Information for potential supervisors


MRC recently confirmed funding for DTP2, which will allow us to offer 8-9 scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year. We are soliciting projects from supervisors for this cohort of students.


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

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

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

MRC LID training requirements

Central to our DTP2 bid was a new equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, with plans to focus on widening participation over the course of the grant. (DTP1 followed traditional HEI advertisements and recruitment, and the data shows that we are missing out on a wide range of potential students.) As part of this change, there is mandatory training, for all supervisory team members, which must be completed before 2022-23 projects are confirmed and advertised.

Every member of a proposed supervisory team should attend the 3 training sessions:

  1. Overview of MRC LID
    Friday 24 September 2021, 12:00-13:00
    MRC LID DTP2 Overview slides & Zoom recording
    (If you have any issues with the overview links, please email MRC LID and we will provide you with copies.)
  2. Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) and unconscious bias
    Thursday 16 September 2021, 09:30-11:00
    Friday 24 September 2021, 10:00-11:30
    Monday 27 September 2021, 10:00-11:30
    Monday 11 October 2021, 10:00-11:30
  3. Microaggressions & being an active bystander
    Monday 4 October 2021, 09:30-12:00
    Thursday 7 October 2021, 10:00-12:30

    Wednesday 13 October 2021, 14:00-16:30

The sessions are offered via LSHTM but are intended for all proposed supervisors, regardless of whether they are based at SGUL or LSHTM.
– LSHTM staff members should sign up via the intranet link provided.
– SGUL staff should sign up by contacting LSHTM’s Talent & Educational Development team by email.

Additional note (added 30/09/2021): The MRC LID Board has been made aware of a small number of cases where it will not be possible for the full supervisory team to undertake all 3 pieces of training before the bid deadline (end of grant demands; jury service etc). As a compromise, and for this initial year only, we are asking all supervisory team members in this situation to provide details of this as part of their email project bid submission, which will allow for some flexibility/additional time for training. The email accompanying the bid submission must (a) give reasons why training was not done, and (b) self-certify/confirm that every member of the supervisory team has watched the MRC LID DTP2 Overview Zoom recording, and (c) confirm booking onto the next available, scheduled, relevant course/s. The MRC LID Board expects, in these cases, all training to have been completed by end of Jan/early Feb 2022.

Application form & guidance

2022-23 MRC DTP Project Bid Form
2022-23 MRC DTP Project Bid Form Guidance
Please read the guidance notes in advance of planning, as there have been a number of changes for DTP2.


Project proposal forms should be submitted to by the deadline of midnight (23:59 BST) on Wednesday 13 October 2021.

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