How to apply

Application Eligibility

Application information and selection criteria can be found on the central University pages here.

Application Procedure

For all candidates – Overseas, Self-funded and Studentship (UK/EU)

Before submitting a full application for a position on the programme, all candidates are required to send a copy of their most recent CV via e-mail to the Programme Administrator at: to assess your suitability for the course. If advised to submit an application, all applicants are required to follow the relevant University’s guidelines regarding the admissions process. Please note that applicants for BBSRC iCASE studentships should contact the academic supervisor, or the main contact listed in the project details for the specific project they wish to be considered for, to determine whether they are encouraged to apply before submitting an application.

Applications will be assessed by the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University once they have been submitted.  

Specific scholarships are awarded competitively to Home/EU students who are planning to undertake research projects involving DTP partner organisations (The Pirbright Institute, Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source). Please indicate when applying if you wish to be considered for one of these scholarships.

The fastest, most efficient and preferred method of application to the University of Oxford is via the secure online application form.  Paper applications are only acceptable in exceptional circumstances where it is not possible for you to apply online. If you do have an exceptional need to use a paper form, please contact Graduate Admissions and Funding.

Details of how to apply to the DTP via Oxford Brookes University are available here.

Four-year studentships are available funded by the BBSRC, University of Oxford, DTP partner organisations, non-academic partner organisations and various Charitable Trusts. Restrictions on eligibility set by individual funding bodies will apply.

The next closing date for applications is 25th January 2019

Home and EU Students

In order to apply for a BBSRC Studentship and place on the DTP programme at the University of Oxford, it is essential that Home and EU candidates enter the correct Source Code on the application form.

This is: 19DTP

EU students please note the BBSRC has confirmed that EU nationals will remain eligible for research council studentships for the 2019/20 academic year.

The University of Oxford has imposed an application fee, details of which are found in the Notes of Guidance. You can pay a single fee and submit an application to the DTP and a second application to certain closely related programmes and departments. Details of programmes for which this applies are available here. This fee is non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the application.

Overseas Applicants

Please be aware that overseas applicants are not eligible for BBSRC studentships but we encourage overseas applicants to look into the number of University scholarship opportunities available. Please see the Fees, funding and scholarship search for details.