Information for potential supervisors

2024-25 call for projects

MRC LID will be offering 8-9 scholarships for the 2024-25 academic year. We are soliciting projects from supervisors for this cohort of students.

This is an opportunity for supervisors to attract students with potential for PhD scholarships that fall into at least one of the following DTP themes:

  • Global Health
  • Health Data Science
  • Infectious Disease
  • Translational and Implementation Research

We are particularly keen to encourage projects which involve collaboration between LSHTM and SGUL.

For projects to be considered for inclusion in the MRC LID list for prospective students, supervisory teams must have completed specific training before the project bids are considered by the MRC LID board. Further information is below.  

For full details of the scheme and further bid instructions, please see the 2024-25 MRC LID Project Bid Guidance document.

Please complete and submit a 2024-25 MRC LID Project Bid online by 23:59 (BST) on Wednesday 11 October 2023.

If you have any questions please contact the MRC LID Admin team by email: mrclid@lshtm.ac.uk

MRC LID’s specific training requirements  

MRC LID specified training must be completed by every person on the supervisory team by 30 October 2023 at the latest. This requirement is the same regardless of whether the proposed supervisor is based at LSHTM or SGUL or external to either partner institution. Training must also be completed by the mentor of the primary supervisor if/where a mentor is required for the MRC LID scheme.  

The training to be completed is:  

  1. Overview of MRC LID
  2. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
    • a) Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at LSHTM workshop
    • b) Challenging Micro-Aggressions and Becoming an Active Bystander
    • c) EDI Reflective Practice for RD Supervisors Workshop
  3. Institutional supervisory training 

Please note: Because of commitments made on our grant MRC LID cannot consider projects without specified training being completed by all supervisory team members. 

Training available (dates & times)

Places on each course are limited. Please book for the earliest available opportunity that you can make or contact TED as soon as possible to join a waiting list. This will help us to gauge demand and try to meet it within the MRC LID timeline.

1. Overview of MRC LID

(Online recording; self-certified) Supervisors are asked to watch the recording through, so that you have some background and understanding of the scheme.

MRC LID DTP2 Overview Recording 

The recording was made for 2023-24. Whilst the principles and general information remains the same, updated details for this round and timelines can be found in the 2024-25 MRC LID Project Bid Guidance document.

(If you have any issues with the overview link please email MRC LID for a copy of the recording.)

2. EDI courses  

The specific agreed courses for this scheme – as listed previously – are facilitated by LSHTM (Zoom online course) for all supervisors, regardless of institution.

For (a) ‘Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at LSHTM workshop’ and (b) ‘Challenging Microaggressions and Becoming an Active Bystander’
Course dates are still to be confirmed. Contact LSHTM Talent & Education Development (email: Staffdevelopment@lshtm.ac.uk) to join the waiting list.

Prospective supervisors who have previously undertaken (a) ‘EDI at LSHTM workshop’ and (b) ‘Challenging Microaggressions…’ during the past 2-3 years are asked to attend (c) ‘EDI Reflective Practice workshop’ only. This is line with MRC LID’s commitment for supervisors to undertake and update their EDI training, as it relates to RD recruitment and supervision, every 2 years.  

For (c) EDI Reflective Practice for RD Supervisors Workshop 

– Thursday 21 September 2023, 13.30-15.00 (direct TED booking link: https://staffbookings.lshtm.ac.uk/index.php/info/2854
– Monday 30 October 2023, 09.30-11.00 (direct TED booking link: https://staffbookings.lshtm.ac.uk/index.php/info/2850)  

3. SGUL or LSHTM Supervisor Training  

In addition, everyone is expected to be up to date with their institutional new supervisory training or refresher training (at intervals of 3 years) at their primary institution (LSHTM or SGUL). Please check for standard institutional opportunities and book in the usual way at your institution (new or refresher training, as applicable).  

How to book 

  • LSHTM staff – Please use the intranet TED booking system on the LSHTM Intranet and/or links here to book your place, or email TED to join the waiting lists. (Please search by the course name as it’s set out in this email.)
  • SGUL staff – Please email LSHTM Talent & Education Development to book your place or join the waiting lists (email: Staffdevelopment@lshtm.ac.uk). 
  • Other supervisors (not LSHTM or SGUL) – Please email LSHTM Talent & Education Development to book your place or join the waiting lists (email: Staffdevelopment@lshtm.ac.uk). 

EDI FAQs

1. Mandatory Training

How frequently must I take the EDI and supervisory training?  

  • MRC LID intends for all supervisors to attend/refresh their EDI training every TWO years.
  • If you were on absence leave (e.g., maternity or sick leave), you can discount the period of leave from the accumulation of years  – for instance, a person who took maternity leave for 52-weeks in the past TWO years will have only accumulated one year (i.e. the year that they were at work) and will still have one year to go until they have accumulated two years and need to do the refresher course. Please contact MRC LID to discuss details further and advised of the aggregated time out. 
  • Supervisors must update their institutional supervisory training every THREE years (see institutional guidance).

What EDI training must I do?

  • Each potential supervisory team member must undertake:
    • “Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at LSHTM workshop”  
    • “Challenging Micro-Aggressions and Becoming an Active Bystander” 
  • Those who have not completed this training previously should undertake it now.
  • Potential supervisors who have previously attended the “EDI at LSHTM workshop” and “Challenging Micro-Aggressions” must also attend the following workshops at least once every TWO years (since their last training): 
    • “EDI Reflective Practice for RD Supervisors Workshop” (refresher/follow-up) 

What would happen if I had taken equivalent training from other institutions? Can I use those?

  • Unfortunately, we don’t have the facility or time to assess equivalent training for what would be a large number of potential supervisors. To ensure that everyone has a common basis for discussing EDI and other RD training issues, we require all potential supervisors to do our in-house training.

Why can’t I do the training later?

  • Most EDI issues arise at the moment potential supervisors start talking with prospective students and contributing to students application, which is why the training has to be done before the project can be advertised.

2. Why does my reflection on decolonizing global health issues apply if my project is primarily based in the UK or other high-income country (HIC) settings?

  • We recognize that all projects are different, and the concept of coloniality may not seem applicable to a proposed project. However, potential supervisors should spend time as a team reflecting on factors that may perpetuate inequities, such as (i) underrepresentation of minoritized groups in research, (ii) power dynamics between research participants and researchers as well as between supervisor and supervisee, (iii) sources of knowledge, who is considered an “expert” in a given topic and why, and/or (iv) engagement of study participants and the potential beneficiaries of the research in all steps of it. These issues may apply to research conducted in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) as well as HICs.
  • Some other potential sources of information could be found at:
    https://www.england.nhs.uk/aac/publication/increasing-diversity-in-research-participation/
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-023-01579-9

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