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The deadline for 2017-18 applications has now passed.

MRC London Intercollegiate DTP will begin accepting 2018-19 applications for 2018-19 in late autumn 2017. (Application links and details will be made available nearer the time.)

Applicants should only submit one application for an MRC LID Studentship per academic year. Details and the link to the application form can be found under the How to Apply section of this website.

Every applicant is permitted to apply for one project from the relevant academic year’s MRC LID Projects List. Details about each project, links to the project supervisors, and information about any additional eligibility criteria (generally academic and/or skills) can be found via the Projects List.

Applications for part-time study may be accepted depending on the nature of the chosen project.

Before completing the online application applicants should carefully read the UCKISA information about fees and fee status assessment. To be considered for this funding applicants must meet the eligibility criteria. Those who do not meet the eligibility requirements should not apply.

Applicants should ensure they complete all questions on the application which apply to them.

The details provided on the MRC LID Studentship Application will be used to check that the applicant is qualified and eligible to apply for this funding.

We strongly encourage applicants to contact proposed supervisors to discuss their research intentions and application well in advance of submitting an application for funding.

By submitting an application for MRC LID funding candidates are agreeing to these Terms & Conditions.

If an applicant is unsure whether the application should be for 1+3 or 3.5 year entry s/he is advised to contact the MRC LID administration team for further information and discussion. All discussions should be held within the guidelines set by the MRC.

Contact Information
Applicants should make sure that any changes to contact information are passed to the MRC LID administration team as soon as possible so that their information can be updated. An applicant may select a proxy to act on their behalf if they will be away and unable to access email and/or telephone at all stages of the application (except interview). Information about the person acting on an applicant’s behalf information must be passed to the MRC LID administration team in writing by the applicant. Requests for further information, invitations for interview, and notification of studentship offers will be made by email. The MRC LID will not accept responsibility if an applicant forfeits his/her studentship because contact details provided are incorrect or out of date.

Timeline for 2018-19 entry

  • Application closing date: midnight (GMT) on (date tbc)
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview by (date tbc)
  • Interviews will take place over week beginning (date tbc)
  • All applicants will be notified of results by (date tbc)
  • Formal award letters will be sent to candidates who accept an award (date tbc).

Successful candidates will be contacted with further details at each stage of the process.

How to Apply
At the initial application stage applicants should only submit a completed studentship online application, using the MRC LID Studentship option in the drop-down menu. As part of this application students should upload the following:

  • a research project proposal;
  • a Curriculum Vitae;
  • copies of transcript/s;
  • two references;
  • a 2018-19 MRC LID Studentships – Supplementary Questions Form;
  • (for non-UK resident EU nationals only) a brief statement from the applicant explaining his/her plans to fund his/her living expenses,

by the MRC LID Studentship application deadline.

An application will only be considered complete once all of the necessary documents have been received. All documents should be uploaded as part of the application. Where this is not possible they must be submitted by email to to be added to the already-submitted application. These must be submitted by the application deadline at the very latest.

Documents to be submitted
MRC LID Studentship applicants are responsible for ensuring that the MRC LID administration team receives all the necessary supporting documents – including transcripts and references – before the application deadline. Applicants should ensure that their referees are aware of the criteria required for their reference, and of the application deadline.

* Project Proposal
Applicants should submit a research proposal for their chosen project (selected from the list of projects available). They should use the advert abstract provided and expand upon it.

Applicants for the 1+3 Studentship should apply to a theme and prepare a one-page proposal based on an advertised project.

The research proposal should identify a specific research question or hypothesis, summarise the relevant background information (with no more than 5 key references) and should outline an appropriate research methodology by which the question can be addressed. Applicants should also mention how they expect their research to be useful, and to whom.

Applicants should include sufficient information in their research proposal for the MRC LID selection panel to assess their readiness for research training and doctoral study and suitability for an award. Therefore applicants should indicate the theoretical background to the project, why they consider it important and how it fits with their previous experience and possible future research work.

The research proposal must be the applicant’s own work and should focus on his/her own intended work, not the expertise of the proposed supervisors.

Project Proposal Format

  • Project proposals should be a maximum of 3 pages long.
  • The proposal should be in Arial or Times New Roman font (minimum font size 10 point).
  • Margins should be a minimum of 1.5 cm on all sides.
  • All attached pages must be clearly labelled with the applicant’s name. Other additional material should not be attached as this will not be considered.

