Doctoral research scheme open for applications

The University of South Wales (USW) is one of 15 UK institutions involved in a scheme that is offering students the chance to undertake doctoral research.

With funding from EU's Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Doctoral Fellowship programme, the scheme will help more than 80 students to study in the UK.

University Alliance and its partners have hailed the success of the groundbreaking new programme to support PhD candidates - DTA3/COFUND. So far 30 candidates from 14 different countries have won places at leading British universities through this scheme.

Operated by University Alliance, the programme is supported by a €6.5m grant from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Doctoral Fellowship programme. It supports international researchers in the fields of Applied Biosciences for Health, Energy & Social Policy to gain doctoral fellowships at some of the country's leading technical and professional universities.

The programme offers doctoral researchers a range of support, including complete funding for course fees, research costs supported, a salary of more than £20,000 per annum, and access to an enhanced skills training programme.

DTA3/COFUND builds on University Alliance's Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA), which is a nationwide cohort-based doctoral training programme with a strong interdisciplinary and industry-focused ethos. Its objective is to train and develop highly employable researchers in strategically important areas.

Professor John Latham, Chair of University Alliance, said: "It’s fantastic to see the DTA3/COFUND programme go from strength to strength. We know from both member universities and students that the opportunity to work across a wide network of experts whilst studying at one of the UK's top technical and professional universities is a huge bonus for students and supervisors.

“The valuable resources and support that the programme provides help to make this a leading model for how to recruit and train PhD candidates".

University Alliance has today announced the next wave of places, offering candidates the chance to undertake doctoral research at one of 15 UK universities. Another 50 places will be available across all three disciplines, with applications open April 12.

The new opportunities created through the programme are advertised at https://unialliance.ac.uk/dta/cofund/.