University Alliance leading the way on international PHD opportunities

University Alliance and our partners today launched a new call for applications for a scheme that will support international researchers to gain doctoral fellowships at eight of the country’s leading technical and professional universities.

The DTA3/COFUND builds on the Doctoral Training Alliance, which is the largest nationwide multi-partner initiative of its kind. Run by University Alliance, it builds on the research strengths and industry-focus of its members to produce independent, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically important areas.

This is the third year the scheme will run, which so far has enabled over 80 students to study in the UK.

The programme is supported by a €6.5 million grant from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Doctoral Fellowship programme.

The programme offers doctoral researchers in the fields of Applied Biosciences for Health, Energy & Social Policy a range of support including:

Professor Debra Humphris, Chair of University Alliance and VC of COFUND member, University of Brighton commented: 

” The DTA3/COFUND programme is one of a kind and distinct in its offering for students, universities and institutions, and it’s fantastic to see it go from strength to strength.

As the UK’s largest multi-institution partnership of its kind, the DTA enables University Alliance members to attract talent from overseas and operate internationally. This unique and leading model for recruiting and training PHD candidates provides valuable resources and support for students, giving them the opportunity to work across a wide network of experts whilst studying at one of the UK’s top technical and professional universities.

As we look to the challenges and opportunities posed by Brexit, the Doctoral Training Alliance provides a strategically important resource. The opportunities being created will strengthen the UK research and innovation ecosystem and help us stay competitive. The programme responds to the needs of industry and the challenges facing society, training independent, highly-employable researchers with relevant skills and expertise to thrive in strategically important sectors.”

University Alliance has today announced the next wave of places, with applications open between 5th September and 14th October 2019. The new opportunities created through the programme are advertised at


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

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