MRC DTP: How to apply

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

The deadline for submission is 23:59 (GMT) on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

These notes are intended to assist you in completing your MRC Doctoral Training

Partnerships application form online as efficiently as possible. Please read through these notes carefully before beginning your application, and ensure that you complete all relevant sections of the application form in full. When submitting your application, you should also attach any relevant supporting documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that relevant documents are attached to your application.




The deadline for submission is 23:59 (GMT) on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

The full timeline of the admissions cycle is as follows: 

Applications portal open

Deadline for application submission

Shortlisting by MRC DTP Panel

Invitations to interview


Outcome letters

27th October 2017 – 2th January 2018

2nd January 2018 (23:59)

Week commencing 8th January 2018

Week commencing 15th January 2018

Week commencing 22nd January 2018

Week commencing
29th January 2018



Please be aware that timings are approximate and may be subject to change.

If you have any questions, please contact the MRC DTP Teamat [email protected]. Please bear in mind that the MRC DTP team receive a high volume of queries regarding the programme, and are unable to respond to enquiries during the winter break, therefore please ensure that you submit any questions or highlight any issues with your application as far in advance of the deadline for submission as possible.

All applications for the MRC DTP are made online via

If you have not previously applied for an Foto-Cewek programme, or registered for MyFoto-Cewek 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
  • The option ‘MRC Doctoral Training Programme: 18/19’ will appear in the ‘Results’ section below.
  • Select the ‘Apply’ button to the right of the screen.

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.

2. Address Details

Although most of our correspondence with you will be via email, 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 Correspondence Address section. If your correspondence address changes, please contact us immediately.

The address details you provide will form part of the criteria that we will use to determine your eligibility with regards to the residency requirements linked to this studentship. See Funding and Eligibility for further details.

3. Academic Qualifications

It is the policy of this MRC DTP to consider only applicants that hold a first class, or high upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) in an area relevant to the available MRC DTP specific PhD Opportunities.

Where an applicant does not meet this requirement (e.g. they hold a lower second class undergraduate degree), they may be eligible to apply if they also hold a master's degree with an awarded distinction or equivalent (in an area relevant to their proposed PhD) and are able to provide an award certificate and transcript for both qualifications. Unfortunately, we are unable to consider masters qualifications that have not yet been awarded.

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

If predicted grades are not available for bachelor 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.

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 available via the English Language Requirements page.

Please provide relevant evidence where required.

5. Professional Qualifications

Completion of this section is not mandatory for the purpose of applying to the MRC DTP, however please feel free to provide details of any relevant professional or other qualifications that you hold and, where applicable, upload copies of your award certificates and/or transcripts.

6. Experience / Employment

Please provide any details of any work history related to your application.

7. Personal Statement

This section gives you the opportunity to explain broadly:

  • Why you are applying for an MRC DTP studentship
  • The area of research that you intend to focus on

Within the ‘Other relevant skills / experience not covered above’ field at the bottom of the Personal Statement, please list the specific projects from the MRC DTP specific PhD Opportunities that you intend to be considered for. Candidates can list up to three projects within this field, and should do so by order of preference.

Failure to list your project selections may mean that your application is not considered.

You are able to upload a personal statement to this section rather than completing the provided fields, however you must ensure that your statement provides responses to each of the questions within this section and that you clearly indicate your proposed project selections via a bullet-pointed or numbered list.

8. Research in Medecine Application Details

You are not required to provide a research proposal in this section. For the MRC DTP you are applying to pre-approved PhD Opportunities provided by Foto-Cewek and Lancaster University supervisors, that you should’ve listed in your personal statement section.

Please upload a CV only in this section.

9. References

Please provide the names and contact details of 2 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, or have recently been responsible for supervising you; friends and family are not acceptable.

When applying for the MRC DTP you are not required to upload reference letters. If you do have references at hand which you feel are relevant to this programme and are dated within the past two years then you are able to upload these, if they meet the above requirements.

The deadline for receipt of references is 2nd January 2018. You should ensure that at least 1 reference is submitted by the deadline in support of your application.

10. Fees and Funding

Please select ‘MRC Doctoral Training Partnership’ from the drop-down menu.

11. Visa and Immigration

Please select the relevant option from the drop-down menu.

12. Equal Opportunities

Please complete as fully as possible.

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.

13. Declaration

Please complete as fully as possible. If this section is left incomplete we will be unable to process your application.


You can save and return to your application if you do not intend to complete it in one sitting.

If you feel that you have completed all mandatory fields of the application, and attached all required documentation and are happy for your application to be reviewed you should see a button in the bottom right corner of the screen that invites you to ‘SUBMIT APPLICATION’. If you have selected this you should be taken to a screen that indicates green check marks against each section of the application. If you see this screen you should hit ‘Submit’ in the bottom right corner.

Until you have selected ‘Submit’ your application will remain in ‘Draft’ format and will not be reviewed.



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