24 October 2019

Scientists of the future

Kew is included as a partner in two Doctoral Training Partnerships as part of a multi-million pound bioscience investment.

By Kew Science News

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Today, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have announced a £170 million investment in training through the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The investment will fund 1,700 PhD researchers over five annual cohorts. Kew is delighted to announce its partnership in two of the 12 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP), invited by BBSRC to deliver this training.

Kew is an associate partner in the DTP led by University College London, along with other partners including Animal and Plant Health Agency and Food Standards Agency. 27 studentships will be made available each year for the next five years through this DTP.

Kew is also an associate partner in the DTP led by John Innes Centre, with partners including The Sainsbury Laboratory and Earlham Institute. Here, at least 18 studentships will be awarded each year.

Currently, over 60 PhD students are co-supervised by academic staff from Kew, partnering with a number of universities both in the UK and abroad. Kew’s unrivalled plant and fungal collections, along with the unique expertise of our 350 science staff, makes Kew a fascinating and rewarding place to conduct doctoral training. 

Richard Gianfrancesco, Senior Science Officer Education & Communications, Kew says:

"It is fantastic to see the commitment by UKRI to fund doctoral training in bioscience for the next five years. With Kew at the forefront of plant and fungal species discovery and use, we look forward to welcoming the next generation of plant and fungal scientists to continue this important work."

The DTPs will start in October 2020 and applications are open now. Please visit the London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme and Norwich Research Park Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership websites to apply.

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