Doctoral Training Partnerships

Providing research, professional, technical and personal development training in a multi-disciplinary environment.

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Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) provide excellent research, professional, technical and personal development training in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Kew is a named partner for a number of DTPs including Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP (offered by Imperial College London), Oxford Environmental Research DTP (Oxford University), the techne AHRC DTP (Royal Holloway, University of London consortium), London Interdisciplinary DTP and Norwich Research Park DTP. Students enrolled on these and other DTPs can carry out research projects at Kew.  

The application and selection processes differ for each DTP, so please refer to the links below for more information.

The first two DTPs cover environmental research, the techne DTP and SMAC CDP cover the arts and humanities. The LIDo and NRP DTPs are focused on biosciences. 

Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership

The Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) DTP is a PhD programme co-ordinated by Imperial College London.

Kew is one of six Core Research Partners that along with other partners, offer training and development opportunities to the next generation of environmental experts and leaders.

Students will join a multi-year and interdisciplinary cohort spanning all areas of environmental research. 

There are 14 fully funded studentships available which include tuition fees, a London-weighted stipend and consumables budget.

The studentships are open to UK, EU and overseas applicants but each group has different eligibility requirements so check the website

Available projects

There are currently no projects open for application.

Oxford Environmental Research Doctoral Training Partnership

The Oxford DTP in Environmental Research offers world-class training for the next generation of researchers working at the frontiers of environmental research.

It aims to provide training to postgraduate research students to help them launch a successful, independent research career. 

Applications for 2020 entry has now closed.

For information about the programme please visit the Environmental Research DTP website.

TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

The TECHNE consortium comprises nine universities in London and the South-East and has over 50 AHRC scholarships to award each year across a range of arts and humanities disciplines.

Kew is actively involved in the consortium, which is currently funding four joint AHRC PhD students through Partnership awards.

Their joint supervisors with Kew are at Royal Holloway, Roehampton University and the University of Brighton. Opportunities are advertised through the TECHNE website.

Potential students with a specific plan of research in arts or humanities, or supervisors at any TECHNE university, are invited to contact Mark Nesbitt or Fiona Ainsworth any time (at the latest by June each year) to discuss project proposals. 

Science Museums and Archives Consortium (SMAC) - Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP)

In 2019 Kew joined SMAC, in partnership with BT Archives, Science Museum Group, The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and the Royal Society.

The Consortium offers six AHRC PhD studentships each year in arts and humanities, with joint supervision between one or more SMAC partners and a supervisor at any UK university.

Potential supervisors are invited to contact Mark Nesbitt or Fiona Ainsworth any time (at the latest by July each year) to discuss project proposals. Projects that involve more than one consortium member are particularly welcome.

Successful projects will be advertised to potential students each spring, through the SMAC website.

London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme

The London Interdisciplinary programme (LIDo) is a four-year programme aimed at graduates with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research.

The DTP invites applications from students from a wide range of backgrounds including biological, biomedical, veterinary, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical disciplines. 

Partners within the BBSRC DTP include UCL, King’s College London, Birkbeck, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, Royal Veterinary College, Royal Holloway University of London and the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich. Kew is a collaborative partner within the DTP.

Fully funded studentships are available for home (UK/EU) tuition fees and a tax-free stipend, please check the eligibility requirements.  

Applications for September 2020 have now closed. For more information about the programme visit the LIDo DTP website

Norwich Research Park Doctoral Training Partnership 

The Norwich Research Park Doctoral Training Partnership (NRPDTP) is a Biosciences PhD programme involving the John Innes Centre, Earlham Institute, Quadram Institute Bioscience, The Sainsbury Laboratory and University of East Anglia. Kew is an associate partner within the DTP.

The DTP offers excellent research opportunities across all scientific themes and strategic priorities of the UKRI – BBSRC. 

Fully funded studentships are available for Home/International students including tuition fees, stipend and a research training support grant. For more details about the programme and how to apply visit the NRPDTP website.

Applications for October 2021 are now closed.

Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE)

ACCE is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool, York, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and Natural History Museum.

Available projects

There are currently no projects open for application.

Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA)

CENTA is a consortium of eight research intensive Universities and research institutes that are working together to provide excellence in doctoral research training within the remit of the Natural Environment Research Council.

Available projects

There are currently no projects open for application.

East of Scotland Bioscience (EASTBIO)

EASTBIO is a partnership between universities in the east of Scotland: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, St Andrews, University of Stirling, the James Hutton Institute, the Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), the Moredun Research Institute, and the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC). 

Available projects

There are currently no projects open for application.


The Envision Doctoral Training Programme brings together a powerful group of UK researchers with industry and NGO partners to provide a new generation of environmental scientists with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to take on the challenges of a changing world.

Available projects

There are currently no projects open for application.

Other sources of funding

The Emily Holmes Memorial Scholarship is a Kew-administered and open to PhD students. For more information visit our bursaries page. It is also worth looking on the website of your partner university for other sources of funding.

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