Doctoral Training Alliance – DTA3/COFUND PhD Opportunities

Doctoral Training Alliance – DTA3/COFUND PhD Opportunities

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.

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.



Applicants must apply using the online form on the University Alliance website. Read full details of the programme, eligibility details and a list of available research projects.

The final deadline for application is Monday 14 October 2019.

To qualify for a DTA3 opportunity, applicants must

  • Be ‘early-stage researchers’ (i.e. in the first four years of their research careers and not have a doctoral degree);
  • Not have been resident, nor carried out their main activity, in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before taking up a DTA3 opportunity
  • Not already be permanently employed by the entity where the DTA3 opportunity will take place.


  • If the UK is going to compete as a knowledge economy in the 21st Century, it needs a strong research and innovation ecosystem. Our Doctoral Training Alliance, developed by a group of Alliance universities, builds on our research strengths and industry-focused ethos. The training will produce independent, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas. It is the largest nationwide multi-partner initiative of its kind.
  • We are currently running three Doctoral Training Alliance programmes 1) in Applied Biosciences for Health; 2) in Energy and 3) in Social Policy.
  • Doctoral students will gain access to excellent research, an expert support network, and improved employment opportunities.


  • Participants will benefit from the world-class facilities, supervisors and support at their home institution as well as the wider DTA community to collaborate and share expertise with.
  • DTA3/COFUND participants will be employed for 36 months with a minimum salary of  (approximately) £22,300 per annum. Tuition fees will waived for DTA3/COFUND participants who will also be able to access an annual DTA elective bursary to enable attendance at DTA training events and interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance(s). Part-time opportunities may also be an option depending on the particular institution.  
  • The programme will develop participants’ vital research skills such as critical reasoning and epistemology as well as practical innovation and entrepreneurial expertise. The programme will ensure participants are job-ready and can apply the results of their excellent research to deliver impact. 


  • The DTA is designed and delivered with industry partners to respond to their needs and provide participants with placements, knowledge transfer and potential future employment opportunities.