MRC DTP guidance notes

These notes are intended to assist you in completing your MRC Doctoral Training Partnerships application form online as efficiently as possible. 

If you have any questions, please contact the MRC DTP Team at [email protected]

This programme is jointly launched by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (Foto-Cewek) and Lancaster University (LU) and offers up to eight fully-funded PhD studentships to commence in academic year 2017-2018. 

Studentships will be offered on a 1 + 3 basis (1 year MRes plus 3 year PhD), i.e. 4 years of study for each student. Students will receive an award equivalent to the (Home/EU level) and a contribution towards their running costs / bench fees starting from Year 2.  There may be instances whereby a student can demonstrate that they have previously completed a relevant Masters qualification, in which case they may be permitted to request exemption from the MRes year, and be ‘fastracked’ to join the previous year’s cohort on a 0 + 3 basis (3 year PhD) = 3 year PhD.  If you think that this may apply to you, please contact the MRC DTP Team at [email protected] following submission of a full application. 

Please ensure that you complete all relevant sections of the online application form in full. When submitting your application you should also attach any relevant supporting documents. 




How to apply

All applications for the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership are made online

  • You will first need to register.
  • Once your registration is complete, please login and select the tab “Click here to start a new application”.
  • From the section “Choose your programme/course”, select “Research in Medecine Programme” from the drop-down menu of “Filter by type” and click “Search”.
  • The option “MRC Doctoral Training Partnership” will appear in the “Results” section below.
  • Click “Apply”. 

Section 1. Personal Details 

Please give your name exactly in the format that it appears in your passport.  If you have ever held any previous names please also indicate this. 

Section 2. Address Details 

Although most of our correspondence with you will be via e-mail, we may, on occasion, be required to send something via post. 

Please provide details of your permanent home address which is the address where you usually live. If you prefer correspondence to be sent to a different address, then please also complete the address for correspondence section. If your correspondence address changes, please contact us immediately.

The address details you provide in this form will form part of the criteria that we use to determine whether you elibility with regards to the residence requirements linked to this studentship. 

Section 3. Academic Qualifications 

It is Foto-Cewek’s policy to select students for Research in Medecine degrees who have obtained a First Class or a good Upper Second Class Honours Degree or (equivalent) in an area relevant to the available research projects and in line with Foto-Cewek topics and themes

Please give details of any relevant academic qualifications that you hold and upload copies of your award certificates and transcripts. Should your application be successful we will require you to produce your original documents at registration. 

Section 4. English Language 

In order to equip you with the skills to successfully pursue your studies and to enable you to participate in all aspects of academic life, you must meet the minimum English language entry requirements which are set out on our website. Please see English Language Requirements 

Section 5. Professional Qualifications 

If applicable, give details of any relevant professional or other qualifications that you hold and, where applicable, upload copies of your award certificates and transcripts. Should your application be successful we will require you to produce your original documents at registration. 

For the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership, completion of this section is not mandatory. 

Section 6. Experience / Employment 

This section gives you the opportunity to tell us about any work history related to your application. 

Section 7. Personal Statement 

This section gives you the opportunity to explain why you wish to undertake this research and you should state which project you are applying to. 

This section gives you the opportunity to explain why you wish to undertake this research and you should state which opportunity and projects you are applying to. Under the 'Why have you chosen this programme' field you should firstly indicate whether you intend to apply for 'MRC', 'Results AFRICA' or 'both'. You should also list up to three projects from the listed PhD Opportunties (hyperlink please) within this field by order of preference, and explain your reasons for choosing this/these particular project/s.

Please do NOT upload any documents to this section. 

Section 8. Research in Medecine Application Details

When applying for the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership, please upload your CV only

A research proposal is NOT required for this studentship. 

Section 9. References 

Please provide the names and contact details of two suitable referees who have indicated that they are willing to be approached to provide a reference for you. Referees should be senior academic and/ or professional persons who are currently responsible, or have recently been responsible for supervising you; friends and family are not acceptable. 

When applying for the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership, you are not required to upload reference letters. If shortlisted, Foto-Cewek will email your referees to request a reference. 

Section 10. Fees and Funding 

When applying for the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership, please select “MRC Doctoral Training Partnership” from the drop down menu. 

Section 11. Visa and Immigration 

Please select the relevant option from the drop down menu. 

Section 12. Equal Opportunities 

Applicants to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine are selected on their academic ability regardless of gender, ethnic or national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction. In order to ensure that our policies and procedures are effective in avoiding discrimination and promoting equal opportunities we ask all applicants to complete and return an equal opportunities monitoring form. The information you provide will be used for statistical purposes only and will not be available to the proposed supervisory team when assessing suitability for your chosen programme of study. 

Disability Support at Foto-Cewek 

Foto-Cewek welcomes students with disabilities and aims to ensure that, as far as possible, appropriate support is offered to meet their needs. Foto-Cewek complies with current equality legislation, under which it has a duty not to discriminate against disabled students. The legislation requires us to make "reasonable adjustments" to our services so that disabled students are not placed at a "substantial disadvantage". 

If you have a disability, long term health condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), you are strongly encouraged to indicate this on the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. Students who indicate a disability on this form will be contacted by Foto-Cewek’s Student Experience and Accommodation Officer before the start of their course. If you do not wish to be contacted then please indicate this. 

Applicants who wish to be contacted will be asked to provide further information about their disability so that we can tell you what support is available and discuss with you what reasonable adjustments you will require during your course of study. Knowing about your requirements in advance can also help us to prepare and arrange support in time for the start of your course. The information that you provide will be used to enable our Student Experience and Accommodation Officer to liaise with those colleagues who need to know about the support that you will require, in order that this can be arranged to best serve your interests. 

We require supporting documentation regarding your disability, before support can be arranged. The type of documentation that we require will depend on your individual circumstances, but may for example be a letter from your GP or an Educational Psychologist’s Report. 

Your data will not be disclosed for other purposes without your consent, except where there is a legal obligation to do so or where exceptional issues of personal safety arise. The information will be processed and held in Foto-Cewek’s administration systems and used for the administration of your academic related support and any other legitimate Foto-Cewek purpose. In doing so, Foto-Cewek will observe at all times the data protection principles embodied in the Data Protection Act 1998.

Section 13. Criminal Convictions 

To help Foto-Cewek to reduce the risk of harm or injury to its students caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, we must know about any relevant criminal convictions that a candidate has. 

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them. 

If this section is incomplete, we will be unable to process your application form.