CTP Application Process

Step 1

Browse the current PhD Studentships

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Step 2

Carefully read the information for applicants below.

Step 3

Submit your application following the instructions on How to Apply page.

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The studentship is only available to UK and other EU nationals (due to funding criteria, EU nationals who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of their studentship will be restricted to a fees-only award). If you have not always lived in the UK refer to the Eligibility Links below.

Each student will be supported by the tax-free stipend (£14,777 in 2018/19), typically for 4 years or as otherwise stated on the project advert. In addition, for eligible students, the award will cover EU/UK fees

All Waitrose CTP students will have a Research and Training Grant (RTSG) of £3000 per annum to fund their research. The RTSG is provided to support the project in terms of project consumables, travel and accommodation expenses and attending conferences. All students will have the opportunity to bid for a contribution from the Individual Training Grant Fund each year.


Alongside the PhD project, all students have the opportunity to exhaust several avenues of high-quality training courses from their home institutes and collaborators of the CTP.

The training programme consists of varied opportunities from cohort development and multidisciplinary events to research skills training. The aim of the training plan is to develop doctoral researchers capable of conducting world-class research.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have or expect to have, a minimum Upper Second Class UK Honours degree or the equivalent qualification gained outside the UK, in a relevant subject to the project they are applying for (these will be specified in the individual project descriptions).