DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship programme in 15 UK universities

Designation/Position- DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship programme

Applications for DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship programme is invited by select 15 UK universities from eligible and interested candidates.

About- University Alliance is a mission group representing and supporting modern civic universities with a professional and technical focus. Our work includes developing collaborative programmes through which our member universities seek to enhance their student experience and research such as the Doctoral Training Alliance – a unique cohort-based doctoral training programme with a strong interdisciplinary and industry-focused ethos. Its objective is to train and develop highly employable researchers in strategically important areas.The extended University Alliance Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA3) brings together our existing doctoral training initiatives in Applied Biosciences for Health, Energy and Social Policy following a €6.5million award from the European Commission, under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) COFUND scheme. 

Research/Job Area- Course offered by Universities

Location15 UK universities


To qualify for a DTA3 / COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral fellowship opportunity, applicants must

    • Be ‘early-stage researchers’ (i.e. in the first four years of their research careers and not have a doctoral degree). See Guidance from the EU for the definition of an early-stage researcher;
    • Not have been resident, nor carried out their main activity, in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before taking up a DTA3 / COFUND opportunity
    • Not already be permanently employed by the entity where the DTA3 / COFUND opportunity will take place.
    • Have a postgraduate master’s degree or a first/upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to the chosen research topic (see individual project details for more information);
    • Have a strong scholarly interest in the research, and a high level of motivation;
    • Demonstrate English language competency, as specified by the respective university.
  • For full details of requirements see the DTA3 / COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral fellowship job description and person specification.
  • All participating universities have a commitment to equality and diversity and welcome applications from under-represented groups. In addition, all participating universities are ‘Disability Confident’ or equivalent employers.
  • Successful candidates will be offered a contract of employment that will be conditional upon satisfactory references, the fulfilment of any conditions specified in the offer of a place on a PhD programme, and confirmation of the candidate’s right to work in the UK or ability to secure a valid visa, if required, from UK Visas and Immigration. Please note that as DTA3/COFUND PhD Fellows will be employees of the host university, a student visa (Tier 4) would not be counted as a valid visa.

Job/Position Description-

The DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship programme (DTA3 / COFUND) will be delivered across a consortium of 15 universities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The fifteen universities are:

It will develop 83 early stage researchers from across the EU and beyond as internationally-connected, independent researchers with interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral skills and experience, ready for industrial employment in the European and UK priority challenge areas of healthcare, clean energy and social policy.

The programme will foster transnational mobility through an extended network of international associate partners in Europe and overseas, including Australia and South Africa, to provide recruitment and international placements.

Early stage researchers can apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral fellowships to obtain an interdisciplinary PhD at a DTA3 / COFUND university and join our wider DTA cohort currently made up of 150 students & 300 supervisors.

The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604

How to Apply- To apply for a DTA3/COFUND fellow position please read all the information and then answer the two questions at the bottom of this page in order to proceed to the online application.

The information submitted in this application form will be shared with participating universities of the DTA3 / COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD fellowship programme, the EU(REA), independent members of the selection panel and relevant partners including those hosting international and industry placements. This will enable the assessment and selection of Early Stage Researchers to participate in the DTA3 / COFUND training programme and to support monitoring and evaluation of the initiative.

To apply for a DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship you will need to be an eligibility candidate (please read through the eligibility criteria found on our Eligibility page) and apply through our website by clicking on the How to apply? page. Please note, we do not accept any other forms of application, the only way to apply is through this website and not through individual universities.

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