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BBSRC South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP)

Find out about the SWBio DTP funding for new doctoral students in science and check if you are eligible.

Funding for doctoral students

If you are applying for doctoral study in humanities or science, you may be eligible for funding from the BBSRC South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP).

The partnership

The South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP) is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBRSC) and comprises the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, alongside Rothamsted Research.

This partnership also includes the following associate partners:

  • Marine Biological Association (MBA)
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
  • Swansea University
  • UCB Pharma
  • University of the West of England (UWE)
  • SETsquared Bristol

These institutions represent a distinctive group of bioscience research staff and students, with established international, national and regional networks, and widely recognised research excellence. As research leaders, they have a strong track record in advancing knowledge through high-quality research and teaching, in partnership with industry and the government.

Research themes

Studentships are available at Bath across the following research themes:


Research training is underpinned by transformative technologies, allowing you to expand the boundaries of your research through innovative tools, technologies and approaches.

You will be recruited to a broad, interdisciplinary project, supported by a multidisciplinary supervisory team. There are many cross-institutional PhD projects available that build on the expertise of each of our partners. There are also opportunities to:

  • apply your research in an industrial setting through our projects with an industrial partner (DTP CASE studentships)
  • undertake research jointly with some of our core and associate partners (standard DTP studentships with an associate partner)

Some projects will also offer working with other national/international researchers, as well as fieldwork opportunities.

Studentship value

Find out how much funding is available.

Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • Home tuition fees
  • generous budget for research expenses and training
  • maintenance stipend £15,609 per year (2021/22 rate)

Eligibility criteria

Find out if you are eligible for this award.

This award is open to all applicants (Home and International); however, in line with guidance from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the number of awards available to International students will be limited to 30% of the total.

Find out more about your tuition fee status.

Application deadlines

Find out when you should submit your application.

Scheme opens: Opening soon.

Application deadline: Monday 6 December 2021 at 23:59 (GMT).

About the Research Council

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.

The Research Councils include the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). They award funding for Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT).

Find out how to apply for SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership funding

Read the application guide

Contact us

If you have any questions about doctoral funding, get in touch.