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Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs)


DTPs provide PhD training in research areas relevant to our remit and strategic priority areas. They also provide a breadth of professional development training opportunities to enhance students' capability and develop the world-class, highly skilled workforce the UK needs for its future.

Note to prospective students interested in applying for a DTP studentship. We do not recruit students and we do not run the process of recruitment for individual DTPs. Please refer to the relevant DTP institutions (for a full list see the funding allocations download below) for details of recruitment, including timescales, deadlines and application processes.


There are currently 14 BBSRC DTPs, collectively supporting 220 four-year studentships p.a. for three intakes (from October 2012-14). Each DTP works to a Portfolio Agreement, which sets out how they will allocate studentships across BBSRC priority areas. A breakdown of studentship allocations by DTP is found in the downloads section.

Each student will take a three-month 'Professional Internship for PhD Students' (PIPS) during their PhD, to experience working in an area not directly related to their PhD project. Each DTP also receives an allocation of Research Experience Placements (REPs) for promising undergraduate students to undertake summer research projects.


In 2014 BBSRC invited applications for its second DTP call. This will invest in 250 four-year studentships p.a. for five intakes (from October 2015-19) across 12 new Partnerships (see downloads). As with DTP1, all students will be required to undertake a PIPS placement as part of their four-year programme and REPs will be provided for promising undergraduate students.

Research Experience Placements

The Research Experience Placements (REPs) scheme provides support for undergraduate summer research placements.

Please note that students wanting to apply for a REP should contact the research organisation at which they wish to take a placement. Students may not apply directly to BBSRC.


  • To give promising undergraduates a first-hand opportunity to gain greater experience of research in the biosciences
  • To raise the profile of research careers amongst undergraduate students
  • To interest students in postgraduate research in strategically important areas for BBSRC

Allocation of REPs 2015

REPs are allocated to lead research organisations in receipt of a Doctoral Training Partnership award for use across the departments/institutions included within the Partnership, as well as to the seven UK veterinary research departments. Students are not able to apply to BBSRC directly for a REP. Around 100 placements are available per year. Details of the allocation of REPs for 2015 are available in the downloads section.

Further details

Full details of the scheme are provided in the downloads section. This includes information about:

  • Responsibilities of the awarding department/institution
  • Eligibility of students
  • Duration
  • Support costs
  • Reporting and payments
  • Research projects


Robert Hardwick

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