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MRC LID Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

MRC LID Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

The London Intercollegiate Doctoral Training Partnership (MRC LID) brings together two outstanding specialist schools to provide integrated skills training to develop a cohort of biomedical and public health scientists with expertise in areas of strategic importance to UK and global medical research.

MRC LID is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and St George’s, University of London (SGUL).


Our Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme offers training across four diverse themes in which we have been at the forefront of innovative research and methodological development. This year applicants can select from 47 distinct research projects, which fit within at least one of our DTP themes:

  • Global Health
  • Health Data Science
  • Infectious Disease
  • Translational & Implementation Research

MRC LID students are registered at both partner institutions, and will have access to all research degree student opportunities (including training and student support) at both. Our research students benefit from working with internationally recognised researchers who are at the forefront of their disciplines.

Award details

MRC LID has 8-9 studentship awards to offer for a 2022-23 start. Of these, up to two awards may be offered to international students. Three awards have been ring-fenced for UK students from ethnic minority backgrounds.

For the duration of the award each MRC LID Studentship will provide:

  • Funding which covers tuition fees (at the Home fee rate), an annual stipend (at the UKRI rate with London weighting), and additional support for research, training, and travel
  • A wide range of opportunities for skills development, both related to the project and in broader areas of training
  • Unique opportunities to undertake placements in industry and with our partners and collaborators across the world
  • Cohort-building and training within and across intakes, providing a strong and engaged peer network across disciplines and institutions throughout the PhD journey

Applicants can apply for study via one of these routes:

  • 1+4 (1 year FTE Master’s programme followed by 4 years FTE PhD)
  • +4 (4 years FTE PhD)

Who should apply?

MRC LID is looking for enthusiastic, curious, and motivated individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Applicants must hold, or expect to obtain before September 2021, an undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK) in a relevant area.

Those applying for the +4 PhD Studentships should also preferably hold, or expect to obtain, a relevant Masters, or have a combination of relevant qualifications and experience and skills which demonstrates equivalent ability and attainment. This may include a period of employment or internship in a relevant environment.

Having a diverse student cohort is important to MRC LID. We recognise that academic and non-academic experiences enrich both staff and student learning and the LSHTM and SGUL communities as a whole. Our new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is a firm and public commitment to anti-racism and decolonising global public health, widening participation, and cultivating a supportive, inclusive, and diverse community of future scientific leaders.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 26 January 2022.

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