Application Guidance

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

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.

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

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accept responsibility if an applicant forfeits his/her studentship because contact details provided are incorrect or out of date.

As part of MRC LID’s commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion we ask all applicants to complete an Equal Opportunities Survey alongside their applications. The information provided by applicants will only be used to (a) monitor and improve our policies, and ensure our systems and processes promote equity of opportunity, and (b) assess and deliver appropriate support. This information will not be included in the application documents sent out to academic staff for consideration and selection. Applicants who do not want to provide this data should complete the form, selecting the ‘Information refused’ option at each stage.

All applications will only be reviewed and processed after the deadline. All applications that are submitted before the deadline will be considered equally, regardless of submission date.

Timeline for 2021-22 entry

  • Application closing date: midnight (GMT) on 18 January 2021
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview by 24 February 2021
  • Interviews will take place in the week commencing 8 March 2020
  • Following interview, decisions will be confirmed by email

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

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