looking for applicants from all backgrounds.

How to apply

Consider the titles and descriptions of PhD projects available at York, Sheffield and Leeds. Once you identify some projects that interest you, apply through the university that lists your top choice by clicking on the tab that says ‘apply here’. In order to widen access to postgraduate research to those who may not have previously considered a PhD as a viable option, we are working to improve the recruitment and selection process for applications to the White Rose DTP. As part of this, you will have the opportunity to provide a ‘contextual statement’ of about 150 words so you can tell us any details of your personal circumstances that you think are relevant. This information will help us with the decisions made by our selection panel during the short-listing for interviews. You may like to tell us about any of the following circumstances: your ethnicity; if you are in the first generation of your family to go to university; if you are from a low-income background or single-parent home; if you have received a means-tested scholarship; if you have a disability; or anything else you wish to disclose. We would also like to know about your motivation and what science excites you; so we ask you to write about 250 words on your research interests.

How we assess your application

Your application will include your undergraduate transcript, and other details of your academic background, as well as your statement of research interests and an optional contextual statement. We will also request references from two people (usually academics) who can support your application by telling us about your potential. A DTP selection panel representing the Universities of York, Sheffield, and Leeds will assess these documents and invite the best candidates for interview.