Application FAQs

How do I apply?
Please follow the How to Apply steps. We strongly suggest that applicants read the Application Guidance before starting an application.

How do I know if I’m eligible to apply for these studentships?
Studentships are offered within standard research council restrictions. To be eligible for a full studentship applicants must meet the all of the eligibility criteria noted on our eligibility criteria page.

Can non-UK applicants apply for these studentships?
Yes. Home and international students are eligible to apply for this funding. The scholarship only covers tuition fees to the UKRI fee rate. Therefore, anyone who is assessed with overseas fee rate will be required to find alternative funding (eg bursary; scholarship; support from their supervisors) to cover the difference between ‘Home’ and ‘Overseas’ fees each year. Awardees may not use their MRC LID stipend or the additional research/training support to top-up fees. In order to keep within UKRI’s equity of opportunity policy, MRC LID cannot make awards to any applicants who wish to cover the top-up from personal/family funds. Applicants from low and middle income countries (LMICs) who are nominated by the board for an MRC LID Studentship may be eligible for a bursary from their institution (LSHTM or SGUL) to cover the difference of fees (between their studentship award value and the full overseas fee rate). Further details about this will be shared with those who reach this stage at the time of selection.

What qualifications do I need to have to apply?
Our baseline criteria are noted on the eligibility criteria page. These are required entry levels for the institutions. However, applicants should note that awards are highly competitive. Therefore it is likely that these will be made to those who have far exceeded the baseline academic qualification requirements, and/or suitable skills and experience.

I am currently registered for a Masters (or have just finished my Masters) and do not have my transcripts or certificate yet, what should I do?
Please ensure that you include your Masters programme under the Qualifications section of your application. Please upload the certificate/transcripts from your Undergraduate Degree and an interim transcript from your ongoing studies as part of your application.

What projects are available for MRC LID Studentships?
Projects offered by the studentship scheme can be found on the Projects page. Projects have been assessed to ensure that they fall within at least one of the MRC LID themes, and will provide students with at least one of the MRC’s skill priorities.

Can I apply for more than one project?
No. Each applicant should only apply for one project.

What questions will I be asked in the application?
The application is a 3 form process:
1. Scholarships Portal Application
(You will be asked to provide the following details: name; contact details; nationality and residency; qualifications; study and employment history; names and contact details of 2 referees. You will also be asked to upload various documents – see FAQ below for details.)
2. MRC LID Supplementary Questions
3. MRC LID Equal Opportunities

What documents do I need to submit with my application?
Applicants should submit all of the mandatory documents with their application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for this funding.

When is the closing date for applications?
The deadline is noted on the How to Apply page. We are unable to accept applications received after the deadline.

What scholarships are available through MRC LID?
MRC LID Studentships are available via two potential routes: 1+3 or 3.5 years.

What support do these scholarships give?
MRC LID uses the MRC Studentship award rates.
An MRC Studentship award pays tuition fees (to the UKRI fee rate); a tax-free stipend; a research training and support grant (RTSG); a travel/conference allowance. There is additional funding available – on a competitive basis – for training and placements.

What is the stipend payment for these studentships?
Stipends are paid at the standard MRC Studentship rate plus London weighting (an additional GBP 2,000.00 pa).

Are there additional benefits on this scheme?
There is additional funding available for training and for placements awarded on a competitive basis (for examples of additional funding available for training and placements please see details from our cohort of students).
Students will become part of an MRC cohort, linking all MRC-funded students at St George’s and LSHTM (including students based at MRC units in The Gambia and Uganda), and provide training and networking opportunities.

Can I study for a PhD on a part-time basis on this scheme?
It may be possible to study part-time, depending on the research degree project. If you wish to apply for  part-time studentship please discuss this with your potential supervisor before submitting your application.

Can clinically qualified students apply for these studentships?
Yes, although there is no enhanced/higher stipend for clinically qualified students and clinical training cannot be conducted in parallel with the PhD programme.

Why choose MRC LID instead of another MRC DTP?
Read up about the research environment we offer.
The MRC LID scheme requires students to undertake a 3 month placement which not directly linked to their PhD – students who have undertaken their placements have all agreed that it has broadened their skills and perspective, and will be useful in their post-doctoral career.

Can I find out about other students on this scheme, and what they think?
Yes, some of our students have kindly provided information about their research projects, training and placements to provide an overview.

What is the selection process for these studentships?
Please see the information on our post-application page.

When will I find out whether my application has been successful?
All applicants will receive an email with the outcome of their applications. Further details and dates can be found on the application guidance page.

When would I be expected to start my studies if my MRC LID application is successful?
At the start of the academic year. All MRC LID students are expected to attend registration & induction week at LSHTM in late September, followed by registration at SGUL.

Who do I contact if my question is not answered by information found on the website?
Please contact the MRC LID administration team and we will respond as soon as we are able to.

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