QUADRAT PhD projects are competition funded by QUADRAT NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (How To Apply). This opportunity is open to UK and International candidates (including EU nationals) and provides funding to cover stipend, UK level tuition fees and a research and training support grant (RTSG). Please refer to the UKRI website, Annex B of the UKRI Training Grant Terms and Conditions and our funding and eligibility page for full eligibility criteria.

PLEASE NOTE: QUADRAT funding does not cover visa costs (either for yourself or for accompanying family members), immigration health surcharge or any other additional costs associated with relocation to the UK.

PLEASE NOTE: selection is based on academic ability and performance at interview; incomplete applications will not be considered and we cannot chase missing documents.

 

Find out HOW TO APPLY here

Please watch: Introduction to QUADRAT recorded presentation

 

The QUADRAT DTP is funded by NERC and, as such, is regulated by the Terms and Conditions of Research Council Training Grants.

QUADRAT DTP students are funded for a minimum of 42 months (full time or up to 84 months part-time), to start the following October. They include:

  • Stipend based on RCUK rates (currently £15,609 for the 2021/22 academic year)
  • UK Level Tuition Fees
  • Research and Training Costs (£11,000)

PLEASE NOTE: QUADRAT funding does not cover visa costs (either for yourself or for accompanying family members), immigration health surcharge or any other additional costs associated with relocation to the UK.

The QUADRAT DTP is funded by NERC and, as such, is regulated by the Terms and Conditions of Research Council Training Grants.

Eligibility

To be classed as a Home student, you must:

  1. be a UK National (meeting residency requirements),
    OR
  2. have settled status in the UK (meeting residency requirements),
    OR
  3. have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements),
    OR
  4. have indefinite leave to remain or enter in to the UK

See below for residency requirements.

Please note: Irish nationals living in Ireland (Republic of Ireland) are now considered to be international candidates.

You must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately prior to the start of the studentship (01 October 2022). UK Nationals who have temporarily been abroad to study during this period will still be eligible for home fee status.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be classed as an international student.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject.

Applicants with a minimum of a 2.2 Honours degree may be considered providing they have a Distinction at Master’s level.

Please see the below linked information specific to international applicants:

UK Government guidance on obtaining a student visa can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa and immigration health surcharge information can be found here. Both universities also have specialist teams who can help you through these processes. Please see the links below for more information:

Queen’s University Belfast:

University of Aberdeen:

Please make yourself aware of the extra costs associated with visas and immigration health surcharge prior to submitting an application. QUADRAT DTP studentships cannot cover these additional costs.

CASE studentships include a CASE partner which is a non-academic organisation within the public, private or third sector providing enhanced training opportunities.

More information on CASE partnerships can be found here: https://www.quadrat.ac.uk/opportunities/case-studentships/

  1. The call for applications will open in early October 2021.
  2. The deadline to apply is 23.59 (UK time) on Wednesday 1st December 2021.
  3. References must be submitted no later than Friday 31st December 2021. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all references are received by this date.
  4. Supervisors are asked to nominate candidates for interview by Thursday 20th January 2022.
  5. Nominations are reviewed by the QUADRAT Management Board before interview invitations are issued.
  6. Interview invitations are expected to be sent out the week of Monday 7th February 2022. You should not expect to hear from us before this date except for a confirmation of the submission of your supporting documents via email.
  7. Interviewees are asked to submit a pre-recorded presentation to the interview panel by Thursday 17th February 2022.
  8. Interview outcomes will follow as quickly as possible after the interviews. Please be aware that this can take up to 3 weeks depending on the number of applications received. Please do not chase an outcome, we will contact you as quickly as we can.
  9. Reserve candidates will be notified of their status after offers have been made.
  10. Unsuccessful outcomes will then be issued.
  11. Wednesday 16th March 2022: UKRI Universal Acceptance Date. Offer holders are not required to accept or decline an offer before this date.
  12. Offer holders who accept the offer will then be asked to formally apply through the institutional portal. Admissions will determine fee status and issue a conditional or unconditional offer. A formal funding award letter will follow the academic offer.
  13. If an offer is declined, we will move to the reserve list. This can occur at any time from March to September 2022.