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We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for our prestigious Doctoral Antimicrobial Research Training (DART) studentships.

You will undertake your research degree at the world-renowned Norwich Research Park, investigating topics such as translational medicine, rapid diagnosis of infectious disease and understanding resistance development in antibiotics.

These fully-funded MRC studentships will focus on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) related research, benefitting from academic-industry iCASE collaboration. Spending a minimum of 3 months working with the project’s industrial partner, this is a great opportunity to take your research career to the next level in a cutting edge, collaborative research environment surrounded by experts in the field. 

Title Description Supervisor Institute Application deadline Project start date
Using ATP to understand AMR: a modelling challenge (LANGRIDGE_Q19DART) This collaborative project will assess the impact of antimicrobials upon ATP metabolism in uropathogenic bacteria. Dr Gemma Langridge Quadram Institute Bioscience 11 November 2019 1 January 2020
Finding Achilles Heel: Investigating how to control major bacterial pathogens (WEBBER_Q20DART) The aim of the project is to generate data that will help develop the next generation of infection control products to help control the threat from AMR bacterial infections. Dr Mark Webber Quadram Institute Bioscience 2 December 2019 1 October 2020


To learn more about the MRC DART iCASE doctoral training programme please contact mrcdart@norwichresearchpark.ac.uk

Entry requirements:

Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements as specified by UKRI-MRC, as well as the UEA entry requirements for postgraduate research degrees.

The studentships are for 3.5 years and cover full tuition fees (Home/EU), a student stipend (2019/20 UKRI stipend of £15,009pa plus an iCASE partner contribution of £2,500pa) and a Research Training Support Grant (£5,000pa) and are available to students who meet the UK residency requirements.

All candidates should check the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) training grant policy to confirm their eligibility for funding before they apply.

See Annex B of the UKRI Training Grant Guidance document for ‘Residential and Eligibility Guidelines for UKRI Funded Studentships’.

Academic Eligibility

Applicants for DART MRC iCASE studentships must have obtained (or be about to obtain), a First or Upper Second-class UK Honours degree, or qualifications gained outside the UK that are considered to be equivalent, in an appropriate area relevant to their proposed field of research. Applicants with a Lower Second-class degree will be considered if they also have a Master’s degree, or have significant relevant additional non-academic experience. Studentships awarded based on predicted grades will be conditional upon final results.

If English is not their first language, applicants must also meet the University’s English language requirements. Details of English Language requirements for candidates for research degrees can be found on the UEA website.

Residence Eligibility

Normally, to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education). For further information regarding residence requirements, please see the regulations above. These include further information, for example, about refugees, migrant workers, residence for education and EEA nationals.

In most cases UK and EU nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the course are eligible for a full award. Other EU nationals may qualify for a fees-only award if they meet the EU residency requirements.

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