YCEDE Seminar Series: Directly Funded PhDs – STEM CDTs, DTPs and fully funded PhDs – 5th December, 12:00 – 13:30

Following on from the Brad-ATTAIN/YCEDE seminar: What is a PhD and How to Apply session, YCEDE are proud to present a new session around Directly Funded PhDs – STEM CDTs, DTPs and fully funded PhDs.

The benefits of studying your PhD with a CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training) or DTP (Doctoral Training Partnership) are numerous: full funding for 4 years of study, professional development, industry links and support from a community of postgraduate researchers already on the programme.

But how do these programmes work? How much ownership does a student have over their PhD study? Where does the supervisor contact begin? How do I stand out from other applicants?

CDT and DTP managers, academic directors and current students will be on hand to explain the inner workings of these much sought-after PhD programmes. The session will cover:

  1. Directly Funded PhDs
  2. Examples of CDTs & DTPs
  3. The benefits of studying on these programes
  4. How to find and apply for these PhDs
  5. Hear from academics within our White Rose university programme
  6. Hear from students currently studying on these programmes / alumni
  7. Your questions and future support from YCEDE

Register now to be a part of the online session (recordings are available if you are unable to make the live event).

For more information about DTPs and CDTs follow the links below.

Extinction Studies DTP (University of Leeds). @ExtinctionDTP. Cross-disciplinary Doctoral Training Programme in Extinction Studies based at the University of Leeds.

The NERC Panorama DTP trains the next generation of environmental scientists via PhD programmes at the Universities of Leeds, York, and Hull.

The White Rose BBSRC DTP brings together the research of world-class molecular and cellular biosciences at the White Rose universities of Leeds, Sheffield, and York.

Fluids Dynamics lies at the heart of many societal and industrial challenges with practical application in the engineering and physical sciences and further into geophysical, astrophysical, environmental and biomedical regimes. The Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics is a cross-disciplinary research institute that brings together expertise in a collaborative framework in order to maximise the effectiveness and impact of fluids research.

Additionally, the research institute is currently advertising a funded PhD position.


The Yorkshire Consortium for Equity in Doctoral Education (YCEDE) is a collaboration between five universities in Yorkshire, 12 UKRI funded Doctoral Training partnerships and Centres for Doctoral Training plus a number of external partners dedicated to equity at doctoral level. Central to YCEDE is the question of access to doctoral study for graduates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

OfS, Research England and YCEDE partners have committed to invest more than £3.6 million over 4 years to improve access and participation of BAME people in postgraduate research study across Yorkshire. The project is divided into four workstreams led by different people and involving all partners. University of Bradford is involved in Workstream 3: Enhancing the on-course doctoral experience lead by Prof Udy Archibong. The workstream will develop a tailored mentoring package for PGRs of Colour through developing 1-2-1 mentoring with academics and non-academics.

Analysis of doctoral application success rates at YCEDE partners show that home fee paying People of Colour are less likely to receive an offer than White British applicants, but where they receive an offer, are just as likely to go on to enrol as White applicants. As a consequence, important voices are not heard, and as a result, the research enterprise is deprived of invaluable opportunities for creative problem solving. YCEDE aims to reduce the gap in access to PGR education between home fee paying BAME and White applicants and thus the ethnicity gap in progression into academic and other research careers.