Funding & Eligibility

Please ensure you read these eligibility criteria before making an application.

Academic Eligibility

It is the policy of LSTM and this studentship programme to consider only applicants that hold a first class, or high upper second-class Honours degree, a Masters degree, or a degree of a comparable standard awarded from outside the UK in an area relevant to the available MRC DTP/CASE-specific PhD Opportunities page and in line with LSTM’s Research Departments and themes and topics from the CHICAS and MPS groups at Lancaster University.  

Where an applicant does not meet the Honours degree requirement (e.g. they hold a lower second class Honours degree), they may be eligible to apply if they also hold a Master’s degree with an awarded distinction in an area relevant to the available MRC DTP/CASE project they intend to be considered for. To be considered for this exemption, candidates must provide an award certificate and transcript for both qualifications. Unfortunately, we are unable to consider Masters qualifications that have not yet been awarded for this purpose.

Please provide full details of any relevant academic qualifications that you hold or expect to be awarded and upload both award certificate and transcript where available. If you do not have a transcript you should request this from the awarding institution. Please be aware that transcripts can often take up to 28 days to produce depending on the institution.

If predicted grades are not available for Honours degree studies which are still in progress, a partial transcript providing details of Years 1 and 2 can be provided instead. Studentships awarded based on predicted grades will be conditional upon final results.

We seek applications from a broad range of backgrounds including life sciences, medicine, mathematics, public health, health economics, and social sciences. Studentships will be awarded based on academic excellence and performance at interview.

Exemption from MRes

There may be exceptional circumstances whereby a student can demonstrate that they have previously completed a relevant Master’s qualification that satisfies the learning objectives of the MRes in Quantitative and Translational Skills in Global Health at Lancaster University and may request permission to request exemption from the MRes year, and be ‘fast-tracked’ to join the PhD programme directly. Candidates that successfully apply for exemption will join on a 0+3 programme basis, meaning that they have 3 years from the point of registration.  Candidates will be expected to evidence that they can demonstrate skills, experience and understanding in each element of the core course module requirements to be considered for exemption.

In order to be considered for direct entry to the PhD component though, candidates should contact pgr@lstmed.ac.uk in the first instance. Candidates will be expected to evidence that they can demonstrate skills, experience and understanding in each element of the core course module requirements to be considered for exemption. An outcome of the request will be communicated within a reasonable time frame, and/or candidates may be required to justify their request at interview if they progress to this stage.

Residence Requirements

Following an announcement by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), candidates of all nationalities are eligible to apply for an MRC DTP studentship (although limited studentships are available for students that cannot demonstrate ‘Home’ status) and successful candidates will be awarded the fees and stipend package that has previously been awarded to ‘Home’ candidates only. Please refer to further UKRI guidance on changes to EU and International Eligibility for UKRI funded studentships.

The LSTM-Lancaster University MRC DTP scheme are able to offer up to 1 studentship for this call to an international (non-Home) candidate.

To be classified as having ‘Home’ status, candidates must meet any one of the following criteria:

  • Be a UK national (and meet residency requirements – see below)
  • Have ‘Settled Status’ in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay
  • Have ‘Pre-Settled Status’ for the entire period of the studentship (and meet residency requirements – see below)
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

I am a UK National. How do I know if I meet the Residency Requirements to be classed as having Home Status?

In terms of residency requirements for UK nationals, candidates will continue to be eligible for home status as long as:

  • They were living in the EEA or Switzerland on 31 December 2020, and have lived in the EEA, Switzerland, the UK or Gibraltar for at least the last 3 years prior to the course start date
  • They have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, the UK or Gibraltar between 31 December 2020 and the start of the course

Children of UK nationals will also be eligible for support on the same terms, even if they are not themselves UK nationals, as long as both the UK national and the child meet the conditions listed above.

The above residency requirements will not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement. It will also not apply to those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

A UK national may have spent an extended period living outside the UK, either for study or employment and still be eligible for home fee status. Candidates in these circumstances are required to show that they have maintained a relevant connection with their home country and therefore claim that the absence was temporary. ‘Temporary’ does not depend solely on the length of absence.

I have Pre-Settled Status. How do I know if meet the Residency Requirements to be classed as having Home Status?

Those with pre-settled status will qualify for Home status if they have 3 years residency in the UK, EEA, Gibraltar, or Switzerland immediately before the course start date.

I don’t meet any of the criteria above but would like to apply, can I?

Yes! If you do not meet any of the above criteria, you will be classified as having ‘International’ status. You are still eligible to apply, however we are only able to offer a limited number of studentships per annum to international candidates as detailed above.

If I am classified as having ‘International’ status, what funding will I receive?

Successful candidates with international status will receive an identical funding package as home students. Programme fees are covered by UKRI up to the home level, and the registering institution will waive the difference between Home and International Fees.

LSTM and Lancaster University have made the decision to waive the difference between home and International fees given the partnership’s commitment to improving global health in low and middle income countries, and empowering high quality candidates to access opportunities in translational research and excel as future leaders in the field.

Funding Package

In addition to payment of programme fees, a studentship will provide:

  • Stipend paid at the national minimum doctoral level - £15,285* (this the 20/21 rate, information on 21/22 rate not available at time of advert)
  • Research Training Support Grant which includes;

-  Contribution to MRes Project Rotation bench fees

-   £5,000 per annum during ‘Research Active’ PhD registration, paid and managed by candidate’s PhD supervisor(s)

  • Supplementary/Flexible Funding which can be applied for to undertake additional skill development, high cost/exceptional training, internship/placement opportunities, and pursuing activities related to transition from PhD to employment roles

No additional funding is available to successful candidates for travel between Lancaster University and LSTM sites.