UK: PhD Fellowships in Applied Biosciences for Health, Energy and Social Policy

Application Deadline: 14 October 2019

DTA3/COFUND offers a chance to be trained at the UK’s top professional and technical universities. Operated by University Alliance, the programme is supported by a €6.5 million grant from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship programme which has been guaranteed up until 2020.


Our work includes developing collaborative programmes through which our member universities seek to enhance their student experience and research such as the Doctoral Training Alliance – a unique cohort-based doctoral training programme with a strong interdisciplinary and industry-focused ethos. Its objective is to train and develop highly employable researchers in strategically important areas.The extended University Alliance Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA3) brings together our existing doctoral training initiatives in Applied Biosciences for Health, Energy and Social Policy

The training will produce independent, highly-employable researchers with expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas. The DTA is the largest multi-partner and only nationwide doctoral training initiative of its kind.

The DTA builds on the research strengths and industry-focused ethos of our universities. It offers PhD students a fully-funded postgraduate programme, an expert support network and improved employment opportunities.

As well as enjoying the world-class facilities, supervisors and support at their home institution, DTA research students will be able to access a broader professional online community where they can collaborate with each other, share knowledge, and benefit from the extensive reach of the Doctoral Training Alliance.

The DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship programme (DTA3 / COFUND) will be delivered across a consortium of 15 universities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The fifteen universities are:

Early stage researchers can apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral fellowships to obtain an interdisciplinary PhD at a DTA3 / COFUND university and join our wider DTA cohort currently made up of 150 students & 300 supervisors.

In order to be eligible to apply candidates must not have been resident, nor carried out their main activity, in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline.

How to apply