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Doctoral Training Alliance – DTA3/COFUND PhD Opportunities


The extended University Alliance Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA3) brings together our existing doctoral training initiatives in Applied Biosciences for Health, Energy and Social Policy following a €6.5million award from the European Commission, under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) COFUND scheme.

The programme will foster transnational mobility through an extended network of international associate partners in Europe and overseas, including Australia and South Africa, to provide recruitment and international placements.

How to apply?

Applicants must apply using the online form on the University Alliance website. Full details of the programme, eligibility details and a list of available research projects are available here.

The final deadline for application is Monday 8 October 2018. There will be another opportunity to apply for DTA3 projects in the spring of 2019. The list of available projects is likely to change for the second intake. 

To qualify for a DTA3 opportunity, applicants must

  • Be ‘early-stage researchers’ (i.e. in the first four years of their research careers and not have a doctoral degree);
  • Not have been resident, nor carried out their main activity, in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before taking up a DTA3 opportunity
  • Not already be permanently employed by the entity where the DTA3 opportunity will take place.

The Doctoral Training Alliance:

  • If the UK is going to compete as a knowledge economy in the 21st Century, it needs a strong research and innovation ecosystem. Our Doctoral Training Alliance, developed by a group of Alliance universities, builds on our research strengths and industry-focused ethos. The training will produce independent, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas. It is the largest nationwide multi-partner initiative of its kind.
  • We are currently running three Doctoral Training Alliance programmes 1) in Applied Biosciences for Health; 2) in Energy and 3) in Social Policy.
  • Doctoral students will gain access to excellent research, an expert support network, and improved employment opportunities.

Benefits to participants

  • Participants will benefit from the world-class facilities, supervisors and support at their home institution as well as the wider DTA community to collaborate and share expertise with.
  • DTA3/COFUND participants will be employed for 36 months with a minimum salary of  (approximately) £20,989 per annum. Tuition fees will waived for DTA3/COFUND participants who will also be able to access an annual DTA elective bursary to enable attendance at DTA training events and interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance(s). Part-time opportunities may also be an option depending on the particular institution.  
  • The programme will develop participants’ vital research skills such as critical reasoning and epistemology as well as practical innovation and entrepreneurial expertise. The programme will ensure participants are job-ready and can apply the results of their excellent research to deliver impact. 

Benefits to Industry and Employers

  • The DTA is designed and delivered with industry partners to respond to their needs and provide participants with placements, knowledge transfer and potential future employment opportunities.