EPSRC announces £83.5m boost for PhD training

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will invest an additional £83.5 million this year in doctoral training partnerships in the UK, universities and science minister David Willetts has announced.

The funds will be allocated to 38 universities to allow them to support PhD students, and includes £10 million for doctoral prizes – additional funding that universities can award to the best EPSRC-funded PhDs to improve student retention.

The government recently committed to funding 22 new centres for doctoral training (CDTs) through research councils with a £106 million investment. This additional funding will be allocated to universities for postgraduate studentships, based on their EPSRC research grant income. ‘The grants will complement the funding for CDTs and provide universities with flexible funding to support doctoral students in their own priority areas,’ said incoming EPSRC chief executive Philip Nelson in a statement.

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