Studentship Terms, Conditions & Guidance
STFC postgraduate studentships enable promising scientists and engineers to continue training beyond a first degree. All studentship projects supported through STFC funding must fall within STFC remit. Details of the areas of science covered by STFC are available on the STFC website.
These pages provide information about STFC studentship awards for students, supervisors, Training Grant Co-ordinators and administrative officers at Research Organisations (universities, Institutions or other Independent Research Organisation eligible to receive Research Council funding).
Doctoral Training Partnership studentships and CASE studentships will be awarded to Research Organisation Departments in the form of a Training Grant TG).
Research Councils UK Training Grant Terms and Conditions
TGs are awarded under Terms and Conditions that have been agreed cross Council. RCUK have issued a Training Grant Guide to be read in conjunction with the terms and conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Further information on TGs can also be found in the TG Frequently Asked Questions document. All studentships funded from the TG are also subject to the terms and conditions set out in this document.
Acceptance of PhD studentships
STFC strongly recommends that prospective students should not be placed under undue pressure by departments to accept PhD places within short timescales. Therefore students should not be compelled to accept offers of PhD places prior to 31 March each year. Any prospective student subjected to pressure to accept a PhD place prior to the 31 March deadline is advised to email the Studentships Section.
In the efficient matching of students to available PhD places it is unhelpful if students keep multiple offers open until the 31 March deadline. Students should therefore aim to decide promptly (within two weeks) when they receive more than one offer and reject all but the one most favoured at that point. The rejected studentships can then be offered by Departments to other students without having to wait until the deadline.
These pages provide full information about STFC studentship awards and are aimed at students, supervisors and administration officers at higher education institutions.
Payments to the Student
Payments to the Institution
Industrial CASE & Industrial CASE-Plus awards
Disabled students' allowance
Overseas fieldwork for DTGS
Long term attachments (LTAs)
LTA to CERN
Student travel and medical insurance
Statistics and survey
Submission of a PhD thesis
Career path tracking
Other STFC-sponsored training opportunities
Short courses and summer schools
POST Postgraduate Placement Scheme
Roberts skills training funds
Closing dates, LTA forms and travel insurance documents