CASE Studentships

A CASE studentship is one where an external partner joins with a university to co-supervise and co-fund a studentship project.  With the ending of the ICASE scheme, the only mechanism by which partners can offer CASE studentships is through DTPs.  Students can now apply to a specific CASE project through the DTP and be considered for that project, rather than for admission to a Research Stream where they will write their own project.

A standard DTP studentship can also be converted to a CASE studentship after recruitment,  NERC has given its DTPs a requirement of 25% CASE conversions, by the end of the award in 2028.  CASE conversions can occur at any time during a studentship.

A CASE studentship offers unbeatable value for money for the partner institution, which will have a D.Phil student working closely with them on a project of direct relevance to them.  For this reason we encourage partners, and potential partners of the DTP to get involved with project development at an early stage.

NERC requires the CASE partner to supplement the studentship by paying at least £1000 per year to the lead Research Organisation for the duration of their involvement, and to meet the extra expenses incurred by students visiting and working in their establishments. They are also expected to contribute in cash or in kind towards necessary materials.
The student must spend between three and eighteen months in total with their CASE partner in a workplace outside the academic environment. These requirements apply to all CASE studentships regardless of their funding route.

More information on CASE studentships and eligibility can be found on the NERC website here

We have a number of projects currently underway which are eligible to be converted to CASE if a partner is interested in getting involved.

Collaborative studentships

These are similar to CASE but in most cases do not include a financial support component.  They do however give the opportunity to work closely with an external partner on a problem of real-world significance.  Please see our Collaborative Projects page.

Please contact if interested.


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