CASE Studentships

A CASE studentship is one where an external partner joins with a university to co-supervise and co-fund a studentship project.  In some cases these are awarded by the Research Council in advance of student recruitment after an application from a supervisor and partner, these are known as Industrial CASE (ICASE).  ICASE awards are for a single studentship, to research a specific topic with a particular supervisor.

A standard DTP studentship can be converted to a CASE studentship after recruitment,  NERC has given its DTPs a target of 30% CASE conversions, by the end of the award in 2020.  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 http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/postgrad/focused/industrial-case/

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

Please contact enquiries@env-res.ox.ac.uk if interested.