Major funding boost for PhD training
4 April 2012
The College is to receive more than £8 million in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of their £83 million national investment in doctoral training grants (DTGs).
This year’s investment in DTGs is the largest the EPSRC has ever made and allocations have been awarded to 42 universities across the UK. The DTGs support the provision of a range of measures related to postgraduate training, including studentships for UK, EU and overseas nationals. The grants allow institutions to be flexible in terms of the duration of the studentship; between three and four years dependent on the project. The flexibility of the DTG mechanism also allows universities to leverage funds, for example from industry, to generate more money and potentially support higher numbers of students. There is also funding to support the very best students for an additional one or two years after they have completed their PhD, to ensure that the impact of their work is more fully realised.
Professor Donal Bradley, Pro Rector (Research), said: “I am delighted that the EPSRC has chosen to support PhD students at Imperial. Without this, we would not be able to offer the scale of high-quality research training that we currently deliver to students in the engineering and physical sciences. The DTG will enable a new cohort of excellent students to strengthen their knowledge and skills, working with world-leading research teams on challenging and timely projects. Like EPSRC, we consider this to be an essential component in developing the UK’s competitiveness.”
— Simon Watts, Communications and Development
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