Project Submission Guidelines

Supervisor Eligibility

To be eligible to act as a supervisor for a DTP PhD student, a member of staff must:

  • have been approved by their Head of Department or Division as suitable to supervise an RCUK PhD student
  • have a current contract which exceeds the length of the PhD studentship, in order to ensure continuity of supervision for the student.

Staff members should ideally have completed their 3-year probation period at one of the DTP partner organisations, however staff members still within their probation period may act as primary supervisor, provided that a senior member of staff from the same department is also included as part of the supervisory team (but not necessarily as the secondary supervisor).

Project Rules

A member of staff may submit a maximum of 3 projects as primary supervisor:

  • One with a colleague from their own institution;
  • One with a colleague from another institution in the Partnership, and
  • One with a second supervisor and the involvement of an Associate (CASE) Partner.

Academics are limited to being primary supervisors for one studentship in any one cohort and are not allowed to act as primary supervisor to students in consecutive cohorts. An individual member of staff can be a second supervisor on an unlimited number of other projects, as required and/or desired.

Each PhD project must include at least one supervisor from one of our University partners, capable of awarding doctoral degrees.

The primary supervisor of a project must be a member of one of the departments listed below.

Eligible Departments

The following departments belong to the consortium:
Birkbeck University: Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Department of Geography
Brunel University: Institute of Environment, Health and Societies
Institute of Zoology
Kings College London: School of Basic & Medical Biosciences, Division of Analytical, Environmental & Forensic Sciences, Department of Geography, Department of Diabetes, Department of Nutritional Studies
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Natural History Museum
Queen Mary University of London: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences, School of Geography
Royal Holloway University of London: School of Biological Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Department of Geography
University College London: Anthropology, Archaeology, Earth Sciences, Genetics, Evolution & Environment, Geography, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, Space and Climate Physics, Statistical Science

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