* Curriculum Vitae
Applicants must submit a two-page Curriculum Vitae, with a clear description of their prior education and full employment history.

* Transcripts
Applicants for an MRC studentship are responsible for ensuring that the MRC LID administration team receives notification of the certified results (transcripts) of all undergraduate or postgraduate degree examinations that they have undertaken (no matter when they obtained the qualification).

If an applicant is still undertaking a degree they should

  • submit copies of their interim transcript/s (where final transcripts have not yet been issued), and
  • ensure that the MRC LID administration team is informed of the date when their result will be known.

Please note that this MRC DTP will not be able to offer a studentship to any applicants without confirmation of their degree result.

Applicants who submit documents in a language other than English must provide an officially certified translation, together with the original document. Translations supported by uncertified photocopies will not be accepted.

* References
Each application must be supported by references from two people able to comment authoritatively on the applicant’s academic performance and suitability for doctoral study. These should normally be from tutors on the applicant’s undergraduate or postgraduate course who have direct knowledge of his/her work. It is strongly recommended that neither of the references be written by the applicant’s prospective supervisor. It is accepted that some students may have undertaken relevant professional work where the referees would be able to comment on their suitability for undertaking research. If this is the case then the circumstances should be fully explained.

Applicants are encouraged to communicate with their referees as early as possible in the application process. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their references are returned to MRC LID by the scholarship closing date.

Referees should complete the reference on headed paper using the criteria below. Applicants should ensure that their referees are aware of the criteria required for their reference – the paragraph below is written directly to referees, so that applicants can copy/forward it to them.

Please comment as fully as possible (in 300 – 400 words) on the candidate’s suitability for an award. Please include comments on the following:

  1. Your views on the candidate’s suitability for postgraduate training in general and for the particular course and research he/she proposes to undertake.
  2. Information on how, and to what extent, the candidate has shown academic ability in terms of:
  • ability to grasp concepts and reason analytically;
  • motivation and perseverance in achieving objectives; and,
  • capacity for original thought.
  1. An assessment of the candidate’s particular strengths and weaknesses, and of possible further training the candidate will require to successfully complete their research. If a current undergraduate student, please indicate where the candidate ranks in their cohort.
  2. Please indicate how long you have known the candidate and in what capacity.

References should be sent to the MRC LID email address – – by the referee or the candidate, depending on the referee’s preference. Either way, the email and reference should both clearly state the candidate’s name.

Equality & Diversity
MRC LID is commited to equality, diversity, and inclusion, and we welcome applications from everyone. We particularly welcome applications from BAME applicants and applicants with disabilities, as these groups are currently under-represented in the DTP.

We would be grateful if all applicants completed the Equal Opportunities paperwork alongside their application. This information will only be used to monitor and improve our equal opportunities policies, and to assess and deliver appropriate support. This information will not be included in the application documents sent out for consideration.

Selection Process
MRC LID will apply a single, cross-institution approach to student recruitment to ensure that the best students are selected. Selection criteria will include strong academic background, demonstrable aptitude for research, evidence of motivation for undertaking a PhD and an understanding of what it entails.

Admissions policies at both institutions are in line with Equality & Diversity strategies, and aim to support fair, explicit and consistent admission procedures.

Application for Study
Those applicants who will be primarily registered at LSHTM will be expected to submit an application for study, via our online applications system, once they have been made a studentship offer. This will be noted in the offer of funding letter.

Those applicants who will be primarily registered at SGUL will not be required to complete an admissions application, but may be asked to provide original documents and additional information at a later stage.

MRC LID would prefer short-listed candidates to attend for interview in person.

Interview for 2017-18 took the following format:
Thursday 16 March 2017:
* initial briefing at SGUL
* tour of SGUL
* individuals meet with their potential supervisors
* tour of LSHTM
* drinks reception with current MRC students and staff associated with MRC LID at LSHTM
Friday 17 March 2017:
* formal interviews
MRC LID covered the cost of reasonable overnight accommodation.Formats etc are likley to be similar for 2018-19. Further information will be provided to short-listed candidates at the time they are invited for interview.






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