Frequently asked questions for applications to the PhD Studentship Fund
What are the Trust’s priority areas for support?
- Research into the causes and treatments of disease, disability and frailty related to ageing
- Innovative projects to improve the care of older people, including rehabilitation and palliative care
Where can I find the deadlines for submission of an application?
When will I hear if my application has been successful?
What is the application process?
Submission of a detailed application form is required using the Trust’s grants portal.
How are applications assessed?
Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
- The commitment of the host department to ageing-related research – either currently or as part of a planned strategic development.
- Credibility and feasibility of plans to achieve benefit beyond the academic community to improve the health and well-being of older people.
- Credibility and quality of the proposed training programme and wider career development support.
- Value for money, creativity in the use of available resources and the ability to attract other funding and resources.
Is there a standard application form?
We require the submission of one detailed application form on our Grants Management Portal. Firstly, you will need to register on our Portal and then select either the PhD Studentship Scheme – multiple or PhD Studentship scheme – single. The online application form will only be available to complete when the scheme is open and so do check current deadlines for opening and closing dates. You can download a copy of the application form for a single studentship or multiple studentships to help you start planning your application. However, please remember that applications will only be considered if they have been submitted on the portal during the submission period. We will not be able to consider any applications that are emailed or posted to the office.
Where can I find help on registering for and using Dunhill's online Grants Management Portal?
What costs will we cover?
A maximum of £200k is available. This could cover, for example, a single fully-funded studentship encompassing:
- PhD stipend (at an appropriate rate, dependent on the location of the higher education institution and pro-rated if part-time)
- Tuition fees (UKRI home rates)
- an additional amount to cover research expenses (other course fees; travel; consumables; small equipment etc.)
We would particularly welcome applications that can provide financial support for several studentships as part of a strategic commitment to ageing-related research and be part funded by the host institution either financially* or in kind through the provision of services and/or facilities or tuition fee waiver.
*This may be university internal funds or funding from industry or other trusts, foundations or charities etc.
Please note that we will not contribute towards the Apprenticeship levy or overseas student fees
Guidance on specific non-staff cost items:
- Travel and subsistence costs for the student. These will normally be met and should be based on the most suitable and economical form of travel.
- Conference costs. The costs of attendance at conferences by the student may be met where attendance is to disseminate the findings of the research.
- Requests for project-specific items of equipment costing up to £10k may be met but should be fully justified.
- Non-UK costs (for e.g. specialist tests or assays) may be met, on condition that full justification is provided. It will, however, be the responsibility of the host institution to reimburse the non-UK institution for carrying out such tests.
- Computers and other IT equipment dedicated to the project may be met, on condition that full justification is provided.
- For data storage and archiving, we will contribute 50% towards these costs, up to a maximum of £500 per grant.
- We will meet justified payments for public involvement at INVOLVE rates
- Impact-related costs will be met
- Training course costs will be met
Do you accept applications for research involving the use of animals?
Do you accept applications for research involving research conducted in a Clinical Trials Unit?
Will the Trust act as a research sponsor?
Will I need to obtain ethical approval or a Home Office Licence before I apply?
Does the Trust have an Open Access Policy?
Does the Trust provide funding to cover Open Access fees?
When publishing papers arising from our funded grants, grant holders must also ensure that the Trust is correctly acknowledged.
Does the Trust have a policy on Intellectual Property Rights?
What is Researchfish?
Does the Trust have links to the tobacco industry?
PhD Studentship Fund
The Dunhill Medical Trust
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