Diverse Talent Scholarships

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Applications for an October 2023 start have now closed.

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 studentships in cutting-edge molecular, genetic and biochemical research. We are committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive environment within our postgraduate research programme. As such, we have created the Diverse Talent Scholarship scheme as part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Programme, which aims to provide support for candidates with outstanding potential, from diverse backgrounds, especially those who may not have previously considered a PhD as a viable option.

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

Are you on course to graduate in a relevant Bachelor or Master degree programme with an upper second class/merit or higher? Have you reached this point in your education from a diverse background, or by an unconventional route? If so, we would strongly encourage you to apply for the Diverse Talent Scholarships.

What we offer

We offer a 4-year, fully-funded PhD studentship, with a programme of integrated research and skills training, including 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 £17,668 per year for your living costs, which is paid to you in regular instalments. The stipend is a salary for postgraduate students that is tax free and does not need to be paid back (it is not a loan). In addition, your tuition fees and lab costs are paid by the studentship. As a DTS applicant you will follow a slightly different application process to be awarded your PhD. However once you start your PhD you will be fully integrated into the White Rose DTP. We are awarding 3 DTS studentships for the October 2023 intake.

How to apply

Applications for Diverse Talent Studentships starting in October 2023 have now closed. However information about the 2023 application process remains below for information only;

You will be asked to provide a contextual statement of about 150 words to tell us about your background and route into higher education. 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 ethnic background; if you are in the first generation of your family to go to university; if you are from a low-income background; if you are a care leaver; if you have a disability; if you have followed an unconventional route into higher education. You will also be asked to write about 250 words about your research interests, as well as providing information on your education and experience to date.

The application process is distinct from the standard DTP allocation: rather than choosing a specific project to apply for, instead you will apply to the DTS programme. If you are shortlisted to interview for the programme we will then ask you to specify three projects that interest you.

An indicative list of the type of PhD projects available at Leeds, Sheffield and York is available at the Standard Studentships page below. Please note that this is an indicative list only – we cannot guarantee that every project listed will be available to DTS applicants as the project may have already been filled. However if the findaphd.com link to a project (listed on the page below) says that the “project is no longer listed on findaphd.com and may not be available” this doesn’t necessarily mean that it has already been filled – rather the primary application deadline for it has passed which is not applicable to DTS applicants. We will endeavour to update the list of projects that remain available to DTS applicants as soon as possible. Once you have been shortlisted for interview for the DTS programme you can then specify your favourite 3 projects from this list.

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 a 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.

Questions? Email t.a.bennett@leeds.ac.uk