CASE/Collaborative Studentships

A CASE studentship is a collaborative research project, where an external partner joins with a university to co-supervise and co-fund a studentship project.  Students can apply for specific CASE projects through the DTP and be considered for those projects directly.

Standard DTP studentships can also be converted to a CASE studentship after recruitment, if a suitable external research partner organisation can be found.  CASE conversions can occur at any time during a studentship.

A CASE studentship offers research partners an excellent opportunity to have a D.Phil student working closely with them on a project of direct relevance.  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.

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

Some research partners (notably organisations that can receive grant income from UKRI, like NERC centres and Independent Research Organisations) cannot formally act as CASE partners, but nonetheless support collaborative research projects. These projects involve close collaboration with external research partners, but may 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.

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